Leo Ricketts MBACP
For twenty-five years I worked in music, journalism, design, television and in the digital world. My own experiences with counselling and therapy led to my change of career.
There are many reasons why you might be looking for talking therapy. Often the same problems crop up over and over, even if they’ve been tackled before. These patterns are rarely random and I believe that an exploration of their causes can show the way to positive and long-lasting change.
You may not even know what’s wrong, just that something doesn’t feel right, and that you want to look at it.
Perhaps you feel you have no-one you can talk to about these feelings, or that the people close to you wouldn’t understand or be able to help. My professional training, therapeutic and life experience means I am able to offer you an impartial ear, the ability to examine issues from a fresh angle and a calm, neutral and non-judgemental environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training is in Transactional Analysis (TA) and I hold a postgraduate diploma in TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute.
I am in private practice which I run from my home, I also work with NHS clients and at a mental health charity.
As part of my continuing professional development I regularly attend specialist training and workshops to enhance and update my practice.
Alongside my client work, I am chair of the Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in North London (ACPNL). I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I also belong to The Relational School – a community of psychotherapists and counsellors who are dedicated to broadening their understanding of the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship.
Like the majority of therapists, I am in regular professional supervision and strictly adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework which supports the importance I give to safety, confidentiality, respect and equality.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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My session fee is £60 for individuals and £85 for couples.
Individual sessions are usually weekly, last 50 minutes and couples sessions are usually fortnightly and last and 75 minutes. I have a very limited number of spaces for lower-cost therapy, based on a sliding scale of your income.
My practice is rooted in the humanistic and relational traditions. A humanistic approach emphasises my belief in the intrinsic worth of every human being, and our natural tendency to self-fulfilment, choice and change.
The relational approach underlines the relationship between client and therapist as central to the therapeutic work and focuses on connectedness to others. I believe that in order for a person to be emotionally healthy, they must maintain fulfilling and satisfying relationships with those around them. My client and I work together to forge a strong, uplifting and secure relationship that can serve as a model for future relationships the client will strive to develop.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have appointments from 8am to 9pm, Monday to Thursday.
Types of client