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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. I'm Leon.

I offer in-person counselling across two locations, online and phone.

I’m available for anyone that needs someone to talk too.

What is counselling ?

I believe counselling is a reflective journey, where we can open up and explore any issues or problems that may be troubling you.

Upon this journey your story and emotions may ‘ebb and flow’. The direction may change and the final destination may not be what you expected. Sometimes therapy can feel tough, however, I’m sure we can ‘weather the storm together’ and work towards calmer waters with a more settled horizon in sight.

I have an integrative and holistic approach to my work; my training has offered me the flexibility to draw upon a variety of theoretical approaches such as Person-Centred, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.

My approach

We are all individually unique, so I don't believe that therapy is always a 'one size fits all' mentality. My training, background and vast life experience gives me the flexibility to shift, accommodate and truly connect with my clients. Whatever your individual needs or personal circumstances may be. I see this as a 'bespoke' or made to measure, approach, with the client firmly at the helm.

Alongside my work I am committed to on-going professional development and further training to ensure my knowledge and experience is up to date. Being immersed in learning, self-development and awareness assists me in offering the best possible service for my clients.

Experience

I have worked with a wide range of people from teenagers to adults, from various social, racial and economic backgrounds.

I have very recently been volunteering for a large mental health charity in London, working with adults with mild to moderate mental health challenges.

I'm currently volunteering with Off The Record – Twickenham, local charity that provides the only free counselling service for young people aged 11–24 in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

My course was highly experiential, meaning that the learning process was taught through high levels of participation that remains embedded within me. We did not just learn the subject and skills. We lived and breathed it!

I believe this is very true to life, we are all forged in the 'fire' of our own process and a product of our unique and personal life experience.

"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength." - Sigmund Freud

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees

Sessions range from £50 - £70 depending on location and personal circumstances.

Locations

Paddington, W2

St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 3EE

Remote via Phone/Skype/Zoom

Initial Contact:

If this is your first time considering therapy, please do feel free to get in touch. I offer a free 20 minute telephone conversation where we can discuss the reasons why you would like therapy and I can answer any questions that you may have. If you wish, we can book an initial session / assesment.

Initial Session / Assesment:

This will be an opportunity to meet each other in person and break the ice. Here we can discuss your presenting problems and explore your expectations of therapy and intended goals.

If you are happy and feel that we can work together, we can go over our therapeutic contract and sign accordingly.

Once secured, sessions will be held on a weekly basis during the same time slot. I have experience working with both short term and long time clients.

***I also offer a limited number of low cost places - if you are a student or on a low income please contact me for further information.***

Availability

In-Person Therapy

W2 Paddington

St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 3EE

Remote-Therapy

Online/Phone

Botanica Medica
24 Crown Road
Twickenham
TW1 3EE

London
W2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Leon Smith [MBACP] Registered

Leon Smith [MBACP] Registered