Leon Standing MA Registered Member MBACP, FDAP (NCAC)
Hello, my name’s Leon,
It’s not always easy finding someone to share your difficulties with, someone who really listens and accepts you, and does not judge you. I am an experienced and accredited Counsellor and Therapist but also a fellow human-being who has a genuine interest in the welfare of others.
It is through my personal life experiences and training that has given me the opportunity to work with, and become understanding towards many life issues. I have many life concerns that I am trained in and have a special interest in such as: All Addictions, Depression, Anxiety & other mental health concerns, Suicidal thoughts, Self-harm, Anger issues, Loss and Bereavement, Abuse (emotional, mental, physical, sexual, spiritual), Family and Marriage/Relationship issues, Childhood issues, and Trauma. I work with adolescents aged 18-25, adults, couples, older people and families.
I specialise and have extensive experience and training in the field of Addiction. I am full-time in my private practice but I feel privileged to have worked in the past for Elysium Healthcare, and The Priory Hospital - Brighton & Hove on their in-patient and out-patient Addiction Treatment Program (ATP), offering 1-1 therapy, group therapy, family therapy, psycho-educational/creative workshops and groups to client's for their treatment and recovery process. I also previously facilitated their family programme offering group therapy and educational workshops to family members. Working with family members affected by addiction is a special interest of mine. I can offer sessions for family members based on my experience of running an addiction family programme.
I also provide post-treatment aftercare counselling for private addiction treatment companies that offers private treatment for alcohol and drug-related issues.
I have previously been a volunteer counsellor for CRI (Formerly - Sussex Alcohol and Substance use Service - SASS). They provided me with additional experience and counselling training in working with substance misuse.
Whether its drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, the internet, food, shopping, relationships (Co-dependency) or anything else: we can try and find a way out.
At times life can be difficult. Sometimes it may feel like life isn't moving forward and you keep repeating the same old patterns and nothing changes. You may be dwelling on the past or worried about the present or the future. You may just be in a place of general unhappiness where you just don't know what to do. In becoming aware of ourselves and how we operate we are able to make fresh choices, see a new perspective, change things, move forward and find our full potential. I believe in peoples capacity to thrive when they are given the right conditions to do so.
My counselling and therapy training has taught me the Integrative approach to working with people. This enables me to draw from many therapeutic approaches so we can find a way of working that meets your individual requirements.
I have been in private practice for many years now and I love what I do. My aim is to offer something different.
I offer long term open-ended therapy to explore deeper issues, or focused short term counselling for specific problems.
I have a quiet and private room in Hove. The venue is close to public transport and there is on-street parking available. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters of Arts (MA) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practise
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy - Postgraduate Level
Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate - Institute of Transactional Analysis
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Elysium Healthcare – The Brighton & Hove Clinic – Out-patient Clinic and Day Care Addiction Treatment Programme (ATP) – offering 1-1 and Group therapy, family therapy and psycho-educational/creative workshops and groups in relation to addiction and life issues. I also facilitate their family programme offering group therapy and workshops to family members. I also have a 1-1 out-patient clinic offering therapy to patient's who have seen a consultant Psychiatrist and require therapy for various mental health issues such as: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, and personality disorders.
Elysium Healthcare - The Brighton & Hove Clinic - Inpatient detox and Addiction Treatment Programme (ATP) - offering 1-1 and group therapy, family therapy and psycho-educational/creative workshops and groups in relation to addiction and life issues. I also facilitate their family programme offering group therapy and workshops to family members.
Priory Healthcare - The Priory Hospital - Brighton & Hove - Inpatient detox and Addiction Treatment Programme (ATP) - offering 1-1 and Group therapy, family therapy and psycho-educational/creative workshops and groups in relation to addiction and life issues. I also facilitate their family programme offering group therapy and workshops to family members.
CRI (Formerly SASS) - short-term 1-1 Counselling for individuals with substance misuse issues
Sussex Alcohol and Substance use Service - Counsellor Clinical Training - short-term 1-1 Counselling for individuals with substance misuse issues
The Priory Hospital - Addiction Treatment Programme - Therapeutic group work
Emotional Support for Carers - Counsellor Clinical Training - Long-term Counselling/Psychotherapy for Carers
Coastal West Sussex Mind - Supporting the recovery of individuals with low - complex mental health issues
Northbrook Student Achievement Award
Northbrook Higher Education Graduation - Outstanding Achievement Award (Counselling)
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and i am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP)
Accredited Substance Misuse Counsellor (NCAC) by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP)
All work undertaken is supervised in accordance with the BACP and FDAP. I attend fortnightly supervision with a highly experienced supervisor for all client work.
I am also committed and enjoy furthering my development as a person and as a practitioner and attend regular additional training and engage in CPD activities.
Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals
FDAP is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector.
Membership of FDAP is open to individual practitioners and managers, service providers, academic institutions and commissioning bodies and there are different categories of membership.
FDAP members are bound by a Code of Practice and subject to a Complaints & Disciplinary Procedures.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Area's I specialise in or have a special interest:
Family, marital and relationship issues are a special interest of mine.
Childhood issues - Another special interest of mine is what was it like for you growing up? and how has this shaped you as an adult?
Addiction - What is addiction? and why do we get addicted?
Co-dependency - “Co-dependency” can be defined as “the addiction to a supportive role in a relationship”. This means that you may be living through and for another person, taking care of their every need, trying to fix their problems, feeling constantly anxious about that other person, and taking on the blame for their failures. A person who acts in this way is called “codependent”. This often occurs through being raised in a dysfunctional family or in having a ill parent.
Mental Health Issues - I have an interest in mental health issues such as: Types of Depression, Anxiety and Personality Disorders.
Sessions are offered at £60 for individuals and £80 for couples on a weekly basis at a regular time for 50 minutes.
I offer daytime and evening sessions - Monday to Friday. I am returning to face-to-face therapy on Monday 13th July but will continue offering sessions by phone or online.