About me

Are you carrying a silent pain that you wish the people around you could understand?

Do you try so hard to stay positive, juggle everything and make sure the world around you thinks you’re coping ok. Is the reality actually, that you are trying so hard to fight back the tears and anxiety each day. But in fact, you feel alone and don’t want to burden anyone.

Do you see the same unhealthy relationship patterns unravel year upon year? Maybe you are trapped in addiction, self harm or self destructive behaviour. Do you look for any way to escape those painful feelings? Are you reactive and angry with your partner but baffled as to how the conflict starts?

Do you feel anxious, panicked, sad, exhausted, lonely and unable to concentrate at work?   Would you like a safe space to explore these feelings? To look at how you’re past may be affecting your present? Are you just sick and tired of feeling so unhappy and long for a different journey? I would like to help you with this.

I listen, empathize and gently try to understand what it feels like to be you. I will help you to explore your issues but never push you to talk about things that you are not ready for. I can’t promise to fix you or instantly take away your pain, but I will help you to put the pieces of your jigsaw together and begin the path to healing and happiness.

My approach is integrative, which essentially means that I work from a toolbox of therapy techniques. This allows us to go at your pace and use the appropriate approaches for you and your unique personality. I am a warm, relatable person and my style of therapy is collaborative so I won’t just sit in silence. I will gently challenge and help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a non judgmental safe way.

If you think you would like therapy with me, then please send a text, email or give me a call. I understand committing to therapy takes courage, so I offer a free 15 min phone consultation in which you can give me a brief outline of why you would like counselling and ask any questions that you might have.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training took place on a BACP Accredited Course through Life-Force Colchester.

I achieved a Level III Diploma In Integrative Counselling

I currently work on the team at Life-Force centre for counselling in which I counsel adults only. I also provide telephone and video counselling (please see my website)

I have experience working with childhood trauma, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, addictions, domestic abuse, suicidal thoughts, toxic relationships, birth and pregnancy issues, Depression and anxiety, sexual issues, PTSD and emotionally unstable personality disorder.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

childhood trauma

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 an hour for in-person, telephone and video

I currently have daytime availability on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Life-Force Centre in Colchester

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Life Force
3 East Hill
Colchester
Essex
CO1 2QL

Colchester
Essex
CO7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Leonie Holmes

Leonie Holmes