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Integrative counsellor MBACP ( Accred )

About me

Have you reached a point where you sense you just can’t carry on feeling this way? Maybe it’s a recent breakup, or a build up of feelings that’s just all become too much to cope with on your own.

Perhaps you are carrying a silent pain that you wish the people around you could see.

Maybe you are tired of not feeling understood by those closest to you. I wonder if you have lost your trust in others, and reaching out for help often feels impossible.

You are really not alone, and I would like to help, your feelings do matter.

Welcome! My name is Leonie and I work therapeutically with adult survivors of complex and dysfunctional childhood relationships and trauma.  Jargon aside, this means simply, that we work together to try and make sense of your early relationships and experiences in childhood that you feel are still troubling you today.

You deserve to begin the journey to feeling more at peace.

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. 

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 and gently challenging so I won’t just sit there in silence! There might even be a sprinkling of humour thrown in when appropriate.

I remember what it was once like to be a client myself, so am aware of how nervous you might be. 

Above all I have a deep respect for you and your journey.

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

BACP Accredited Diploma in Therapeutic (Integrative) Counselling

Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory

Additional CPD

  • Online counselling best practice
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy ( DBT)
  • Working with PTSD
  • Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
  • Working with sexual abuse
  • Trauma and the body
  • Mindfulness
  • Narcissistic Relationships

I currently run a private practice at The Tree Room centre in Colchester in which I counsel adults only. I also provide telephone and video counselling (please see my website) in addition to my in-person work.

Previously worked on the team at The Life-Force Centre in Colchester counselling adults. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Childhood Trauma


£60.00 per session

Additional information

£60 an hour for in-person, telephone and video

I currently have daytime availability from 10am-6pm on a Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Tree Room Centre in Colchester

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

Counselling sessions can be a safe and consistent space to safely explore your feelings with me every week, when life feels really confusing and inconsistent.

The sessions will take place in a lovely peaceful room at The Tree Room Centre in Central Colchester. The location is a beautiful 16th century Grade II listed building based on Trinity Street in the centre of Colchester.

The therapy will take place at the same day and time each week.

The Tree Room Centre, 12 Trinity street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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