Leonie Roffe | LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counselling (MBACP)
Covid-19 Update: I am currently offering counselling sessions via Zoom and telephone at a reduced rate. If this feels like the right time for you to start counselling, please get in touch to find out more.
In a society where we are championed for being happy, strong and in control, it can seem daunting and even impossible at times to talk about how we truly feel in fear of becoming a burden or being judged.
Over the course of our lives, we are all likely to face times and challenges that we struggle to get through alone. Whether you are struggling to cope with anxiety, coming to terms with a bereavement, work stress or depression, to name a few, my role as a person-centred counsellor is to offer you a safe, compassionate space for healing and growth.
I believe no one knows you better than you know yourself, so my role is not to analyse the things you tell me or make my own assumptions about your experiences. Instead, I am committed to giving you a space where you can allow yourself to experience your emotions without judgement.
My counselling approach is LGBTQ+ affirmative. This means I provide a safe, accepting space for clients of all genders and sexualities. I follow the Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) model. This is a broader framework inclusive of anyone who doesn't fit the societal norm, for example, individuals who are polyamorous or practice kink.
This is an area I have some specific experience and training in, however, this doesn't mean that I only work with LGBTQ+ clients or around issues of diversity - I welcome clients of all identities and backgrounds.
My approach is informed by feminist theory. This means that I acknowledge we are all different: we are different in gender, race, class, as well as many other intersections. I understand that this means we are also sometimes treated differently to each other, and often treated unfairly. I may address the impact that oppression or experiences of discrimination can have on mental health, if this feels relevant to the counselling work.
For a lot of people, talking through their problems and feelings is really helpful and this is exactly what they want from counselling. Others may find it useful at times to be able to visualise how they feel in relation to their selves, their relationships and life experiences.
Sometimes it feels like there aren't the words to describe what we are experiencing. Working creatively, (drawing or using objects, for example), can allow us to see all of those things we would only normally experience inside ourselves, which can provide both clarity and a deeper connection to our feelings.
I may ask if you would like to try using creative methods at times, it I think it may be helpful. However, this is only an invitation, as I trust that you will use your sessions however is best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- FdSc Person-Centred Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (Pending qualification)
- ASIST Grassroots Suicide Intervention Training
- Working at Relational Depth
- Working with clients with ADHD
- LGBTQ Affirmative Training
- Understanding and Working with Self-Injury
- Sandtray Workshop
- Samaritans Training
Areas of Experience
- Chronic illness
- Life transitions
- Bereavement/ Bereavement by suicide
- Parenthood/ Becoming a new parent
- Sexual Abuse
- Suicidal ideation
- Low self-esteem
- Work/ study related stress
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Our initial meeting is £25. This is a chance for us to meet and for you to decide if you feel like I will be the right counsellor for you. After this point, all sessions are £35. This can be paid in cash or via bank transfer.