Leonie Steele -MBACP, PG Cert, Couns Dip, BSc (Hons).
I believe emotional health matters and I hope the information about me helps you to make an informed decision.
I am an honest and ethical counsellor who is registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I abide by their code of ethics. I also hold a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).
I believe we are all unique and one size doesn't fit all. I offer and facilitate an empathic, non- judgemental environment and an open/flexible approach to meet your goal/explore your difficulties.
Offering you a safe, confidential and trusting relationship to build from gives you the time to voice your feelings and thoughts openly and honestly. I am able to work with you, so that you can understand your situation and make decisions that are pertinent for you to help you move forward.
Counselling is about change and this can help provide a space for you to explore how you feel about your difficulties, and how this may change for you through our sessions together.
My role is to be respectful and mindful of your focus, ensuring that I work alongside you as we explore your feelings in our sessions in a safe and confidential environment.
I am trained in using Person Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to help my clients. This training allows me to adapt to individual needs, working short or long term.
I work with adults 18yrs+ on a one to one basis via: telephone/online (video- Zoom) or face to face.
Sessions that are face to face are from a safe and confidential environment where there are stairs and parking facilities.
For those who are unable to attend face to face or live out of area, I can work via telephone or video e.g. Zoom.
Due to COVID -19 update as of 5/7/21, I will be offering face to face appointments from 19/7/21. I only request that masks are worn until seated and upon leaving. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
I have worked with a wide variety of difficulties/issues, some of which are the following:
- Low Mood/Depression
- Historical sexual abuse, including historical childhood sexual abuse
- General Counselling
- Loss- in its many forms such as: Bereavement, Job Loss, Physical Health changes and adjustment to this.
Long term or short term work.
I offer a safe confidential space; we will go through contracting/confidentiality which is very import in knowing your rights and where we agree expectations.
Once this is agreed you can start the session from where you feel you can. We will review regularly to ensure sessions are helpful usually at session 4 and again at session 8 and so on. There are no limits to sessions, however you can choose to stop at any point.
I have regular supervision to ensure best practice and that I continue to work ethically and I am fully insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CFD)- Currently in the process of completing this with the University of Nottingham.
- Attachment Certificate from the Bowlby Centre.
- Level 4 Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.
- BSc Hons in Psychology.
I attend Continued Professional Development (CPD) throughout the year.
I currently work in the NHS as a counsellor.
I have worked for R.O.S.A (Rape or Sexual Assault charity) for 2 years.
Previously worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the NHS for 3 years and prior to this gained a wide experience of working within a community setting for mental health charities.
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
£40.00 per session
We can have a free initial 30-minute consultation, for us to get an idea if we are compatible and from there, we can discuss further appointments.
Each session is 60 minutes and costs £40.
Sessions are usually weekly or fortnightly depending on what you require.
Online working requires advanced BACS payments.
I am available daily to arrange a 30 minute chat which can be by telephone or online.
I'm aware making contact with someone you don't know may be anxiety provoking.
Please contact me via e-mail or text if easier for you, or telephone to arrange an informal chat and if you have any questions about how I work or availability.
When you leave a message via email/text/ voice message with contact details and I will reply within 24 hours.