Hello, my name is Leonora, and I appreciate you taking the time to read my profile. I will try to keep it brief! Just a bit about my history; most of my career has been in the NHS as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and health visitor, and I have also trained as a midwife. As a nurse and a counsellor, I have worked with people from different backgrounds, cultures, faiths and ethnicities, and my approach is always non-judgemental and respectful.
My professional and personal experience has shown me the real impact of mental health on our daily lives, whether struggling with daily activities and relationships, feeling lonely and isolated, to feeling that the future is totally bleak, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
The counselling relationship can really help, and sometimes just being able to confide unbearable thoughts and anxieties in a trusting and confidential environment can be a huge relief.
I work in a lovely purpose built wooden cabin adjacent to my home that provides a comfortable, private and tranquil environment for your counselling. There is parking nearby.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed accredited psychodynamic training to Advanced Diploma level, having initially trained several years ago as a Person Centred counsellor whilst working for the NHS as a sexual health advisor.
More recently, I have worked as an IAPT counsellor, alongside my work with long term clients and carrying out assessments for the Counselling Foundation.
I have experience of working with people who have problems related to misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and understand the impact of this on the mental health of not only the individual involved, but also those close to them.
I currently volunteer for MIND on a weekly basis, helping to run a support group.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Regarding bereavement, I fully understand and empathise with people who have lost a much-loved pet, and realise that this is a traumatic and painful experience which can benefit from counselling support.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available Monday to Sunday on request, also early and late appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|