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.
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
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.
Appointments available Monday to Sunday on request, also early and late appointments.