Lesley Atkinson-Baldwyn - Registered MBACP

Lesley Atkinson-Baldwyn - Registered MBACP


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About me

If you believe speaking to someone who is down to earth, in a safe, non-judgemental space would help you then please contact me.

Having reached this point finding the right counsellor can feel daunting and challenging and our first conversation (whether that be via email, phone or face to face) provides an opportunity to experience how it might be to work together. In order to help you decide, and remove some of the unknowns, I offer a free initial 15 to 20 minute meeting or phone/email chat designed to make this part as painless as possible.

If it's your first time for counselling you may not know what to expect. I am a relational integrative counsellor which means I trained in a range of approaches. These provide the tools to work with you and what you bring as a unique individual. Past ways of relating to others often have an impact on current relationships and working this way creates a space in which these patterns may be identified and worked with. It also allows you to explore your beliefs about yourself and your place in the world. If we work together there may be tears, but these may be because of joy, sadness, a sense of wonder, perhaps a feeling of relief when something becomes clear, or humour, or possibly a combination of them all!

My experience encompasses a diverse range of issues including (but not limited to) addiction (substance misuse), abuse, anxiety, being heard, bereavement, betrayal, clarity, depression (including male), gender identity, grief, identity, loss, low self-esteem, relationship/family issues, self harm, trauma, trichotillomania (hair pulling) and work related stress.

I have held voluntary counselling positions within a number of organisations and this has enhanced my depth of experience and knowledge whilst also reinforcing my belief that all people are valuable. In private practice this philosophy underpins my approach and the relationship we build recognises we are both human beings, and honours our individuality, sameness and difference - working relationally means the relationship we are able to develop is key in how the process works for you.

Prior to becoming a counsellor I was employed in other environments, so consider myself to have a range of life experience. I have also spent a number of years travelling and working in different cultures and have an awareness of difference and diversity.

Please contact me requesting more information if you have any related questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my foundation degree at The University of Suffolk, gaining a Distinction, and spent two years as the Subject Ambassador for Counselling at the University
I have completed a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), hold a Diploma in Mindfulness Based CBT (Distinction) and have a certificate in Transactional Analysis. I have completed a BACP accredited course in Couples Counselling.
I am a member of the The Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and The International Integrative Psychotherapy Association (IIPA), The Suffolk Association of Counsellors and am a registered member of the BACP. I also hold memberships for The International Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Coaching (IANLPC) and The International Alliance of Holistic Therapists (IAHT)

I have experience with a diverse range of clients including (but not limited to) those with addiction, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, family issues, work related stress, abuse, self harm, depression (including male),feeling sad, low self-esteem, betrayal and gender identity, alongside many others.

My voluntary work has allowed me to develop skills and knowledge within larger organisations and provided depth and breadth to my experience and understanding.
My latest role is as a volunteer counsellor for a large mental health charity. The service aims to provide the opportunity to talk about day to day difficulties such as relationship and family problems or personal crisis and, at the same time, help to resolve situations using the client's own insight and resources.

I worked for over three and a half years at Iceni Ipswich with substance misusers and their family members. In addition I have helped set up the LGBT counselling service in Suffolk and co-ordinated the counselling provision for over two years. I am currently training with CRUSE in bereavement, grief, complex grief and loss.
Some of the courses I have attended:

  • Introduction to Existential Therapy – Existential Academy, 2016
  • Leadership in Action – Vitae, 2014
  • Foundation Course in Substance Misuse – NHS, 2014
  • Transgender Awareness Training – Ipswich LGBT Network, 2015
  • The Place of Sexuality in the approaches of Klein and Bion – University of Essex CPS, 2015
  • Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use – NHS, 2015
  • Nature vs Nurture – NHS, 2015
  • The Healing Power of Therapeutic Repair – Dr Janina Fisher, 2016
  • Meditative Techniques – TSYP, 2016
  • Emergency First Aid at Work - Red Cross, 2016
  • Understanding Anxiety and Depression – University of Reading, 2016
  • Building Trust, Love and Loyalty in Relationships J. Gottman and J. Gottman, 2016
  • Overcoming Trauma Related Shame and Self Loathing - Dr Janina Fisher, 2016
  • Child Safeguarding - University of Suffolk, 2016
  • Safeguarding Adults at RiskSuffolk MIND, 2016
  • TA 101 - UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis), 2016
  • Drug Awareness and Reducing Harm, NHS, 2017
  • Conflict Resolution and Breakaway Training - Suffolk MIND 2017
  • Couples Counselling - BACP Accredited, 2017
  • ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training) - LivingWorks, 2017
  • Families and Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking - The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, 2018

  • CBT for Older People - University of East Anglia, 2018

I hope the information above tells you something about me regarding some of my training and experience. I am always happy to answer any questions.

I am also a qualified yoga teacher after completing my two year training in India.

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and a Level 2 certificate in mental health awareness.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Affairs
  • Betrayal
  • Communication breakdown
  • Cultural differences
  • Family issues
  • Gender fluid
  • Identity
  • Life!
  • Loss
  • Male depression
  • Personal growth
  • Relationships
  • Self awareness
  • Substance misuse
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)


Counselling sessions can be tailored to suit both long or short-term work, dependent on your needs.
Sessions last for 50 minutes

If you choose to we can chat on the phone for approximately 15 mins prior to us meeting face to face - this service is free. It provides an opportunity to speak confidentially about the process and gain an idea about whether we might be able to work together and ask any questions you may have.

My fee is £40.00 per session for individuals and £65 per session for couples

There are limited concessionary rates available in special circumstances.

Sessions are available daytime and evenings with some weekend slots.

Further information

I work from a central Ipswich location with parking available within easy walking distance. The area is also served by several bus routes.

My office hours are:

Weekdays I am available between 8 am and 9 pm (I offer telephone or Skype sessions on a Thursday)
Saturday 9am until 6pm
Sundays may be possible - please ask

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair accessible premises: Unspecified


Weekend and evening appointments are also available alongside week days.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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