Lesley Bennett, UKCP and BPC registered
Please note that during the Covid crisis I will be offering sessions online via Zoom or Skype.
I have worked as an adult psychotherapist in private practice and in the NHS (primary care, now retired) since 1993 and have experience of short term counselling as well as time limited psychodynamic therapy. My second training as a Jungian analyst means that I am also experienced in open ended analytic work at a frequency of up to three sessions per week. My broad experience means that I can discuss various approaches with you and offer therapeutic work at a depth most suited to your needs. I am also a trained supervisor and can offer consultation to working therapists and counsellors.
In short term counselling we would probably be looking at one important issue in your life with the focus very much on what is happening right now for you. In longer term work I would expect to explore with you how the past is impacting on your present life, what patterns you may be repeating and how unconscious processes may be holding you back. As a Jungian analyst I am interested in what meaning may lie in your symptoms, your conflicts and your dreams. Sometimes it can be hard to make sense of what is happening to us, or a major loss causes us to re-evaluate our lives and we feel we want to talk confidentially to an independent person. Analytic work offers the possibility of gaining insight into thoughts, feelings and emotions. Through that process we can develop options about how we feel about ourselves and our relationships.
However, embarking on analysis does not have to be prompted by a crisis. Sometimes people choose analysis as a form of self development; to enhance personal creativity or to find meaning in their life, which may also include spiritual questions.
Whether you are looking for counselling, psychotherapy, analysis or supervision I am happy to meet with you, discuss what you are looking for and explore whether I can help you and whether you feel you want to work with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IPSS, 1993)
- Diploma in Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision (WPF, 1997)
- Membership of Association of Jungian Analysts (2010)
In addition I am a member of the following organisations:
UK Council for Psychotherapy - Registered Jungian analyst and psychotherapist (UKCP)
British Psychoanalytic Council - Registered Jungian analyst (BPC)
International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP)
British Association for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Supervision (BAPPS)
I am a former Trustee and Chair person of the Guild of Pastoral Psychology - an organisation offering lectures, workshops and conferences on the connections between depth psychology and spirituality.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Loss, including death of a pet
Lack of motivation and meaning
My fees vary according to your circumstances, the nature of the work and the frequency of sessions.
A guide range is £60 - £80, for a fifty minute session.
I allow one hour for the first consultation, for which I charge £70.
Supervision is £70 per fifty minute session.
I have appointments available across the week. I do not work at weekends.
I work within the ethical frameworks of the UKCP, the BPC and my professional organisation AJA.
My comfortable, purpose built consulting room is private, with ample on road parking, and less than ten minutes walk from Chingford station.
Public Transport links
The direct rail link Liverpool Street to Chingford is a convenient line with a journey time of 26 minutes. This line means I am easily accessible for Hackney and Clapton.
The nearest tube is the Victoria line (access to Central and South London) with a change to the rail at Walthamstow. Journey time from Islington to Chingford, for example, is approximately 35 minutes.
My consulting room is a few minutes off the A104, with the M25 ten minutes north, and the South Circular 10 minutes due south.
Easy access from Enfield, Epping, Chigwell, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Woodford, Walthamstow, Muswell Hill and Southgate.