About me

Hello, my name is Lesley and I am a counsellor working in private practice in the West End of London.  I also have a small practice in North Hampshire. 

I am a warm and accepting professional counsellor. My work has a strong relational focus and I provide a safe and non-judgemental space where healing can happen. I believe that counselling can bring a renewed sense of hope to people's lives, releasing pain and encouraging personal growth and well-being. My clients have shown me that when they feel safe enough to challenge what is difficult within themselves, they experience a sense of empowerment as they begin to make changes in their lives and gain confidence and trust in themselves. I believe we all have our own inner wisdom and I am committed to helping those I work with find theirs.

The areas I work with include stress and anxiety, relationship issues, self-worth and self-esteem, trauma, bereavement and loss, bullying, childhood issues, codependency, depression, issues with identity and belonging, body image, obsession, over-eating and other issues with food, work-related stress, alcoholism and recovery from addiction. In terms of my work with recovery from addiction I am familiar and comfortable with the 12 step approach. 

Testamonials include:

"I have begun to gain back my lost confidence and start trusting in my own abilities. The self discovery is helping me to recognize and find myself again after being through a very hard time. I was stuck within myself, now I feel a sense of relief and freedom"

".. you did not sit in judgement and, for your open demeanour, I managed to talk about what I had not been able to say to many other therapists, doctors and even psychiatrists"

"I have tremendous respect for your style in group"

So why counselling?

Sometimes blocks, such as difficult memories and feelings, and patterns of behaviour which no longer serve us, get in the way of healthy living, and can cause anxiety, stress, pain and unhappiness. This is the point at which people often seek therapy. I will work with you to raise your awareness of your own
patterns, your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, exploring whether these are serving you in your life.

My approach to therapy is underpinned by humanistic values. I integrate different theoretical schools into my work because I believe we are all unique - one size simply does not fit all. These include person-centred and humanistic counselling, cognitive approaches, mindfulness based techniques, existential therapy, motivational interviewing, sound and voice work, gestalt therapy and group therapy

Ultimately, I believe that “therapy should not be theory driven, but relationship driven” (Yalom). I will work with you to explore your experiences, to understand you more fully and find out what works best for you.

Lesley Berongoy (MSc, MBACP, MFDAP)

Training, qualifications & experience

- Certificate in Humanistic Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma (AdvDip) - Addiction Psychology and Counselling
- Master of Science (MSc) - Addiction Psychology and Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma - Gestalt Psychotherapy.

- Trauma and Re-parenting Model

My ongoing CPD includes -
- Voice Facilitation training http://thenakedvoice.com/
- Somatic Trauma Therapy

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship issues
Work related issues
Anxiety
Low Self Worth
Bereavement
Bullying
Codependency
Childhood issues
Depression
Family issues
Negative Body Image
Obsession
Over-eating
Addictions
Trauma

Fees

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP

Additional information

Sessions run for 50 minutes. Please enquire directly about fees. I am covered to work with AXA and CIGNA Health Insurance companies.

Initial enquiries are at no cost and I am happy to talk through how I work and answer any other questions so that you can decide whether I would be the right therapist for you.


Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have availability Tuesday and Thursdays in West London

I work in Hampshire on Wednesdays

Further information

I am an accredited member of the BACP and I work within its ethical framework.
http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/

I have regular supervision for my private practice

20 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 8QR

Old Timbers
Well Road
Crondall
Farnham
GU10 5PW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom