Lesley Brackenridge, (Threads Counselling, Paisley)
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming, particularly when you may be facing more than one thing to deal with and manage. It can often be the cumulative effect of this that can challenge your usual ways of coping. I hope that my genuine enthusiasm and interest in people and curiosity of what makes everyone unique will help you find the best way forward for you through our counselling work. I aim to offer you this support for however short or long you find this helpful but always have what is ethically and clinically most suitable for you at the forefront of our work.
I hope by offering a safe, supportive space to allow you to feel heard, accepted and understood, will allow you to explore your current struggles to find your own unique way forward to live a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced Person-Centred counsellor, qualifying 2003 and work in private practice in Paisley, as a Counsellor and Supervisor (for other counsellors). I have been Accredited and Registered with the BACP (Reg no 017996) for over 8 years.
I have experience in both short and longer-term counselling over the past 16 years supporting people with a wide range of issues. From my previous 11 years work with an Employee Assistance Provider, as a counsellor and manager to the many years working for voluntary agencies, it has equipped me to work safely and ethically with clients and adapt to each person’s unique needs. I also have a back ground in general and psychiatric nursing which gives an additional insight that can be very helpful in my work with clients, whatever they bring to counselling.
I have many years’ experience working with:
- mental health issues
- work related issues
- relationship issues
- childhood issues
- supporting people affected by trauma
I have a keen interest and understanding of carer issues; long term illness; the impact of a cancer diagnosis on individuals, family & friends; terminal illness; disability and bereavement.
I am registered with Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) and registered for Data Protection purposes with the Information Commissioners Office.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- End of life/ terminal illness.
- Onsite Critical Incident support for organisations and EAP's
- Supervision for counsellors
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£40 per hour
I understand it can feel like a big step to reach out for help to someone you don’t know, particularly if you are feeling vulnerable and unsure but I hope my warm and friendly way of working will allow us to help you find your way forward. I can be contacted by phone for an initial chat or by email to see if what I offer is what you are looking for.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have some limited slots available for a wheelchair accessible room but this can be accommodated. Please mentions this or discuss at initial enquiry to confirm availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Person Centred Supervision in Paisley and particularly enjoy the relational aspects of this work: supporting; developing and growing counsellor’s self-awareness and clinical competence in their practice and clinical work with clients.