Lesley Brentley DPS Counselling Registered MBACP. Couples and individuals.
Sometimes life can seem overwhelming or difficult to cope with. It may be a specific event which has triggered something or it may be an ongoing sense of unease, anxiety, difficulty with relationships, sadness, depression, anger or a whole host of other things. You may want to change unhelpful patterns which interfere with your happiness.
In my work with adults, children, young people and couples I integrate a variety of approaches, so that I can meet your particular needs.
I offer a safe, accepting, confidential space, where we can explore your issues at a pace and in a way which suits you best and with which you feel comfortable. I believe that the quality of the relationship between me as counsellor and you as the client is crucial for meaningful healing and progress to take place. I know that it may be very difficult to talk about painful or embarrassing situations and feelings, and so I will encourage you in a respectful and gentle way. You will find that talking to an independent, professional and empathic person can really help you to change and improve the things you want to be different in your life.
I understand that you may feel confused or anxious before embarking on counselling, so I offer the first meeting at a reduced rate, to give you the opportunity to ask questions, clarify what you hope to get out of the process and get a feeling for whether I am the person you would like to work with.
You may want to sort out a specific problem, improve your relationships or one particular relationship, or maybe to find ways of changing unhelpful, repeating patterns, which are making it difficult for you to feel a sense of well-being and happiness. I am always open to whatever you may wish to bring to counselling and this is something we will look at during the initial meeting.
The number of sessions I offer is open-ended, so you are in control of when you start and when you wish to end counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a University trained and qualified counsellor (DPS Counselling) and a member of the professional body BACP.
I have significant experience of working with adults of all ages, including couples, who bring a whole range of issues to counselling.
I have worked a great deal in schools, in particular with young people and their families in a variety of contexts. I have worked as a volunteer counsellor for the charity 'Help! Counselling for Young People' and I also have experience of working with young children, both as a volunteer and in private practice.
I have trained in a variety of approaches, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Transactional Analysis.
In addition to my core training I have received further training in Couples Counselling, Art Therapy, Therapeutic Play with children, Transactional Analysis 101, Pesso Boyden therapy and Mindfulness, among others.
I have experience in delivering training in Counselling Skills to adults working with families.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £45.00 per 50 minutes for individuals, £58.00 per 60 minutes for couples counselling and I can offer a limited number of concessions particularly, though not exclusively, for counselling and therapy students in training.
The first session for all clients is at a reduced rate of £30.00, during which we will discuss what you hope to gain from counselling and it will give you the opportunity to come to a clearer understanding of the process.
I have both daytime and evening sessions available, from Monday to Thursday.
I work in St Andrews, in a street close to the Gloucester Road, where there is usually ample parking space.
Please note that there is no reception or waiting area, so it is advisable to arrive for your appointment at the specified time.