Lesley Duce FdA, DipHE, Reg MBACP
I offer a calm, confidential space and a broad range of experience to support you with whatever difficulties you bring in both short and long-term work.
I work with a number of humanistic models of counselling including 'person-centred', which means our sessions are led by you and not directed by me, however, I may incorporate different approaches such as cognitive behavioural work - looking at how your thoughts may affect your feelings and behaviour, or psychodynamic theory where we examine how past experiences may be influencing you in the present. It will all depend on what you need and want at the time.
I have worked with a wide range of issues in the voluntary, charitable and private sectors and am also a former Royal London Hospital trained nurse with a background in complementary therapy, advice and advocacy work. My job is to give you the time and objectivity that friends and family often can’t give, especially if these relationships are problematic. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or to arrange an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
What is counselling?
Counselling is a confidential and supportive service that gives you an opportunity to talk through your concerns with an objective listener who is able to put themselves ‘in your shoes’ whilst also looking at the bigger picture in your life. A counsellor will listen attentively, will not judge and will respond in a way that facilitates your own ability to cope with life’s challenges, whether they are problems with work, relationships, mental health or deep-seated problems arising from traumatic experiences. It looks at how we communicate with each other, perhaps enabling us to be assertive without being aggressive for example, or helping us to feel less a victim of circumstance and more in control of our lives. By getting to know ourselves we can understand our feelings and motives better, be more accepting of ourselves and this in turn can help reduce anxiety and ease depression. A counsellor will rarely give advice, since our aim is to help you develop your own resources (resources you often don’t realise you have) to enable you to approach your life and problems from a new perspective.
What to expect and is it right for me?
After making contact we will get an idea of what has brought you to counselling and whether it is the best option for you. If you wish to continue, then I will take some details and do a brief assessment before we make an agreement around things like confidentiality and cancellations. You might wish to set some goals or just see what emerges as we work together but it can help to have some idea of what you want from it. Sessions are for 50 minutes and are usually at the same time each week for however many you may need, this could be anything from 1 or 2 sessions to several months, sometimes longer, depending on the complexity of your needs. Or we can contract for a specific number, I would suggest 6 if you’re unsure, then evaluate your progress as we go along.
Worth considering is that the single greatest predictor of positive outcomes is the quality of the relationship and rapport you develop with your therapist. Building trust and developing that relationship can take time, especially if you have experienced difficulties early in life but ultimately, you decide if it’s working and when you want to stop.
Foundation Degree in Counselling, Middlesex University
Level 5 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, College of North East London
Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, Mary Ward Centre, London
Complementary Therapist registered with Federation of Holistic Therapists
Registered Nurse Royal London Hospital
I trained at a centre accredited by the BACP of which I am also a member and I adhere to their framework for ethical practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- domestic abuse
- health problems
Individual counselling - £45 per 50 minute session.
Concessionary appointments available to counselling students.
Free, unlimited parking is available at the Harold Wood practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointment times include days, some evenings and Saturdays.
Types of client