Lesley Freeman

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MBACP (Accred)
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Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7
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About me

Whether or not you are new to counselling, or CBT therapy, or have had treatment in the past, searching for and finding the best Counsellor/CBT Therapist can be daunting.  Having accessed counselling myself in the past, I understand how difficult it can be, not only to make that first call, but to meeting your Therapist for the first time, to be able to trust them, that they will do their best for you.

Having been a Person Centred Counsellor and CBT Therapist for many years and having worked with varied problems and issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship and work issues, I am here to offer you a professional, friendly and caring service.  From time to time, we all need to talk about how we are feeling, and talking to a Therapist provides an alternative outlook from say your friends and family.  Talking to a Professional who is not emotionally involved with you, offers you the safe space to feel free to express yourself and your feelings.

I qualified at the Central School of Counselling and Therapy in 2000 and am an Accredited member of the BACP, following their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I offer short or long term counselling for a variety of issues and concerns, including:-

Stress & depression
Low self-esteem & self-worth

Anger Management
Eating disorders
Rape or childhood sexual abuse

I also offer telephone and online counselling and CBT

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied at the Central School of Counselling & Therapy in London, where I achieved a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  I completed CBT qualification in 2014.  I have also completed the following training/qualifications:-

Practical Mediation Skills (TCM) February 2017

Level 2 Safeguarding Children
Dissociative Disorder (First Person Plural)
Working with Trauma (Solace Women's Aid)
Sex after Sexual Abuse (Solace Women's Aid)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Domestic Violence Training (Havering Women's Aid)
FGM Awareness training (Home Office)
Mental Health training (Victim Support)
Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults (Victim Support)
Supporting victims (Victim Support)
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Eating Disorders in Children & Young People- Norfolk County Council
Self-harm in Children & Young People - Norfolk County Council
Anxiety in Children & Young People - Norfolk County Council
Level 3 in IAG (Information, Advice & Guidance - City & Islington College
Understanding Dissociation & Complex Dissociative Disorders (First Person Plural)
Counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse (The Sue Lambert Trust)
Domestic Violence & its impact on children (NSPCC)
Children abused through sexual exploitation (NSPCC)
Working in a diverse child & adolescent workforce (Tavistock & Portman Trust)
Emotional Eating & Eating Disorders (NHS)

I have been a counsellor since 2000, and currently work in private practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

£60 per session 

My website is www.welwyncounselling.co.uk

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime from 9.00 am last appointment 6pm

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Lesley Freeman
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