Lesley Goad MBCAP - Online and In Person Counsellor
Making the decision to look for a counsellor is a huge step and getting the counsellor who is right for you is so important. I believe that the relationship between client and counsellor is paramount when starting your healing journey.
Each person's story is different and clients come to counselling for many reasons. For some it can be to work through a difficult life event such as bereavement, divorce or children leaving home or it may be to may be to reslove difficulties from your past. Whatever your reason for coming to counselling, I can help you to explore what is going on for you; help you understand the things that make you 'tick' and how to manage difficult emotions, such as anxiety, low mood, anger etc, when they come up for you. Whatever you are looking to explore I would be happy to walk with you on this part of your life's journey. I do not offer advice but I will help you to work through what you need to find what is right you.
Sometimes this can take just a few sessions and sometimes counselling can be a longer process. The length of time you spend in counselling is up to you and we can talk about what is right for you.
Please make contact with me via email or telephone to talk through what you need from counselling. If I am unable to answer your call, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able. We can then arrange a suitable time for a 10 minute telephone call and, should you wish, we can arrange an initial appointment on the telephone, online or (when we are able) in person.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within their Ethical Framework.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling L4
- Certificate in Counselling Young People L5
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding
As well as working with adults, I have been working extensively with Young People for many years and as a counsellor for the last four, including in an ASD Specialist School.
I regularly undertake CPD to enhance my counselling skills and practise. Some of which includes:
- Self-harm and Disordered Eating
- Sex and the Underage Teen
- Anxiety Disorders
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- Working with Dissociative Disorder
- Gender and Sexuality
- Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse
- ASD Awareness and Counselling Skills
- Regular Child Protection and Safeguarding
I hold an Enhanced DBS
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:
£40 for adults - 50 minute session
£35 for YP (age 11-18) - 50 minute session
Free initial 10 minute telephone consultation
Payment by bank transfer prior to the start of session or cash in person
I have session availability through the week during the day and some evenings.
I work from a room in my home close to Wokingham town centre where there is ample free parking.
Please email me, text or telephone me with a time that is convenient for me to call you back so that we can arrange an initial meeting.