About me

Life is a journey with ups, downs and unexpected events; at times it may be helpful to navigate these with support. I am an experienced Existential/ Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist with consulting rooms in Central and North London.

My Approach
My approach is founded on existential thinking. I also incorporate some psychodynamic and integrative ideas as each clients needs are different and I work with them in a way that will best suit their needs. I work with people facing a wide variety of challenges and feelings that are difficult to manage. Whether you are seeking a counsellor for anxiety, depression, you are contemplating divorce or it's difficult to name what you feel and want to address, I will listen to your unique experience and work with you on finding a way forward.

About Me

I grew up in Canada but have lived in London for over 20 years. I have also lived and travelled in many other parts of the world.

The Therapy
My relationship with a client centres around a unique dialogue that evolves over time. Putting feelings and experiences into words together with a client can create new perspectives and new understanding. Clients often find this helpful - hence Psychotherapy has often been called the ‘talking cure’.

Over to You
If you are considering therapy, feel free to contact me so that we can explore the potential fit. It is important to find the right person for you to work with - though my training and qualifications are important, it comes down to whether you feel you can build on our initial connection.

Training, qualifications & experience

Over the past 14 years, I have worked in the NHS, the charitable sector and privately. My clients are grappling with a wide variety of issues and life events. Much of my practice has been working with addiction & compulsive behaviours and with people making sense of where they are in life, in their relationships and their world.

Adv Dip,Existential Psychotherapy Regent’s College, London.  
MA/ PG Dip Psychotherapy and Counselling Regent’s College, London.
OCR Certificate in Counselling, Spectrum, London.
Foundation Course in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent’s College, London.

Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists registered member (UKCP)
I am guided by and adhere to both BACP and UKCP codes of ethics.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I frequently work with addiction and compulsive behaviours - both with clients managing these behaviours and with their family members.   I work with with a variety of identity and relationship issues. Along with the areas listed on this website, I work with Cross Cultural Issues, Meaninglessness and feelings of Isolation.


From £120.00 to £150.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

An initial consultation is £50 and lasts for approximately one hour.
Thereafter my fees start at £120 per 50 minute session depending on location and means. I do hold some concession places in my practice.  We would agree a suitable fee before committing to work together.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I work weekdays and two evenings per week.

Further information

I work with clients for 12 weeks (short term) or on a longer term open ended basis. I believe it is important to review the therapy regularly and to keep my clients needs and goals in the foreground.


Great Portland Street Psychotherapy
106 Great Portland Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Lesley Hinder

Lesley Hinder