Lesley Ann Kalish
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I am a Psychotherapist, Couple Counsellor and Mediator working with young people, adults and couples. My professional experience began over 20 years ago as a volunteer counsellor in primary schools, and working for Relate as a Couple Counsellor and trainer. My clients are provided with the space to talk freely about their concerns and make sense of their world. We will work together to understand your current situation and open up new possibilities for living a more meaningful life.
My approach incorporates psychoanalytic and integrative perspectives, which means I draw from a variety of different theoretical models, to meet your individual needs. I have worked in variety of settings, including the NHS and Relate, specializing in Couples Counselling, individual and family therapy. and relationship issues, low self-esteem, sexuality, bereavement, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorder. I work with a diverse range of ethnicities, cultures and difference in a non-judgemental way that sets the foundation for an effective therapeutic relationship. With effective therapy, you will most certainly become more resilient, content and confident, leading improved self-esteem and more meaningful and satisfactory relationships.
You will have my full commitment and whatever concerns you choose to explore, will be respected with you determining the pace and time. Although the nature of our work is professional, you will find me approachable, warm and supportive. My particular interest lies in neuroscience and the relationship between the intimate and extraordinary connection between mind and body. I am committed and dedicated to understanding the human condition and engage in regular continued professional development, to ensure I maintain a high level of clinical excellence. I also serve as a volunteer staff member for a company delivering innovative conferences and seminars for related mental health professionals.
To accommodate your personal needs, I offer face-to-face, telephone, Zoom or Skype sessions, with flexible appointment times. You can be assured of confidentiality and privacy in a setting that is comfortable and welcoming, with plenty of parking on a bus and tube route. I abide by the Code of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Code of Ethics of the Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Psychology.
I am currently undertaking PhD research with Regents University London together with the University of Northampton to better support people who suffer from Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS). For example, chronic pain, fatigue, IBS, autoimmune diseases, headaches and more complex somatic syndromes.
For more about my professional background, you will find my CV on LinkedIn and testimonials on my website. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions that you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully registered and accredited with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and a member of Relate. I consult at my private practice in Edgware, as well as Central London (Harley Street) and North West London. I hold the following qualifications:
- MA Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents University London)
- ADIP (Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents University London)
- Intensive Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents University London)
- Relate Couple Counsellor (University of East London
- Accredited Mediator (Regents University London)
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ageing, affairs, mid-life crisis, divorce, abortion, infertility, self-harm, psychiatric, out-patient, chronic pain, psychosomatic pain, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, excema, dermatitis, inflammation, skin, skin disorders, neuroscience, brain, clenching, nightmares, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, marriage, shame, guilt, mediation, conflict resolution
Fees vary depending on location and type of therapy and length of contract. Some concessions are available to those on low income or students. For an initial consultation or any questions that you may have, you are very welcome to call or email me with no obligation.
When I work
I offer flexible appointment times, accommodating before or after work hours. Some weekend sessions are available. You are welcome to call or email me to discuss suitable options.
I have worked with children, teenagers and the elderly, as well as families in a volunteer capacity for over 20 years. I have helped children manage bullying and anger in primary schools. My background is in corporate sales and life insurance (personal and business protection). With this understanding, I am well placed to offer corporate therapy sessions and coaching at your place of work, with flexible appointment times, which could be before or after work hours. For more about me, please find my full CV on LinkedIn and testimonials on my personal website.