Lesley Patchick at Affinity Counselling
Hello, I’m Lesley and my aim is to offer you a counselling service that empowers you to make the changes that can help you lead a happier, more contented life.
As an experienced BACP registered counsellor, I can offer you a professional, safe, cared-for and confidential environment which will support you in exploring the aspects of your life that are troubling you.
I am committed to ensuring you receive the therapy that suits your individual needs and therefore offer a free half hour introductory session.
People enter therapy for many reasons. Whatever your circumstances or the obstacles you face, having a confidential space where you are not judged, where it is safe for you to be totally ‘you’, will be key to assisting you in your journey to a life that feels happier and more content. Counselling, in a supportive and collaborative way should empower you and help you grow in self- awareness and resilience.
The foundation of my work is in Person Centred Counselling, which means you talk about whatever you feel comfortable with. You are the expert on you and we work together with what you feel is important. However, because no two people are the same, we are all unique, I may blend other therapies to help you find your way and move forward. These include creative therapies; Inner Child work; Transactional Analysis; Gestalt; Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Techniques.
Training, qualifications & experience
My diverse and varied counselling experience has equipped me to meet the differing needs of my clients, who include young children; adolescents; adults and the elderly.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What this means for my clients is that I regularly review my practice and undertake training so I can be a competent and skilled therapist to accompany them on their journey.
I have undergone intensive, specialist training in working with men, woman and children who have suffered sexual abuse and the resulting traumas which they are left with. These can include P.T.S.D., self-harm, anxiety, depression, problems within relationships, self-harm and suicide.
I am also a qualified teacher with a specialism in Early Years and a registered counsellor with the Infant Loss Foundation.
I have an enhanced D.B.S.; Liability Insurance and am a member of the I.C.O (Information Commissioner's Office), which ensures all data is processed and kept correctly.
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
Free half hour introductory session.
£40 per 50-minute session.
Discounted rates for students or under 18's.
Selected appointments for low income or clients receiving benefits on discretionary basis.