Lesley Pollard BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred) Counsellor
I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist and work with individuals in a safe, empathic and comfortable environment. I work with people experiencing a range of issues including childhood difficulties, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship/marriage difficulties, identity issues, difficulties with food and body image, work related problems, bereavement and loss.
At times, reaching out can be difficult, especially if you have never experienced counselling or being in therapy before. However, making that first step can be really positive in bringing about or making changes in your life.
I always meet the person for an initial assessment session. This gives me the opportunity to see if I can support you effectively and would be of help to you. More importantly, for you, the initial session can give you the “feel” of what therapy would be like and to see if you feel comfortable working with me. From here, you may decide to go ahead and we agree to work together or you may want further time to think about it.
Individual Therapy - £45 for a 50 minute session
I work one to one over a short or long term period. It is often very difficult to predict how long therapy will last but we will agree an initial amount of sessions and then we review this on a regular basis. The relationship between the therapist and the client is very important and I would recommend that you look around to find the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP (Accred) and I have completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. I am on their register for counsellors and psychotherapists.
I have completed four years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy with The South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy.
Four year Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Transactional Analysis 101 course.
Teacher Training in Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy for Depression - The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
Mindfulness for Trauma.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
I have undertaken further training in Sex Addiction, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Eating Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Idenitity issues, eating disorders, attachment and bonding.
BA (Hons) SW.
Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Mental Health.
Health and Social Care Certificate – Open University.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £45 for individual counselling.
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client