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Psychotherapist who specialises in anxiety disorders

About me

Hi,

I have been working in counselling and psychology for over 20 years. I specialise in working with teenagers and adults who suffer from panic and anxiety disorders.

“Do you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety?” “Do you find it difficult to make friends and experience loneliness regularly, as a result, come talk to me? Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties and build meaningful social connections.”

Please feel free to contact me by text, telephone, mobile, or e-mail if you are struggling and need to talk.

Lesley

Additional Information: I also offer free visual resources to assist in managing anxiety and stress available on my website.

Lesley is a Psychotherapist, (MBACP) with experience in various primary and secondary care NHS settings, private practice, employee assistance programmes, schools and charity organisations. She currently works as a counselling supervisor for the Wishaw Hospital in Lanarkshire, where she provides mental health support, psychotherapy and supervision to hospital staff. As well as running support groups, mindfulness courses, anxiety and mental health promotion initiatives.

Lesley also specialises in anxiety disorders, and her work can be in her private practice, school or at the counselling lounge,

offering interventions for adolescents, staff or adults exhibiting symptoms of anxiety and stress disorder.

The Quick Fix: Online self-help course for panic and anxiety attacks.

Making professional psychological therapy accessible, easy and affordable.

If we are to recover from anxiety fully, I do believe a knowledge and understanding of its origins and processes is necessary.

BUT what most of my young clients want more than anything is a QUICK FIX for their problems. Smart but straightforward techniques that are easy to administer to help break the nasty cycles of anxiety, panic and their close relations avoidance and safety behaviours. This IS possible, and here I show you how.

This is a fun, practical, yet professional course that will help you break these cycles. The exercises will help you build trust and confidence as we study the issues, giving you a deeper understanding of the problems you face.

Utilising techniques derived from CBT and Mindfulness, the Bored Teen introduces my three ‘Quick Fixes’ that helped him transform his life from one of avoidance and running away to embracing and flourishing in his work, studies, family life and relationships.

The course comprises animations and PDFs, both containing lots of practical exercises for you to get involved with as well as a dedicated email service to keep you on track. Please email me if you would like more information.

I believe having a good therapeutic relationship, compassion and humour, are very important in therapy. If you would like to book an appointment, I am happy to have a chat on the phone to make sure that I can help and that I am the right person for you.

Lesley ✨

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered member BACP (British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Strathclyde
  • Diploma CBT
  • Diploma in Mindfulness and Meditation,( Glasgow City College)
  • Advanced Professional Training in Person-Centred Counselling Practice/ Couple/Family Therapy, ( University of Strathclyde)
  • Diploma in Supervision,( Alcohol Focus Scotland)
  • Psychology: Development, Social and Abnormal
  • Bereavement, Grief and Loss, ( Cruse Bereavement)
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Training
  • Teacher Training - Mindfulness for teenagers and young adults.

    Experience

Over the last 20 years, I have worked in many settings and services, including specialist services for anxiety, and young adults mental health issues.

  • NHS Counselling in a medical centre, working with anxiety, stress and depression
  • Working with serious ill-health relating to Alcohol abuse
  • NHS Health Centre practice Counselling /Therapist
  • Lecturer
  • Inverclyde Counselling Services
  • James Watt College
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Therapist for six years with the Meridian & Alcohol counselling Team, which supported thousands of individuals and families across Lanarkshire affected by drug and alcohol abuse, In this setting I have years of experience working with,  anxiety, stress, low mood, addiction, abuse, relapse prevention, relationship issues, and bullying in the workplace.
  • Most recently I founded The Counselling Lounge, where I am currently based.

I have been working in psychology for 20 years.

Currently, I work in the NHS and also in private practice.

As my private practice has expanded, I have now developed online self-help courses devoted to mental health.

Over the years I have become well known for the work I do with anxiety and I think my simple language suits most.

I regularly contribute with other experts in the field to deliver information guidance and insight about mental health to magazines and newspapers.

My work with teens -

Over the years I found that a rigid set of lessons often doesn’t work well with teenagers, because they suffer from a variety of challenges and struggles: Exam anxiety; some have problems with anger or attending school; some have mental health issues, for this reason, I have created a model that is flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of all young people.

You can find out more about this cutting edge model step by step guide for anxiety on my website.

Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk Therapy starts with a one to one at the Counselling Lounge, but rather than sitting inside we head to the forest, ( which is located at the bottom of the garden). And we walk and Talk, exploring problems in a natural environment. Walking leisurely with a therapist can encourage a deeper understanding of issues through exploration and freedom. Forest bathing or walking surrounded by trees helps stress; anxiety; improves sleep and improves focus.

For more information, please feel free to give me a call.

I have helped many people over the years. I could help you too. Visit the other pages of my website to learn more about my services.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

facilitation in mindfulness for young people.

Let go of the past with the use of mindfulness.

Therapy 3 is a solution focused counselling offering,
3 sessions. ( counselling three week block )

Walk and Talk.

The Bored Teens Guide For Anxiety [ Online Platform ] with free visual resources .

Quick Fix Tips For Panic Attacks. [ Online and 1-1 with free visual resources ]

Photos & videos

When I work

Monday to Saturday

Further information

The Quick Fix Course: A series of self-help online course’s for anxiety and panic attacks.

If we are to fully recover from anxiety, I do believe knowledge and understanding of its origins and processes is necessary.

BUT what most of my young clients want more than anything is a QUICK FIX for their problems. Simple but clever techniques that are easy to administer to help break the nasty cycles of anxiety, panic and their close relations avoidance and safety behaviours. This IS possible and here I show you how.

This is a really fun, practical, yet professional course that will help you break these cycles. The exercises will help you build trust and confidence as we go on to studying the issues, giving you a deeper understanding of the issues you face.

Utilising techniques derived from CBT and Mindfulness, the Bored Teen introduces my three ‘Quick Fixes’ that helped him transform his life from one of avoidance and running away to embracing and flourishing in his work, studies, family life and relationships.

The course comprises animations and PDFs both containing lots of practical exercises for you to get involved with as well as a dedicated email service to keep you on track. Please email me if you would like more information.

I believe having a good therapeutic relationship, compassion and humour, are very important in therapy. If you would like to book an appointment, I am happy to have a chat on the phone to make sure that I can help and that I am the right person for you.

13 Lady Jane Gate Bothwell, Bothwell, Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, G71 8BW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person

I am currently a supervisor for the NHS and Private Practice.

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