Lizandra Leigertwood MA MBACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Are you going through a difficult time?
Is your wellbeing beginning to suffer?
Is it impacting your relationships?
Hello and welcome to my page. My name is Lizandra Leigertwood, and my private practice is New Frame Counselling and Psychotherapy. I help individuals and couples to find better ways to cope with everyday life stressors.
Why choose to have counselling?
Many of my clients come to therapy because they have reached a crossroad in their life. Maybe you have the life you have always dreamed of but things still don't feel right.
Perhaps relationships have always been a struggle, perhaps you feel too needy in your relationships, or relationships overwhelm you. This can often relate to your past relationship experiences from as early as childhood.
Therapy allows you the time to reflect more deeply on this, to understand where some of your challenges may be coming from, learn how to change and seek the kind of relationships you want.
When you are not quite feeling like yourself and you feel like you would like to talk to somebody who is impartial, then counselling can be the right step for you.
You don't need a mental health diagnosis to seek therapy so that you can start to feel better, you can use the time to find out more about yourself and live the life you truly want to lead.
The majority of my work involves helping in the following areas:
- Relationship Issues
- Trauma (including Childhood & PTSD)
- Couples Counselling
- Confidence and Self Esteem
What is an integrative relational therapist?
An integrative approach to therapy means exploring your difficulties in the here and now, reflecting on past meaningful relationships and becoming aware and self-reflective. Research shows this is a very effective way to see real measurable change.
How do I work?
As an integrative relational therapist, I am trained to use a number of approaches to find what works best for you. First and foremost I appreciate the individuality of each of my clients, I appreciate unique life experiences, cultural differences and belief systems.
My training and experience include working short term with a solution-focused approach, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or longer-term exploratory psychotherapy.
It can be difficult taking the first step toward change, the counselling process can be challenging, but ultimately it is a rewarding and life-changing experience. My role as a counsellor is to offer a safe non-judgemental environment to give you time and space to reflect on past and present experiences. The therapeutic relationship offers a unique experience, where with the help and support of a therapist you are able to work through any difficulties and get a closer sense of what it is you want. There are numerous benefits to counselling and psychotherapy, such as developing confidence and self-esteem, forming or maintaining better relationships, relieving stress and anxiety and finding better, healthier ways of coping with difficulties.
What happens next?
If you are ready to understand more about yourself, explore what makes you happy, find an effective way to communicate and have more loving relationships, get in touch today to see how counselling and psychotherapy can help you.
You can call or text me on 07934 764469 or click here to send me an email.
Sessions usually take place every week, however, I try to be flexible and offer sessions based on individual requirements. This can be discussed in our first session together.
If face to face sessions are difficult due to work or family commitments, I am also available to work online. I use fully encrypted video conferencing to ensure ethical practice and to uphold your confidentiality.
St Albans - My ground floor counselling room in St Albans is located in London Colney with good transportation links of the M1, M25 and A1. It offers a quiet, relaxed and confidential space. Plenty of free parking is available.
If you are experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety, difficulties in your relationships or just feel that you are currently lacking direction or motivation, please get in touch to arrange a free initial consultation over the telephone. I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained to Masters' Level in integrative counselling and psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton. I began my training in 2008 with an advanced diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. I have worked with young people and adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds in several organisations within the mental health sector, charitable organisations and educational settings. I currently choose to work with adults and couples.
In addition to my private practice, I am a freelance counsellor and psychotherapist at a Hertfordshire based counselling centre, where I continue my counselling work with individuals and couples.
I am a fully registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am also an accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Society (NCS), which means I abide by a strict code of ethics and conduct. I regularly attend continual professional development workshops to consolidate my practice.
- Advanced Couples Training
- Full Enhanced DBS check
- Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorder
- Anxiety in children
- Safeguarding young people
- Working with goals in therapy
- Mindfulness for anxiety and depression
- Imposter Syndrome and self-esteem
- Qualified Practitioner Rewind Technique for Trauma (PTSD)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relationship Anxiety
- Life Stages
- Health Anxiety
- Dealing with change
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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£60 for individual sessions.
£70-£85 for couples therapy.
If attending sessions is difficult due to family commitments or mobility issues I am able to offer counselling sessions online.
I am a recognised registered clinician with AXA PPP and Vitality healthcare insurance. Please confirm with your provider that you are eligible for cover before arranging your appointment.
St Albans - My private counselling room is within good transportation links of the M25, M1 and A1. It is suitable for one to one and couples counselling. There is free parking available on site.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday daytime Monday-Wednesday evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|