Lizandra Leigertwood MA, MBACP
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, I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and my private practice is New Frame Counselling and Psychotherapy. I help individuals and couples to find healthier ways to cope with everyday life stressors.
Many people 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.
Whatever the reason for seeking some additional support at this time, the process is very individual to you, your past relationships and experiences.
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:
Trauma (including Childhood & PTSD)
Confidence and Self Esteem
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.
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.
My training and experience includes 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.
If you are ready to understand more about yourself, explore what makes you happy, find effective way to communicate and have more loving relationships, get in touch today to see how counselling and psychotherapy can help you.
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.
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. Plenty of free parking is available.
Watford - My quiet and modern therapy room in Watford is a short walk away from the Intu Shopping Centre and its many parking facilities. It is walking distance from Watford Junction Station and other good transportation links.
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.
If you would like to find out more about me and how I work, please visit my website. I often write blogs based on mental health and the counselling experience that you are most welcome to read.
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.
Full Enhanced DBS check
Anxiety in children
Safeguarding young people
Working with goals in therapy
Couples - Meeting their partner's needs
Couples - Communication and difference
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 disorder
- 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
Dealing with change
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
I charge £55 for individual sessions and £65-£80 for couples therapy. If attending sessions is difficult due to family commitments or mobility issues I am able to offer counselling sessions online.
I believe counselling and psychotherapy should be accessible to all, therefore I am able to offer limited daytime concessions to counselling trainees and for those able to provide proof of low income. If this is something you might be interested in, please ask.
I am a recognised registered clinician with AXA PPP 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.
Watford - My counselling room is easily accessible in the centre of town a short walk away from the Intu shopping centre, good transportation links and parking nearby. This room is best suited for individual counselling and psychotherapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday daytime Monday-Wednesday evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|