Dr Lucy Leonard
I am a chartered clinical psychologist with a warm, flexible and open approach. I have 20 years experience working with people in varying degrees of psychological distress and I continue to work in the NHS as a consultant clinical psychologist, responsible for supervising the work of senior clinical psychologists and leading new mental health improvement initiatives. Using a range of psychological skills, I work with problems such as stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, family and relationship difficulties, bereavement, OCD and phobias. I offer a safe, confidential space to talk through your feelings and experiences without the risk of judgement. Depending on what you're looking for, I can offer short-term focussed treatment to get you back on track or longer-term therapy to help you change long-standing problems and bring you closer to the way you want to be living your life.
I have bases in the city, by Bank station and in Central London by the British Museum and I also offer sessions in Wanstead, East London, just around the corner from Wanstead tube station and with free on-street parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc, MSc, DClinPsy
As a chartered clinical psychologist, I am trained to use cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic (couple and family) therapies. I tend to integrate these to suit client need, working at your pace.
I have additional training in acceptance and commitment therapy, EMDR and family interventions. I recently completed a diploma in open dialogue; which is a person-centred, relational approach to treating people experiencing psychosis. Additionally, I have completed training in working with people with trauma, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I currently have availability on a Friday.
I can offer sessions in your own home, depending on your circumstances.
Whilst I am registered with all the major insurers, I am currently not accepting referrals of BUPA or vitality policy holders.