Martin Leach - Trauma Therapist
I offer trauma-focused therapy, which is an overall approach rather than one specific type of treatment, and integrates a variety of approaches that can be used alone or in conjunction with one another to help you deal with the trauma and move on with your life.
I take the view that there are many ways in which human psychology and the human condition can be explored and understood - no single theory or approach holds the answer - hence the need to integrate them. I have experience in various modalities and will use the way of working that is right for you at any specific time (see types of therapy I offer). At times, you might need someone to listen and just let you tell your story. At other times, you might need someone to be more directive and give you practical skills to help you navigate life and work with your emotions and thoughts. At another point, you might need someone to challenge your own view of life and help you find a better way of being and existing in the world.
Each client is unique and integration enable me to address each client’s personality and needs. I adapt therapy to the clients and not the client to the therapy.
Please see my website for more information.
I am based in North Oxfordshire, near Banbury Town Centre.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their code of professional ethics. I have regular supervision as do all professional counsellors and this helps to ensure I am working in a safe and ethical manner.
I initially trained a a humanistic-integrative counsellor and have since undertaken further training in existential therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-focused counselling, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
My background is in healthcare, initially as a residential social worker and then as a nurse. In addition to being a qualified counsellor, I am a registered mental health nurse and I have over 30 years experience in mental health work in various settings including the NHS, private healthcare providers and prisons covering a wide range of issues. I offer individual, face-to-face sessions in the Oxfordshire area. I have experience with a broad range of clients and I have a particular interest and specialist training in:
- self-harm, suicidal thoughts
- anxiety and PTSD
- shame and self-criticism
- lack of confidence and self-esteem
- personality disorder
- clients with complex needs
In my experience many people who have been told that they have a personality disorder or complex needs had traumatic experiences in early life.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mental health issues
My fee is £50 for a 50 minute session. I can offer concessionary rates for those on a low income, please contact me to discuss this.