Martin Leach - Trauma & EMDR Therapist
I adapt my trauma therapy approach to each individual and it is always underpinned by an understanding of the importance of increasing safety, connection and awareness of present reality. For some people it's important to take things really slowly and gently, whereas others might feel more inclined to approach processing specific traumatic events. Many people are surprised (and relieved) to discover that trauma counselling doesn't necessarily depend on them retelling their story in any detail. There are other ways that we can work, the priority being to help people (and their nervous systems) adapt to the reality that the trauma is over and in the past, make sense of their experience, and discover how life can get easier (or even have the potential to be enjoyable!). If people do choose to work through individual events, then this is approached in a safe way designed to make it manageable and potentially empowering, rather than overwhelming.
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, 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 am happy to work with any issue you may want to bring to therapy. I have a particular interest and specialist training in:
- survivors of physical and/or sexual and/or emotional abuse
- self-harm, suicidal thoughts
- PTSD and Complex-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.