Natasha Leslie - PGDip, MBACP. Person-Centred Counsellor

Natasha Leslie - PGDip, MBACP. Person-Centred Counsellor

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East Road
Orkney Islands
KW15 1LX

01856 711203 / 07513 068807

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About me

I am a fully qualified Person-Centred Counsellor providing Face-to-Face and Online Counselling for Adults and Young People aged 18 and over.

With a gentle approach, I aim to offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to explore and work through any issues you are going through at a pace suited to you and your needs.

How can counselling help?

It can be a really big step to reach out for help but a very worthwhile one. Whatever difficulties and struggles you are facing, it can really help to talk to a trained and caring professional in complete confidence.

Feeling someone has really heard you and understood how things are for you is a hugely validating experience. Your counsellor will help you to explore and unpick any issues you choose to bring to counselling with care and insight. They may help you to look a little deeper at what’s going on for you and perhaps offer another perspective which you had not thought about.

Really exploring your issues in this way within a safe and trusting relationship can bring about a greater understanding of your situation and help you to see a way forward. It can increase your self-awareness whereby you get to know yourself better. It can help you to feel more in control of your life, increase your inner strength and ability to cope.

What is my way of working?

I decided to train in Person Centred Counselling as I believe it suits my personality well and feels like a good fit for me. This means that counselling sessions are generally client led so I work at your pace with what you want to bring to sessions. I do not come up with answers for you but I will gently guide you towards a better understanding and acceptance of yourself, and where you are at in your life right now. I fully believe you have the answers within you for what’s right for you, and that being able to explore your issues in a safe and trusting environment can bring about new insights, change and growth.

Although my core way of working is Person-Centred I can be flexible within that approach and do welcome other ways of working to suit your personality or personal preferences. Other methods which I sometimes bring into my work are Solution Focused Therapy, aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness. I may also be gently challenging at times if I get a sense this is something you may gain from.

I am dedicated to offering warmth, acceptance, openness and empathic understanding to all who work with me.

Why choose Online Counselling?

Online Counselling is becoming an increasingly popular form of therapy. It can be as effective as face-to-face therapy with huge therapeutic benefits gained.

There are many reasons why you might choose Online Counselling:

You may live in a remote area and find it hard to access face-to-face counselling. You may have a physical disability which makes travelling difficult. You may feel especially nervous about meeting someone face-to-face and would prefer the sense of anonymity Online Counselling can provide. Or you may be struggling to leave your house and find attending appointments difficult. Online Counselling may additionally cut out the long waiting times often associated with face-to-face counselling.

I offer Online Counselling via Email, Instant Messaging or Webcam. You may feel more naturally drawn to one of these methods or you may like to try each of them to discover which is the best fit for you.

To find out more about how we can work together and about Online Counselling please visit my website or contact me directly. I'd be happy to hear from you to discuss what you'd like from counselling and to answer any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked in various settings providing long and short-term support for adults, young people and children. I have gained experience over a number of years working with a range of issues including but not limited to:
depression, stress, general anxiety, social anxiety, self-harm, abuse, bullying, trauma, low confidence, low self-esteem, relationships, disordered eating, exam stress, suicidal ideation, paranoia, family break-up, sexuality, gender, low mood, loneliness, isolation, bereavement, loss and anger.

My professional qualifications are:

BSc Psychology (honours) 2:1 – The Open University – 2003-2010
COSCA Counselling Certificate – The Orkney College – 2009
COSCA Further Steps Counselling Certificate – The Orkney College – 2009
Alcohol Counsellor - Accreditation - Alcohol Focus Scotland – 2010-2012
Potentiality: A Person-Centred Approach to Counselling Young People – University of Strathclyde – Feb 2011
Family Mediator – Accreditation – Relationships Scotland – 2011-2013
General Certificate in Online Counselling – Online Training for Counsellors – May-July 2013
PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling – University of Aberdeen – 2013-2015
Diploma in Online Counselling – Online Training for Counsellors – May 2015 - January 2016
Foundation Course in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice – The Family Therapy Training Network – 2015-2016

Level 4 Certificate in Anger Management (BPS111) Distinction - Academy for Distance Learning - May 2018

Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - Level 7 - I'm ok, You're ok (ABC Awards) - May 2018-June 2019

I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and also a member of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online). I am additionally registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a controller of sensitive data and work to their standards for storing any information about you -

I partake in regular CPD where possible to enhance and develop my practice.
I also participate in regular clinical supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor to assist with my professional development and to ensure I am working in line with BACP’s ethical guidelines.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Social Anxiety

Any issues relating to Loss


Therapies offered


Face-to-Face session (60 mins): £40

Block of 4 face-to-face sessions: £140
Block of 6 face-to-face sessions: £205

Email session (where I will spend at least 1 hour working on my therapeutic response): £35

Instant Messaging session (60 mins): £35

Webcam (60 mins): £35

Block of 4 online sessions: £125
Block of 6 online sessions: £175

I am happy to offer a 35 minute trial session free of charge.

I am able to offer a reduced rate for students, trainee counsellors and those on low income – please contact me for more information.

Maps & Directions

Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Please contact for availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme