Nicholas Leake UKCP
I am an integrative psychotherapist, which means I draw on different but complementary theories and techniques, and the latest psychotherapy research to help you experience a greater sense of wholeness, wellbeing and security in your self, tailoring the therapy I offer to your unique needs and goals.
How I can help
I understand that the prospect of coming to therapy can feel daunting and so to demystify the process a little, the support I offer can be understood as a balance of these three elements:
Thinking: This means working together to notice and name the unhelpful and often critical thoughts that turn up the volume on your unease and distress. These thought patterns often take the form of stories you tell yourself again and again that skew your view of who you are in the world and impair the decisions you make there. Together, we can experiment with different ways of thinking that both challenge old patterns and introduce more self-compassion and understanding, creating new stories to live and thrive by. Thinking about your thinking helps you find some higher ground, a quiet space above the din of your inner world where you can take a broader perspective on what is troubling you and get a clearer sense of what choices you have.
Feeling: This involves discovering safe and trustable ways of tuning in to your bodily experience to help understand and digest confusing emotions and manage pain and distress. Linking bodily sensations to your experiences and memories, finding a meaningful language and imagery for them, helps you to feel more connected, making sense of obstacles that are clouding your vision and loosening the ties that are holding you back from a fuller, richer life. Locating and channelling the body’s resources to calm and self-soothe can support you to feel more anchored in times of stress and less overwhelmed by painful thoughts, feelings and memories, building a place of safety in the present moment that you can rely on in the face of past traumas and future uncertainties.
Meaning: this sensitively intuits and identifies the deeper roots of what is troubling you. It seems like a cruel paradox but symptoms of mental illness and emotional distress often start life as coping mechanisms; adaptations that once met vital needs but which have outgrown their usefulness and turned saboteur. Exploring these mechanisms together and bringing the unconscious needs that they serve safely into awareness will help you make sense of your experiences, identify the unhelpful patterns woven into your life, and empower you to change them. Finding meaning is often a wellspring of hope; the journey between dismissing yourself as dysfunctional, helpless or broken and gaining a deeper understanding of the resilient, resourceful and remarkable human being you really are.
Where I'm based:
I’m just a 5-minute walk from Victoria Station, my consulting room is within easy reach of Chelsea, Pimlico, Belgravia and Westminster, and is convenient for the tube and mainline train services serving London and the South East. I also offer remote sessions via Zoom, FaceTime or Skype.
What happens next?
If you'd like to find out more about what therapy with me would be like, give me a call, or drop me an email or a text, and I'll contact you to arrange a call at a convenient time for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) Member
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Regents' University London)
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents' University London)
I am particularly experienced in helping people who struggle with their relationship with food and eating. For the last four years, I have been part of a multidisciplinary team offering eating disorder treatment at a central London clinic where I also receive ongoing specialised training.
In my private practice, I offer tailored therapy to support clients who are battling with bulimia, binge-eating, weight loss, emotional eating, food addiction, compulsive overeating, obsessive thoughts about food, over-exercising and the restrictive symptoms of anorexia.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Abandonment Issues
- Emotional Eating
- Food Addiction
- Weight Loss
My standard fee for a 50-minute therapy session is £75.
Concessions offered for
I offer a limited number of daytime appointments at a reduced rate to those who are studying or who face financial barriers to accessing therapy. Please ask me for more information about these appointments if they are relevant to your circumstances.