Victoria Leeson Dip (HE) Accredited MBACP Registered/UKCP Registered
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor offering confidential and empathic counselling working with a range of issues in a safe and relaxed setting. Client appointments are based in Leeds City Centre or in Meanwood, North Leeds.
There are a number of reasons why you may be considering counselling; you may be looking for someone to listen to you in a safe and non-judgemental space, you may have a present difficulty in your life that you are looking to address or you may just wish to understand yourself better by exploring past and present experiences. I offer both short and longer term work counselling in a person centred/relational way. This means I will work with you at your own pace to explore both present and past experiences, helping you to notice and acknowledge how these may have impacted on your life. You may also find it useful to identify repeated patterns of relating to others - including yourself - which are currently influencing how you manage present relationships. Part of your counselling work may involve looking at ways of how to change these patterns and experiment with new ways of being. This can be done through exploring these issues in depth so you can gain greater insight and understanding as well as using more solution focused strategies to look at changing particular thoughts or patterns of behaviour. Everyone's needs are different so we can use your initial counselling sessions to consider what may work best for you.
I can also appreciate, and empathise with, how difficult it can be to engage in counselling for the first time or with a new counsellor. I recommend that we arrange an initial session to identify and explore the issues and concerns you may be experiencing and your hopes for how counselling may help you.
If you have any questions or concerns and would like to chat before making an initial appointment then please do feel free to contact me either by mobile or email.
"At the beginning of therapy I felt very out of control with feelings of anxiety and struggled to cope; by the end of therapy I felt able to deal with my feelings and process them in a constructive way and felt much more in control".
Female, 20's (12 sessions)
"I feel like I have found myself again and I am now able to live an extremely happy life without constant stress, fear and anxiety. this is just a few of the many great things that have improved"
Female, 20's (20 sessions)
"I feel like this has been a life changing experience for me and I now feel better able to deal with problems"
Male, 30's (25 sessions)
"I feel completely different; in a good way and have been able to understand - and then, let go - of stuff that had been burdening me"
Female, 30's, (20 sessions)
"Thanks. I was quite sceptical at the beginning of therapy that any benefit could come from it, based upon having seen so many counsellors previously (dozens) with generally less effective results. Expectations were exceeded and 'Would I recommend this service to others?' - Absolutely!"
Male, 50's (6 sessions)
"It helped me having someone to listen to me in a non-judgemental way and more importantly help me to listen to myself. By the end of therapy I felt much more self aware, calmer, stronger and able to understand what the problem was. "
Female, 40's (6 sessions)
"I now have a growing clarity, sense of who I am, am much more comfortable with myself and yes; probably even like myself!"
Male, 40's (20 sessions)
"Therapy has given me confidence to connect more with my own feelings and better understand the experiences I go through"
Male, 20's (18 sessions)
"Counselling has helped me open up to family and friends which has made me trust people more and I feel a lot happier"
Female, 14 (4 sessions)
"At the end of therapy I have a clearer sense of self, able to deal better with stresses and feel like I have a lot more options. I have moved jobs to a more satisfying role which was much easier with the support, skills and knowledge gained from counselling"
Male, 30's (40 sessions)
"Counselling has made me understand how I react and deal with things and made me more in tune with my emotions and feelings. I feel like a better person, happier and more relaxed and more able to cope better with life"
Female, 33 (12 sessions)
"I came into counselling with a narrow remit of wanting to look at one relationship in particular. I felt Victoria showed a depth of skill and sensitivity by encouraging me to open up and look at many others things that were going on for me"
Male, 28 (20 sessions)
"Counselling enabled me to see how some of my behaviour was negatively impacting on my own life and helped me let go of old emotions and ways of thinking that had become redundant. It gave me confidence and belief in my own ability to grow and live again"
Female, 40's (12 sessions)
"At the start of therapy I was at the point of crisis and I didnt believe I could live again. At the end of therapy I feel far more confident and I am actually starting to enjoy the direction I have chosen in life. I actually feel 'able' again"
Female, 41 (10 sessions)
"At the end of therapy I feel much happier with the decisions I have made in my life and I feel better able to sit with things as opposed to rushing from one thing to the next. I also found you very easy to talk to from the first session and found you very supportive of my lifestyle and personal issues"
Female, 31 (45 sessions)
"Overall therapy has taught me self acceptance. Thank you for being a brilliant therapist and helping me to have compassion for myself and others too."
Female, 20's (25 sessions)
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Qualifying Diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Therapeutic Counselling Dip (HE)
Counselling Skills Cert (HE)
Communications BA (Hons)
Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions
Animal Assisted Therapy
I attend various course and workshops on a yearly basis to ensure I am up-to-date the latest research and findings with regards to matters of mental health and wellbeing.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young People (5 - 19 year olds).
TV & Film Crew and Artists (Twelve years in the TV & Film Industry prior to retraining).
Initial Appointment - Adults £50 (60 mins)
Initial Appointment - Children & Adolescents £65 - £75 (75 - 90 mins)
Further Appointments - Adults £50 (50 mins)
Further Appointments - Adolescents £55 (50 mins)
Small number of concession/low fee appointments available for unemployed/low income. This is usually long term therapy work so if you are interested there may be a waiting list operating. Please ask for further info. Small concessions also available for students and trainee therapists.
When you first make contact with me I will respond as quickly as possible and work with you to find a suitable time to meet. I will email confirmation of the time and location of the initial counselling appointment and provide brief details on what to expect from the initial session.
I also offer Skype and Telephone counselling sessions as an alternative to face-to-face counselling sessions. Please let me know if this is something you would like.
I work from a comfortable and friendly therapy space in Leeds City Centre, less than a five minute walk from Leeds Railway Station with on-street, pay-and-display, parking. I also work in Meanwood, North Leeds with other community minded therapists in an artfully decorated space with free on street parking nearby.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
(BACP) as well as UKCP Registered and qualified as a Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I work within both ethical frameworks of BACP and UKCP.
I receive clinical supervision by an experienced Psychotherapist for all my client work in order to ensure I am providing the best service to my clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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City Centre: Mon 3 pm - 9 pm & Thurs 10 am - 9 pm;
Meanwood, LS6: Tues 0930 am - 8 pm & Weds 1 pm - 5 pm
Types of client
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