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Victoria Leeson Dip (HE) Accredited MBACP Registered/UKCP Registered

Leeds LS1 & LS6
07892 873 512 07892 873 512 Registered / Accredited

About me

During the current circumstances I am offering counselling sessions remotely via Skype, Zoom or phone both during the daytime and evening. Please feel free to contact me to request a brief telephone or Skye call to discuss any concerns or questions you have about working remotely and how I may be able to support you.

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor offering confidential and empathic counselling working with a range of issues. Client appointments are usually 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.


Client Feedback:

"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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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).

Therapies offered

  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

Fees

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.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Further information

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.

Head Space
18 Park Place
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 2SJ

The Old Surgery
4A Green Road
Meanwood
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 4JP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair accessibility available at LS6 4JP.

Availability

Current remote therapy availability:                    Mon - Thursday 10 am - 10 pm; Fri 10 am - 3 pm

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Victoria Leeson Dip (HE) Accredited MBACP Registered/UKCP Registered

Victoria Leeson Dip (HE) Accredited MBACP Registered/UKCP Registered