Yael Leinman BSc (Hons) MSc (Counselling Psy), MBACP (Voluntary accred register)

Yael Leinman BSc (Hons) MSc (Counselling Psy), MBACP (Voluntary accred register)

1 Stonecross
St. Albans

07946 476062

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About me

“We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are” (Anaïs Nin, 1961)

Having worked in the voluntary sector and the NHS since 2000; I have become clear that my role as a therapist is to ensure that your therapeutic journey is an effective and a meaningful process that gets you to your goal. The destination can be reached in many ways, and you are in the driver’s seat. My role is to help you navigate through the junctions, dark tunnels, high bridges and forks in the road you are faced with along the way to your destination.

I strive to provide you with an authentic, honest and challenging yet sensitive journey so that you only attend the number of sessions that you require limiting any chances for co-dependeny.

My years in providing short term (6-12 sessions) and long term therapy depends on the needs of the individual. I have worked with a range of people who required different types of support including anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, low mood and depression, relationship difficulties and much more. I have also worked more specifically with difficulties around bereavement and with issues affecting the gay, lesbian and bisexual community. As well as working with adults, I have extensive experience working with young people having started my career in an adolescents psychiatric unit followed by working and managing a Children & Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS). In my private work I am able to see young people from the age of 15 and above who wishes to engage with therapy and are not currently being seen by a CAMHS service.

Some individuals I have worked with have the desire to use therapy for personal development which I am able to facilitate through integrating my skills as a Coach Practitioner as well as my knowledge as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.

I strongly advise that there is commitment involved for the therapy process and a desire to make a change in order for the therapy to be effective as this is a two-way street requiring both of us to give it 100% at all times.


My therapeutic approach comprises of an integration of a number of psychological theories. My psychological underpinning is humanistic, namely Person-Centred Therapy. Over the years I have been adding theoretical knowledge and experience to my ever-growing ‘tool box’ including cognitive-behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy while I view systemic thinking an integral component to therapy (i.e. considering the impact of our family/ cultural/ social/ religion/ country systems on our development, how we think and behave towards ourselves, others and the world).

As a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Lingusitic Programming I am also able to provide more practical strategies to coping with difficulties, and my aim is to work with you using the best of my abilities and knowledge in a way which would be helpful and relevant while refraining from fitting a person into a psychological 'model' or a theory.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Coach Practitioner – The Performance Coach
  • CYP IAPT – Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • MSc in Counselling Psychology – BPS accredited
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology– BPS accredited
  • Uncover Strengths and Build Resilience with CBT
  • How to Motivate Clients
  • Working with Depression: New thinking and effective interventions

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore adhere to the association Ethical framework for good practice.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with



"Calling Yael to start therapy with her was one of the best decisions I've made when I was struggling. She helped me so much and in many different ways. You always hear people say that you need to find the right therapist for it to work and I'm sure that's true - it's hard to establish trust and put yourself in a situation of vulnerability.

I couldn't have imagined anyone better than Yael. She was very understanding, but also called my bluff when I needed someone to bring out my true feelings and help me make sense of them. She's so insightful and always helped me see clearly, even when I (foolishly) thought I'd looked at every possible angle already! I very soon had complete trust in her professionalism and skills and she tried a variety of approaches, which I really liked; she wasn't sticking to something rigidly, but she enabled me to explore what would work for me. When I called her, my anxiety was starting to affect my life in many different ways and I felt trapped.

Now I have much more confidence, understanding of my flaws and I have some strategies to cope with a variety of situations, which come in handy pretty much on a daily basis. I couldn't recommend Yael enough as a therapist. Thank you so much!" (SJ)


"I went to see Yael initially for long-term counselling in the years 2015-17, and then again more recently in January of 2019 for four top-up sessions. Since that first appointment I have made many important decisions: I left a job that was making me unhappy, moved city, and fulfilled a lifelong dream of completing a Master’s degree. It’s safe to say that I would not have had the confidence or emotional resilience to effect any of these positive changes without Yael.

Yael is warm and caring but also practical. She enabled me to discuss my past in a safe space, but also taught me many techniques – such as deep-breathing and body-scanning – that helped me connect with my emotions in the present. I appreciated her intelligence and down-to-earth manner during our sessions, and felt I could be fully myself when talking to her. She ‘got’ me. One of the most helpful things I learnt from Yael was how to re-frame my relationship with myself. Before, I often felt like my own worst enemy. Now I’m able to identify and accept who I am far more, and to tap into different aspects of my personality when they’re useful, rather than letting them control me.

Earlier this year, I turned to Yael via Skype counselling to help me through a period of anxiety. In four sessions she helped me to take a step back from my whirling thoughts, focussing in particular on physical calming techniques. This emotional first-aid got me through a difficult time, and enabled me to move forwards. I would recommend Yael as a counsellor to anyone, for both short and long-term therapy." (EC)


At Hertfordshire Counselling & CBT Service in St. Albans I provide short term and long term therapy which is 60 minutes session at the cost of £60 per session on Saturdays only.

Further information

Before taking the plunge in to therapy, I always recommend that you pick up the phone and have an initial informal chat. This will ease the nerves of knowing what I sound like before we meet and will give you an opportunity to ask me questions about how I work and enable me to understand what is it that you are looking for.

If this is your first time accessing therapy, my advice is to always 'check out' your therapist first and see whether this is someone you feel you can open up to since trust is a key feature in therapy to make it effective.

When you book your first session - there is no obligation to keep coming back. The first session provides both you and I an opportunity to get to know each other slightly better and see whether my skills fit your needs and whether I'm the right therapist for you. A pre-call will make this experience even less scary!

Maps & Directions

St. Albans, AL1 4AA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Saturday day time.

Types of client

Young people