I have been working as a therapist in voluntary agencies and private practice for 13 years.
Through the experience of working with others, I have come to understand that much of the pain and distress in life is rooted in a disconnection from the sense of ourselves. When we lose contact with our deepest needs and what really matters to us we can feel lost, unable to believe in ourselves and may find that we are less able to trust others. It becomes harder to find meaning in life, we can lose direction and relationships suffer.
My approach is relational in that I believe that the relationship between client and therapist as a very important aspect of the therapeutic work and outcome. I see therapy as a collaborative process and my aim is to work closely with you exploring painful life events and limiting patterns which may be preventing you reaching your full potential.
I am increasingly interested in mindfulness both personally and professionally. Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; learning to be more self-compassionate and bringing awareness to negative thought patterns before they spiral out of control. It can be a very practical tool for freeing ourselves from automatic and unhelpful ways of thinking and reacting. For more information on mindfulness follow these links
I offer a fee free first session to help with the important decision of finding the right therapist for you. (There would be a charge of £7.50 to cover the room cost.) Subsequent sessions cost £50 for 50 minutes. I have a limited number of low cost sessions for students or those on low salaries. We can discuss this in our initial meeting.
Experience and specialist areas
Alongside my private work I have worked for a low cost service where I offered therapy to people from diverse backgrounds who come with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, trauma, childhood abuse, suicidal thoughts, sexual identity and self-harm.
I specialise in working with bereavement and loss having trained with Cruse Bereavement Care and worked for them for many years.
Before becoming a counsellor my work was centred in the creative arts field. I have worked for West Sussex County Council providing counselling for children and young people, where exploration through creative mediums and metaphor is central to the work. I have found that adults too can benefit from this expressive approach.
I am experienced in offering time limited as well as long term work so will adapt our work together to suit your needs.
Fees: I offer a fee free first session to give us an opportunity to meet to see if working together feels right. ( you would need to pay £7.50 to cover room cost). I have a number of low fee spaces for students or those on low wages. We can discuss this in our initial meeting.
Qualifications and trainings
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
(University of Brighton)
Certificate in counselling (Birkbeck University)
CBT (multi modal model) training
Cruse bereavement training
ASSIST suicide intervention training
Mindfulness practice training (MBCT)
Training in working with trauma and dissociative disorder
I am a registered member of the following:
BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Mobile: 07507 513 855
Message service: 07722 055 186
How to find me
I work from a welcoming room in Withdean, Brighton. If you drive, there is ample free parking on the street or take bus 27 from central Brighton to Tongdean Rd stop which is a few minutes walk away.
55 Wayland Avenue , Brighton BN1 5JL.
I worked with Lesley for around 6 months and found the entire process a life changing journey. We took things at my own pace and Lesley allowed me to guide her as to the speed at which we worked. After coming to the end of my counselling sessions I feel as though I have a new lease of life. I put this down to the courage and willingness I had within myself to keep on fighting to resolve my inner issues and also the gentle, warm and reliable relationship that myself and Lesley built over the course of our sessions.
I arrived completely broken, lost and unable to look forwards, faced with multiple challenging events in my life that overwhelmed me. Lesley’s approach to my needs helped me break those items down into manageable chunks that I could understand and view from an outsider’s perspective. She provided me with lifelong tools to keep myself afloat and to rebuild, without fear of voicing what I need… firstly to myself but also to others. Not to feel responsible for all around me…I’ve become stronger than I have ever been and for that I’m eternally grateful. Lesley’s approach was exactly what I needed. Thank you. I have no reservations in recommending Lesley to anyone and would not hesitate to see her again should a need arise.