I have many years of counselling and psychotherapy experience and professionally recognised training based upon Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Existential traditions. I also brings extensive experience from careers in the business, social and voluntary sectors.
I am registered with the UKCP, and am a member of the BACP and of the BABCP.
Clients come because they value the opportunity to talk in a confidential, comfortable and safe environment here in Herne Hill, Dulwich and Brixton. I know this may be your first experience of therapy and you may not know what to expect and that can be quite scary. I aim help you feel at ease so you can explore what has been troubling you.
The experience of talking with a therapist differs from talking to family, friends or loved ones; with Lesley you can say exactly what you feel without fear of hurting or upsetting those you care about. Experience shows that through the expression of sometimes difficult thoughts and feelings a situation can be better understood.
I’m an experienced therapist who aims to listen actively and practice with honesty and compassion. My purpose is not to judge: rather, to seek to clarify and illuminate your concerns by engaging in a frank and questioning dialogue. An analytic yet caring relationship is what our clients find most helpful.
Finally, I aim to work for you and with you. You choose whether to introduce a life experience maybe never before discussed with anyone. You choose whether to try any particular technique or approach. Together we explore what you find helpful and therapeutic; we recognize that only when you truly feel our relationship is respectful, confidential and understanding will you achieve what you hope for in therapy.
I offer short term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, mornings, afternoons and evenings.
I work to the ethical framework of the UKCP and BACP - the primary professional organisations in psychotherapy.
An important part of ethics is confidentiality; this is broken only when legally required. For example if a client tell their therapist they are planning to hurt a child. In practice I have never had to break confidentiality.
One advantage of confidentiality is that one day when the therapist is not longer in your life, all that you said has gone with them. Sometimes, when we share intimate information and feelings with a friend we must live with them knowing for decades.