With over two decades of experience, I am a dedicated substance misuse counselor who empowers others on their journey of change. My varied background includes designing holistic drug and alcohol programs, delivering impactful health education, and providing one-on-one counseling support. I find great purpose in being a part of an individual's process of transformation.
As a licensed counselor in the UK, I bring many years of professional experience to my practice. My expertise spans helping clients cope with stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma, grief and loss. I meet each person where they are, believing we all have inner strengths to tap into. My client-centered approach focuses on empowering individuals to become authors of their own life stories.
Throughout my career, I have worked extensively with both adults and young people in settings ranging from criminal justice to health clinics. This allows me to understand substance misuse from multiple perspectives. At the end of the day, I am driven by a desire to promote positive change through compassionate counseling and holistic support. I consider it a privilege to walk alongside others on their road to fulfillment and inner peace.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
BACP Therapist - Registered Member MBACP #395470
Lee really understands me and it’s nice to know he’s here to support me. I never feel patronised and he’s always sending me very helpful material.
Written on Feb 29, 2024 after therapy with Lee for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
Lee is aware of my appreciation, respect and gratitude for him and his abilities in assisting me with my issues
Written on Feb 27, 2024 after therapy with Lee for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Lee is a great listener and thinker who cares and our relationship has helped me improve my life in its most important area - my mental health.
Written on Feb 11, 2024 after therapy with Lee for 4 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and anger management
Lee has been amazing, he is very caring and professional. Lee has made me feel safe talking about really vulnerable subjects. Thankyou Lee!
Written on Jan 16, 2024 after therapy with Lee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coaching
I have worked with Lee now for 8 months and I have felt like we have achieved so much. Pieces of the puzzle started fitting together what started making sense to understand some of my behaviours. He has challenged me and made me reflect in my own decisions and how to safely modify and try new approaches always at my pace and with full support and lack of judgement. I would really recommend Lee to anyone that is going through their journey of change, growth and recovery.
Written on Jan 15, 2024 after therapy with Lee for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Being new to therapy, I took a chance with BetterHelp and was matched with Lee Whelan. His guidance in tackling my limiting beliefs, self-esteem, and relationship issues has been invaluable. Despite my initial hesitance as a first-time therapy-goer, Lee's compassionate approach and wealth of knowledge made the experience incredibly rewarding. The practical exercises he suggests between sessions have truly helped me apply our discussions to real-life scenarios. For anyone seeking a supportive and experienced therapist for transformative growth, I wholeheartedly recommend Lee's services.
Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Lee for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching