My name is Leo. I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I therefore work within their framework and guidelines.
I have over 15 years experience supporting vulnerable young people and adults in a range of roles from Youth Worker to Substance Misuse volunteer.
When we think of therapy it can bring up feelings of being “weak” or “less of a person”. Perhaps you have been told to “cheer up” or “man up”. This comes from a lack of awareness, comments like this will only bring us down, meaning we go further inside ourselves and have a distorted view of our experience.
Asking for help is not a weakness, being vulnerable is a strength.
My approach comes from a person centred base, from Carl Rogers’s belief that we are all born with the innate ability to “self actualise”, to be the best we can be, to live through our own frame of reference rather than one that has been imposed on us by others, from parents, teachers or society as a whole. I also work with relational therapy in mind. This looks at how we act and react within relationships, “transactions”/ interactions we are part of on a day to day.
As counsellors we borrow from a number of approaches, and we will use a range of skills in our “tool box”, we will use what we feel is appropriate to that individual. Whether you have suffered trauma in your past, you have become a new parent and are struggling to adjust to the responsibility, stress at work, trying to understand your place in society, questioning your identity, you have the right to emotional support and giving yourself permission to say “it is ok not to be ok”.
My passion is working with clients who find it difficult to let themselves become vulnerable, to allow themselves the support. Those clients that put up barriers to therapy. For example, Men who have been taught it is a weakness to admit that they are struggling, some men feel unable to cope and instead of talking, become at risk of suicide. I also work well with the LGBTQI+ community and consider myself an ally. I have experience working within the Substance Misuse field also.
The first thing to do is to get in touch, there is no pressure and we will see if what I can offer fits with what you need. Allow yourself the chance to heal, a chance to grow, to move forward. I look forward to speaking to you.
My general working hours are 2-3 Mon, 10-3 Wed, Thurs and Fri
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Co-morbidity, Dissociation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
BACP Therapist - Registered Member MBACP #393035
Always attentive and knows when to add information at the correct times
Written on Nov 22, 2023 after therapy with Leo for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I've only been working with Leo for a short time so far, he's a very likeable and easy to talk to person. I look forward to our sessions and to talking with him and getting his thoughts on things. He's someone that puts you at ease and doesn't judge, he seems very good at what he does and genuinely cares
Written on Sep 21, 2023 after therapy with Leo for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd
Leo has been a great help to me, he allowed me to see things in a different perspective what has allowed me adjust my life to support my mental health.
Written on Sep 19, 2023 after therapy with Leo for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
I had several sessions with Leo, and I can honestly say that he has been a tremendous help to me. From the very first session, I felt comfortable talking to him, and he has always been incredibly understanding and non-judgmental.
Leo has helped me to work through some deep issues in my life, and I feel like I have made significant progress thanks to his guidance and support. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in his field, and he always seems to know just the right questions to ask or the right advice to give.
What I appreciate most about Leo is his genuine care and concern for his patients. He takes the time to listen and really understand where you're coming from. He also has a great sense of humor that has made me feel more at ease during our sessions.
Leo has a no BS attitude, which I find refreshing. He doesn't sugarcoat things or tell you what you want to hear; he tells you what you need to hear in order to make progress. His honest and straightforward approach has been instrumental in helping me to see things more clearly and make positive changes in my life.
Overall, I would highly recommend Leo to anyone who is seeking therapy. He is an excellent therapist who truly cares about his patients and is dedicated to helping them achieve their goals. Thank you, Leo, for all that you do!
Written on Mar 31, 2023 after therapy with Leo for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
Very compassionate and attentive! Built a good rapport
Written on Aug 15, 2022 after therapy with Leo for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd