As a counsellor, I offer a space to listen to your difficulties, trying to understand how you see and experience them and how they impact upon your life. I believe counselling is a joint activity where we explore your difficulties together, helping you decide whether to make changes in your life, and if so, which ones to make and how to make them.
Counselling can take the shape of short or longer term support depending upon the nature of your difficulties.
Psychotherapy can take longer than counselling. I believe that our past experiences, both good and bad, influence our ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in present situations and relationships, which, in turn, may influence our future experiences and relationships. How often do we keep doing the same things, leading us to get the same results, time and again.
Psychotherapy gives you the chance to explore these past experiences, offering possible insight into patterns of thinking, feeling and relating that impact on you today. Exploring these patterns gives you the opportunity to consider whether and how to break free from these restrictive influences of the past.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I also offer therapy using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is widely recognised as one of the most effective means of helping people suffering from anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and depression, amongst other difficulties. I find CBT is especially useful when exploring long held and unhelpful ways of thinking that lead us to feel and behave in fairly fixed ways, creating problems and restricting enjoyment of your life.
There is a separate section on this website - My Integrative Approach - which offers a far more detailed discussion of my theoretical approach and how emotional difficulties may develop.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am a registered member of the BACP, a professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy with over 37000 members and which works towards the provision of a high standard of therapeutic practice. The BACP Register of counsellors and psychotherapists on which I am included is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and standards within my own practice.
I am also a graduate member of The British Psychological Society and hold full insurance.
Please note that I currently only work with adults and do not offer couples counselling.
Richard Leishman - Phone 07968 736 480 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org