Experienced Existential Therapist (MBACP)
My name is Jess Leigh. I am an intelligent, friendly, and experienced Existential/Integrative Psychotherapist, Counselling Teacher and Mediator. I provide skilled and effective Therapy to adults in person at HQ Therapy in Haggerston, E8, and online.
I also offer psychological assessments to Media organisations, and Mediation services to couples or colleagues in dispute.
Competent and compassionate, I have been privileged to witness extraordinary transformation in therapeutic relationships with a diverse range of people, over many years. My approach is calm and boundaried – but informal. This means I am completely myself in the room and will bring humour and irony into our work together at times. I am not a ‘Blank Screen’ Therapist.
Why Have Therapy?
Well…it can be an enormous relief to face troubling feelings.
Working with a trained and neutral listener helps join the dots between thoughts and feelings, creating fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking, relating, and coping. Therapy can be challenging, but almost always in a helpful way. Coming to terms with past events or current worries – even very traumatic ones – is not usually as scary as we might think. In a safe relationship, it’s a relief to bring worries to light.
As a Therapist, my role is as a facilitative equal. No one knows you like you, but it never hurts to get a fresh take on stuck points, unhelpful habits or underlying patterns in behaviour. I am naturally non-judgemental and, among other things, can help you unpick stories you tell yourself about who or how you ‘are’ or ‘should be.’
In my view, quality Therapy helps us understand ourselves more deeply, enabling positive change and identifying pathways to a more authentic and fulfilling future.
Whatever’s on your mind, I can support you to make sense of it safely and to move forward with a greater understanding of self and others; confidence, and even some Va Va Voom!
My specialisms include depression, anxiety & stress; working in confidence with high-profile, gifted, and high-achieving adults; relationship concerns including recovery from coercive, co-dependent , and toxic situations, and LGBTQIA*-related themes. I have a particular interest in helping women with low self-esteem and ‘Imposter Syndrome’ to get a sense of authority and offer Therapeutic support to those with ADHD.
Why are you considering Therapy?
- You may be feeling ‘too’ sensitive or stressed, guilty or anxious.
- You may be lacking in confidence or self-esteem.
- You may be struggling with a current or historic relationship or family and work problems.
- You might be battling with unresolved loss and bereavement.
- You be preoccupied with earlier memories or current experiences of neglect or abuse.
- You could be trying to understand a sense of ‘failure’, disappointment, or loneliness.
- Sometimes we feel sad, low, or troubled without a clear reason, just a sense that something is ‘off,’ and worth exploring.
A former TV Producer, I retrained as a Therapist some time ago when physical and mental crises forced a lifestyle overhaul and a reckoning with ‘Self’. I had been a ‘Therapy cynic’ but was humbled when my own experience of counselling proved revelatory. It was a relief to relate in a way that enabled elemental change, not just in Thinking but also in Feeling. I had not realised what was driving my discontent until I got brave and opened up.
This is why my preferred therapeutic approach is Existential. Existentialism simply means ‘about existence.’ (Often this boils down to understanding ourselves in relationships with others.) Its gently questioning position seeks to define what matters to us, uniquely, and how our attitudes, values, and beliefs align with who we really are. It explores ways in which we can move toward actions and behaviours that encourage satisfying and meaningful lives and helps unlock patterns and attitudes that are unhelpful to us as individuals.
If you’d like to find out more about how my Therapy works, please contact me below and book an initial session.
- Therapy In Person £90.00 – 55 mins
- Therapy Online £90.00 – 55 mins
- Low Cost by Arrangement £75.00 – 55 mins
- Psychological Assessments Please enquire directly.
- Mediation Please enquire directly.
- Media Interviews Please enquire directly.
***If you are in need of more information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***