Person-Centred Psychotherapist (UKCP)
My name is Louise Leonard. I am an experienced psychotherapist with several years’ experience.
I have extensive experience working within an NHS setting in occupational health and clinical health offering therapy to both NHS staff and patients with long-term health conditions. I also have three years of experience in a bereavement counselling service as well as general counselling with diverse clients struggling with many types of therapy issues.
My practice takes a Person-Centred approach. This means that I hold the fundamental belief that deep down you know what’s best to achieve your own optimum outcome in any life problem. Therefore, I will never claim to be an expert on your experience. Instead, I will endeavour to support and empower you to clarify your own thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it’s hard for us to get in touch with that inner knowing because throughout our lives we may have internalised judgements from others.
This can create an internal conflict or a block. My aim is to create an accepting, non-judgmental, understanding environment that can give you the space to work through any issues safely, confidentially, and at your own pace. Working together we can find ways to untangle your blocks, get closer to your inner knowing, and move towards becoming the person you want to be.
I hold an undergraduate psychology degree and a post-graduate diploma in psychotherapy. I am currently working towards an MSc in Contemporary Person Centred-Psychotherapy and Applications at Metanoia Institute. The final part of this training includes a research dissertation. I am researching the experience of bodily pain and discomfort. I am expecting to complete my MSc qualification in 2022. I have completed over 600 client hours so far in various placements with diverse client groups and have been seeing clients for over five years.
I have also completed mental health familiarisation placements with Look Ahead Care Support and Housing in a hostel for people with long term severe mental health conditions and at a psychiatric inpatient ward within The Maudsley and South London NHS Trust.
I am also a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. My previous life experience was in television as a BBC film editor from 1989-2009.
Appointments & Fees:
The initial session is an opportunity to find out if we are a good fit for each other and can begin to work together. Following this, we can agree to continue for any number of sessions with periodic reviews.
I charge £65 per 50-minute session. Some discounted places may be available following a discussion of your circumstances.
***If you are interested in contacting Louise Leonard or needing information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***