Heather Leslie

Heather Leslie


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07900171876

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Therapist - Swindon

Swindon SN1
07900171876
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

Welcome to HML Counselling! 

I work 5 days a week:

Monday 9am-7:30pm, Tuesday 9am-7:30pm, Wednesday 1-6pm, Thursday 9-2pm, Friday 9-4pm 

I currently have sessions available on Monday morning and evening, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and Friday morning. 

I will be unavailable for sessions from Monday 5th September to Friday 16th September 2022.  

Sessions resume from Monday 19th September 2022

About me and my therapy practice

I am a qualified Creative Therapeutic counsellor - CPCAB Level 4 and a trauma Therapist  - CPCAB Level 5.  My role is to always work with what my clients bring to each session, so my approach is person centred, whilst integrating other recognised therapeutic models, in agreement with my clients. For instance, I may use CBT or aspects of Gestalt therapy in a session. 

Alongside talking therapy, my sessions are often more creative - with a range of sensory objects available for clients to work with. I understand how difficult it can be to talk, so I offer a range of tactile tools to help clients tell their story, if they choose to. I have a variety  games, activities, cards and worksheets, mindfulness and relaxation exercises to enhance sessions. Together, the client and I discover ways to acknowledge and express emotions and feelings in a safe and ethical environment. 

Practice description

My training allows scope for integrating modalities into sessions, not in a haphazard way but with a well-considered and client-focussed approach. 

I started HML Counselling because I longed to create a safe and welcoming space, where clients can rest as well as engage in therapy. My room is warm and spacious. I welcome dogs and if client's need a support person to take the first steps into sessions, I welcome a 3rd person into the room. 

A contract is signed after agreeing to work together. This is usually for a period of 12 weeks. A review and an offer to extented, if necessary is always available. 

My first session

Contracted, paid sessions begin after an assessment session. 

An assessment session with me is free and runs for 40 minutes. It is an informal meeting focussed on introductions and expectations. I use this time to meet the client, hear their needs and to speak about my way of working. Client expectation of how therapy sessions work is extremely important to me. 

There is no obligation to begin counselling with me after the assessment session. It is very important for any prospective clients to have the opportunity to build a strong and safe therapeutic relationship. I want to the be right counsellor for you - but I acknowledge that I might not be! Having this all-important assessment session is the first step in finding out if we can work together. 

Sometimes I use recognised assessment forms but not usually in this informal assessment session. It is more common for me to offer a formal assessment, using forms, in session one of paid therapy sessions.  

I will always ask if the client is happy to fill in assessment forms. 


What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Menopause, OCD, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Creative therapy, Integrative, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Families, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Text therapy, Time-limited