- Phone number
- 07941 285743
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
“You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it.” Rumi
I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Senior Accredited Therapist working with individuals and couples in South Godstone, Surrey, and via telephone and video.
It is an enormous step entering therapy, whether it is for the first time or not. There are many different approaches, theories and models to select from, but research shows that what influences the success of therapy is not the type of therapy but the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client.
The most important thing is finding the therapist who is right for you.
This will come down to personal preference and what feels like a comfortable connection.
It may seem a daunting task, but one usually knows pretty quickly if the therapist is the right one, even just by the initial contact.
I started practising in 2000, with individuals and later with couples. I have a specific interest in one’s development during early childhood and how that affects the relationship to ourselves and to others later in life.
My work in the NHS, in private practice and with EAP’s brings me a wealth of experience in areas such as loss, depression, relationship difficulties, family issues and all the related struggles many of us encounter through life.
In terms of therapeutic style, I consider myself an integrative therapist - meaning I use several approaches. Whilst my bedrock is psychodynamic theory, I have also studied psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory and psychosynthesis, giving me a rich foundation from which to work.
You can find out more about my approach, qualifications and registrations on my about page at www.heidileipnik.com
Face-to-face and online options
As well as holding sessions online and by telephone, Brooklands, South Godstone, is a private venue offering a natural and welcoming environment within a peaceful and comfortable setting.
As well as our spacious, light indoor therapy room, which enjoys views of the surrounding natural space, we have the opportunity to work in the grounds.
Our outdoor sheltered space allows for face-to-face work to continue during COVID-19 restrictions, maintaining social distance requirements and in the fresh air, whilst providing shelter. The rich theory of eco therapy holds us in this sometimes necessary but wonderfully advantageous move into the great outdoors.
My first session
Our first session is a time for us to meet, in the format of a normal session, to give you an idea of what it will be like to work with me and for us both to determine whether or not I am the right therapist for you.
In this session I will ask you to tell me what brings you here and I will have some questions to ask which will help me build a picture of you and your needs.
I consider this first session an assessment session, where there is a mutual assessment going on! At the end of this session we will usually know if we want to enter into further work together and it is at this point we will agree how that might be done. I usually suggest an initial 6 sessions for us to get started and so at session 5 we review and either finish at session 6 or continue on into open-ended work.
What I can help with
Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Personal development, Relationships, Spirituality
Types of therapy
Eclectic, Integrative, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, EAP, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited