Leigh Whittaker

Leigh Whittaker


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Contact Leigh

Therapist - Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

In the face of the current pandemic, I will only be offering telephone or video call sessions. 

About me and my therapy practice

We are currently experiencing an unusual time as a result of COVID-19. This may naturally cause anxiety, stress and low mood.  I will be offering discounted sessions to those who have found themselves unemployed as a result of the pandemic. You may have already been experiencing these feelings before the current situation and would like to use this time to explore them. I can support you in making sense of your thoughts, feelings and needs, at a pace that is comfortable for you.

I am an integrative therapist who will adapt my practice to you, focusing on your story in order to better achieve your goals. I do not believe in putting people in boxes, and will ensure I work with you as an individual to seek out your needs.

My core training is in Transactional Analysis which forms the theoretical framework for the therapy that I offer. This would mean I ask you to come up with a therapeutic goal so that I know we are working on what you need. If you are uncertain of what this goal is when you begin therapy, then we can take our time.

You might attend therapy for only a short period, or you might extend this over a few months or even years. However long you would like to attend, is entirely up to you. 

I can provide you with a safe space, where you can talk in a relaxed and informal way, exploring what it is that brought you to therapy. While there may be no easy answer to some of the complex problems in your life, I will listen and help you to frame the difficult questions. While you explore your emotions at a pace that is right for you, I will listen without making any judgements, seeking to help you overcome barriers and progress on your personal journey. 

If you would like to find out more information, please feel free to explore my website or to get in touch by emailing info@leighwhittakertherapy.co.uk to arrange an initial phone call. 

My first session

Before we officially work together you would be welcome to have a free telephone consultation. This would give you the opportunity to have a chat with me about what you are looking for and ask any questions you may have. Having this call does not mean you are obliged to have therapy with me, it is there to help you make an informed decision on what to do going forward.

After this we would then have an initial assessment, this will help decide if I am the right therapist for you. There really is no other way of discovering this other than meeting me (virtually in the current circumstances). This session will involve an assessment so that I can understand you a little more and a chance to see if you would like to continue working with me. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Creative therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Play therapy, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling