COVID-19 UPDATE - Leigh Skelding Counselling service is here for you - Supporting individuals and families via various electronic platforms and "Walk and Talk" to suit your needs.
*March 2022 Update* Walk and Talk continues to be offered as a safe measure to ensure your safety during the pandemic with the increased Omicron variant. Face to face therapy can be booked at premises in Baldock, Hertfordshire.
My name is Leigh and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor working within schools and Private Practice. I have extensive experience working with children and teenagers, plus adults affected by anxiety, social anxiety, bereavement, depression, Self-harm, low mood, self-esteem, personality disorder, loss and attachment issues.
I work with children aged 5+ on the Autistic spectrum and their families within a school setting on a daily basis, helping to deal with life's challenges and looking at transition for life beyond school age. I work creatively incorporating Play therapy for those on the Spectrum, ASD/ADHD/Aspergers enabling children and adults to express themselves with their social, communication, interests and behaviour. I have worked alongside families whose children have been excluded from education due to behavioural difficulties, where the impact on the child and family are significant. I predominantly use forms of art therapy to assist children in expressing, understanding and working with their emotions. I am a member of the Creative Counselling Group which allows me full access to many creative and artistic ways to work with clients
My Private Practice space is currently in Baldock, Hertfordshire, where I am able to see people on a one to one basis or families.
Since June 2019 I have offered 'Walk and Talk' therapy, so no matter what the weather it allows total freedom and has a number of proven benefits.
People often feel better immediately because it:
It’s easy, natural and relaxing to be outdoors or out in a natural environment· It doesn’t require a lot of eye contact and it is more comfortable to walk and talk side by side than in an office.
Allows you to think clearly and creatively about your problems. Therefore, find solutions quicker.
It's healthy and uplifting because walking improves your health and energy levels, so you sleep better and feel more energetic.
It's soothing, calming and nice to be outdoors or to walk in nature, so you fret less about your problems.
It is suitable for everyone. You set your own walking pace, from a gentle stroll to a brisk pace – whatever you are comfortable with.
I am very much a people person, warm by nature and empathic. I accept all who walk through my door without fear or judgment. I understand how difficult is it to reach out and appreciate the courage it takes to ask for help. I am professional and abide to the BACP ethics and regulations. I regularly attend Clinical Supervision to review my work and keep my skills updated with CPD, (continued professional development).
CPD I have recently completed:
CBT Working with children and adolescents (Nov 2021)
Key Success to working with Male Clients (Mar 2021)
Working with Suicide (Nov 2020)
Creative Therapy - working with arts and media (Sept 2020)
The Impact of Trauma In Infancy on Child Development (Sept 2020)
Working creatively with Autism (Apr 2020)
Life Story work (Oct 2019)
Safeguarding children within Domestic Violence (Sept 2019)
Working with ASD (Mar 2019)
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I have full public liability insurance.
My belief is that each client is unique, so I can offer you a flexible approach, working with your best interest in mind and building a relationship where we can explore your problems, thoughts, feeling and memories together, without fear or judgement in a safe and quiet space. I offer one off, short term and long term therapy. I bring all of myself to my work, I am present and transparent often reflecting on personal examples that may illuminate a place where you are feeling stuck or to help you feel less isolated. I am right there with you.
Individual Counselling sessions will be £55 for 50 minutes.
Walk & Talk therapy - £55 for 50 minutes.
Family Counselling sessions will be £65 for 60 minutes.
Low cost counselling is available for those on benefits at a sliding scale. Please enquire for further information.
The only reality I can possibly know is the world as I perceive it at this moment. The only reality you can possibly know is the world as you see it at this moment. And the only certainty is that those perceived realities are different. There are as many “real worlds” as there are people!