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.
*April 2021 Update* Walk and Talk therapy is now being offered with 2 metre social distancing for your safety. I have also returned face to face 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 11+ 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 issues, 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 artistic ways to work with clients. In my experience of working with children, I have found them to engage in therapy by being able to express themselves if they aren't able to find words to say how they are feeling and sometimes as humans, we don't always have the words to describe our thoughts as with adults too.
My Private Practice space is currently in Stotfold, Bedfordshire and 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 see people as unique and appreciate that we all have difficult moments when we need to reach out and have someone to offload and talk too. 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:
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.
Individual Counselling sessions will be £45 for 50 minutes.
Walk & Talk therapy - £45 for 50 minutes.
Family Counselling sessions will be £60 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!