COVID-19 UPDATE - Leigh Skelding Counselling service is here for you - Supporting individuals and families via various electronic platforms to suit your needs.
July 2020 Update: Walk and Talk therapy is now being offered with 2 metre social distancing for your safety.
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,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 them to deal with life's challenges and looking at their transition for life beyond school age. I work Creatively incorporating Play therapy for those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD/ADHD/Aspergers enabling them 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.
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.
I am very much a people person, warm by nature and empathic. I accept all who walk through my door without fear of judgment. I see people as unique and appreciate that we all have difficult moments when we need to reach out and have someone to talk too. I am professional and abide to the BACP ethics and regulations. I regularly attend Clinical Supervision to review my work and attend workshops which enable my practice every term.
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.
Since July 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.
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!