About me

 

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From time to time, many of us will be presented with either a life event, or something happening from within that affects the way we think and feel.  At those times, exploring what is happening can be helpful.

I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor/ psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner, Accredited with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Throughout our sessions I will be alongside you as you make sense of what is happening, before coming to some sort of resolution.

Sometimes you may find that you can become ‘bogged down’ with problems, feeling stuck and not able to see a way out; solution focused sessions can help you identify your best hopes, working together towards your preferred future.

I offer both short term counselling and brief solution focused therapy (up to 6 sessions), longer term counselling/ psychotherapy , or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-processing) based upon your needs.

Throughout our sessions together I will endeavour to provide you with a safe ‘containing’ space, where you do not feel judged, no matter what issues you bring to counselling.

I have experience of working with clients with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, low mood and depression, low self-esteem, complex bereavement; including those bereaved by the death of a child (including miscarriage, medical termination and still birth) and those bereaved by murder or suicide; clients with eating disorders, trauma work ( inc. post-traumatic stress disorder), obsessive compulsive behaviour, self- harm and suicidal thoughts.

In addition to my private practice, I work as a counsellor in a specialist service offering counselling and interventions to anyone impacted by the death of a child, however old, from conception onwards; however recent or long ago.

I have worked therapeutically within Child and Adolescent Mental Health for 19 years; working in a systemic way with children, young people and their families. I have extensive experience of working with individuals (both children and adults) with learning disabilities and developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Conditions.  This can relate to issues of diagnosis and what this means for you or about adapting my work to meet your needs.

After your Initial assessment session, we will contract to meet for a series of sessions (usually between 4 and 6), after which we can review what is happening and whether you would like sessions to continue.

I work from a fully accessible therapy centre in Bromborough, Wirral. On your first session I will meet you at the reception area to ensure confidentiality.

Please feel free to contact me either by telephone  on 07813771731 or email  to discuss whether I can help . I may not be able to respond to you immediately, but will endeavour to respond within 6- 12 hours of your initial inquiry.  I am registered on linkedin.com and my profile can be accessed here:http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/lesley-dougan-reg-mbacp/25/112/909