Feeling stuck, anxious or depressed?
Having relationship, work or identity problems?
Find yourself ‘extra-sensitive,’ angry or irritable?
We all feel low or confused at times, whether that’s a vague sense of ‘overwhelm’ or a deeper struggle with trauma, depression or anxiety. These uncomfortable feelings are universal.
Perhaps you are experiencing a loss of meaning, direction or sense of self. You may be affected by childhood experiences such as neglect or abuse. You might be looking for support with addictive behaviours, disordered eating, bereavement or relationships.
Whatever you’d like to explore, I can help you make sense of it in a safe and supportive way.
Psychotherapy and Counselling with Jess Leigh
Why Have Therapy? Well, it can be an enormous relief to face troubling issues. Working with a neutral listener can help you make sense of difficult experiences and complicated feelings (clients often tell me they feel “lighter’’ after a session.) In my view, the right therapeutic relationship can make distressing experiences feel significantly better.
My Approach: The word ‘Therapy’ comes from the Greek for ‘Attendant.’ I see my role as that of an empathic and non-judgemental yet gently challenging companion, someone who will support you in the transition from challenging terrain to smoother ground with increased confidence and optimism.
My approach is ‘Existential’ (Humanist) which means ‘about existence.’ Existentialism aims to understand an individual’s ‘values, principles, attitudes, meaning and purpose,’ arguably the defining elements of ‘who’ we are. An unsettled feeling may be the result of a clash between what we truly feel or believe and what we are trying to project or how we are behaving. Inner conflict is likely to cause a sense of stuck-ness or unhappiness but we don’t always realise why.
In difficult moments it can be hard to identify the best way forward by ourselves but it is possible to generate new perspectives. Ideally the therapeutic process will help you connect thoughts, feelings and experiences in fresh ways, helping to increase resilience and develop a more integrated understanding of (your)self.
About Me: A former TV producer I re-trained as a Therapist ten years ago after a struggle with physical and mental health issues. I was clinically depressed for some time, both unhealthy and unhappy.
I had been cynical about the benefits of counselling beforehand but found the process improved my sense of self-esteem and wellbeing so much that, for me, it has been revolutionary. No longer preoccupied with false deficits and failings, I can be open and receptive in working with others and am passionate about the benefits counselling can provide.
Please get in touch for an initial assessment session.
Areas I work with
My specialist areas include:
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Career, personal and emotional issues affecting Gifted, High-Profile and High-Achieving Adults (often from the Media, Medical, Political, Financial, Academic, Fashion, Academic and Legal professions.)
- Co-dependent, Coercive and Toxic Relationships.
- Identity, Gender and Sexuality-related concerns. LGBTQ*.
- Low Mood, Isolation or Loneliness and Confidence.
- ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and Workplace Stress, ‘Burn Out’ and Bullying.
- HSP (High Sensitivity), Neuro-atypicality and Processing issues.
- Health Anxiety and Chronic Health Issues.
I take up regular professional development opportunities, have qualified supervision and always adhere to the BACP guidelines of professionalism. Please get in touch for an assessment session.
Psychotherapy Qualifications, Training & Experience:
- RM, BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.)
- MSC Psychology, University of East London (in progress).
- Post-Graduate Diploma Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Distinction, University of Brighton.
- LTCL Teacher’s Diploma, Trinity College London.
- ATCL Teacher’s Diploma, Trinity College London.
- BA English Literature with Developmental Psychology, University of Auckland.
Further Psychotherapeutic Training (CPD) includes:
-BPS-approved Clinical Supervision Skills, Relationship and Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Coaching Skills; Vulnerable Adult work; Trauma and Bereavement Therapy; Domestic Abuse; Eating Disorders; LGBTNB* and Identity Therapy. I have also developed and facilitated anger-management and self-esteem groups.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.