Welcome to Marion Leslie Counselling

A confidential and safe space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life. Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, I hope I can make that process a little easier for you. Life can be wonderful, but we are often thrown off course by it’s complications. Whatever the issues you are facing, past or present, I will be a witness, offering time and space to look at these issues and the feelings that have been evoked within you.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my site, I hope you find it helpful.

I am an experienced and fully qualified Person Centred counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor and I have been providing both short and long-term therapy to adult individuals FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

My main areas of specialism are serious illness, particularly the area of cancer – however I also work with any health related issues; traumatic life events, bereavement, relationship issues and many other issues listed below.

If you, or someone close to you has been given a diagnosis of serious illness, you may be experiencing many frightening and confusing feelings; I offer understanding in a way that possibly others close to you may find difficult – and a trained and experienced counsellor, I can offer you the time, space and safety to explore the complex range of emotions that you may be experiencing.


I work with many different issues therapeutically including:


Depression

Anxiety

Serious & Life Threatening Illness & Prognosis

Issues connected to cancer

Stress

Bereavement

Termination

Couple counselling

Infertility

Loneliness

Divorce

Relationships


I am also a counselling supervisor, and in addition I offer supervision support to those in the Health Professions for both group work and individual support in various organisational fields, particularly cancer and all life threatening illnesses.


My Practice is in Northwood Middlesex, near Ruislip, also near to Rickmansworth, Watford and Bushey in Hertfordshire. This location is convenient for many areas including Stanmore and Harrow in Middlesex, also for Chorleywood in Hertfordshire.


About Me

In addition to being a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience and Individual Member of BACP I am fully insured and supervised in accordance with their guidelines, adhering to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and to their complaint procedure.

Please see my qualifications and the training I have undergone below:

  • Dip Counselling (Middlesex University)
  • Cert in Supervision
  • Group Process and Facilitation
  • Cert. EMDR Levels 1, 2and 3
  • Cert in Couples Counselling
  • Cert in CBT
  • Cert in Cancer Counselling
  • Cert in Working with families with physical illness, a Systematic Approach, Tavistock & Portman Trust

I have worked as a person-centred counsellor and supervisor for over 20 years both in private practice and within various organisations: NHS Primary Care; St Mary’s School counsellor; Youth counselling agency; Keech Hospice care, where I supported and facilitated staff; Bishops Wood private hospital cancer patients, also staff supervision; supervisor for Lead senior management of Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice; Bereavement counsellor at St Luke’s Hospice. I am very experienced in working with issues around a cancer diagnoses and the subsequent disease process. I work all health issues that affect emotional well being.


Having been a Senior Accredited Member of BACP for many years (since 2009),I have recently returned to Private Practice after a 5 year break, during which time I chose to expand my knowledge and experience in the therapeutic field ; I wished to pursue my continuing interest in the way physical health appears to have a great impact on human psychological experience. I spent a year working on a cancer ward where I supervised Nurses and Health Care assistants. In this role I also worked as a counsellor supporting individuals who had cancer and their families who wished to be supported through this process.In my practice I see Individuals and couples. I am also a Supervisor to other counsellors.

How can counselling help?

In my experience, the counselling can offer an ideal opportunity to understand various relationships in your life both past and present, this counselling ‘space’ and time allowing you the freedom to explore the myriad of psychological, social and spiritual areas of your life – should you wish to do so; this is YOUR counselling session to use as you wish….this is very much your ‘journey’ for you to travel.


“As you start to walk on the way,

the way appears.”

-Rumi

Counselling & Psychotherapy

I work collaboratively with all my clients, facilitating great opportunity to explore a wide range of emotional experiences whilst respecting my clients’ right to autonomy within the counselling relationship.

I believe that as human beings we are our own best authority on our personal experience of life, and I view my role in the relationship as facilitator for growth and healing.

I offer a safe, authentic, non-judgemental and empathic experience within the counselling relationship.

I see counselling as a way of exploring the personal experience of life with a person who is both trained and experienced in facilitating people to search for a more happy, satisfying and meaningful way of living their life; the reasons and desire for counselling are many and varied.

I see individual and couples who wish to discuss whatever issues they feel they wish to talk about.

Living with serious & life-threatening illness

Whatever the issues that bring people to counselling whether it is divorce or separation, physical health issues or life threatening illness, cancer, life transitions, anxieties, sexuality, grief – counselling can be useful in providing qualified and unbiased support to find a way forward.

Over my many years of experience of supporting and working with clients, I have become increasingly interested in Neuropsychology and the way that emotional issues affect the body as a whole and I enjoy my progression and study in finding out more in this specialised field of work, through my ongoing continuing professional development. As a counsellor, my role is to facilitate and accompany you to on your journey of self-discovery, also to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it…..if you choose to do so.

Just as illness affects your physical health, it can bring up a wide range of feelings that you may be unaccustomed to dealing with. It can also make existing feelings feel more intense. They may change daily, hourly, or even minute to minute. These emotions may be occurring whether you are currently in treatment, finished treatment…or possibly you are a friend or family member. Often the values you grew up with can affect the way you cope with your illness, in particular cancer, which can sometimes have a particular social stigma attached to it. You may, for example:

  • Feel that you have to be ‘strong’ to protect friends and family
  • You may want to seek support and turn to loved ones, but have concerns about upsetting them.

You may be feeling:

  • Overwhelmed
  • In denial
  • Feel angry
  • Frightened
  • Sad and depressed
  • Guilty
  • Lonely

My experience enables me to listen and ‘hear’ you in order to be able to support you, by working with your fears and difficulties together we can out the best coping strategies that you feel will work for YOU.

Please do get in touch for an initial conversation free of charge to discuss how counselling can help you with your difficulties.

Phone: 07957 224635

Email: [email protected]


Covid – 19 issues

The Covid -19 pandemic has impacted hugely for a many people, and for some, has and continues to be one of the most difficult situations that many people have experienced. Life may have become:

Traumatised

Uncertain

Stressful

Frightening

Changed – in many ways

Many of my clients have that found that talking through these issues with an experienced and empathic counsellor, has been a very positive and helpful experience.


My location

I am currently offering Online counselling via Zoom or Telephone

I see clients clients during the day, some evenings and occasional weekends.

When the Covid-19 situation stabilises , I intend to resume face to face client work. I will however, still be offering Online Counselling.

My private practice is in Northwood, Middlesex HA6 This is easily accessible and located near Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Watford, Bushey, Stanmore and Harrow.

Fees & availability

  • Counselling & Psychotherapy: £60 for 1 hr
  • Supervision for Therapists: £75 for 1.5 hrs
  • Couple Counselling £90 per 1.5 hrs

Please contact me, free of charge for information on how counselling may be of help to you.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.


You can also call me on 07957224635 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.


All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.


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