Practitioners & Teachers
Leigh places a strong emphasis on the importance of building safe and trusting therapeutic relationships with the people she works with and is experienced at developing relationships with those who struggle to trust others. Within therapy with Leigh, people are likely to experience a genuine sense of being cared for and ‘held’, along with gentle encouragement to recognise unhelpful patterns and work to change them.
Leigh’s primary approach is Schema Therapy. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (E.M.D.R) and draws on ideas and techniques from modalities such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (D.B.T.) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (C.F.T.) according to the needs of the person.
Earlier in her career, Leigh spent ten years working as a mental health occupational therapist which provided her with a special insight into the relationship between mental health and day-to-day functioning; she continues to draw on this to enable people to improve their quality of life.
Training, qualifications and experience
2012 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
1999 BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (First Class), York St John University
1995 BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Upper Second), Liverpool John Moores University
Leigh has also undertaken substantial post-qualification training, including training in individual and group schema therapy, DBT and EMDR. She has worked in various roles in health and social care settings since 1995, thus gaining experience of working with adults with a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties.
Leigh is registered with the Health Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist.
Leigh runs a face-to-face clinic at Miller’s Yard on Thursdays. If you are interested in working with her, please contact Leigh directly by phoning her on 07968 111301 or emailing her at [email protected]