Leigh Best, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Leigh Best

Liverpool L12 English
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Leigh Best, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Leigh Best

Liverpool L12 English
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My Approach

I am an Integrative therapist, who prefers to use a supportive and strengths-based approach to therapy. I have in depth experience of working with a wide range of clients, both adults and children, in both the voluntary, public, and private sector. I believe that the therapeutic safe space is a unique opportunity for my clients to be fully heard and understood, to learn about themselves. to heal, and grow. You are the expert on you, so we will work in a collaborative way together . I may suggest interventions, but you are in the driving seat , and you decide if you want to use them.

I use a wide range of interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Journaling, and Creative ideas underpinned by both Person-Centred Approaches and Positive Psychology to work towards a happier, meaningful, more authentic life, where I hope that my clients can truly accept and celebrate who they are and have the self awareness and tools to overcome any of life's challenges or difficult experiences. I enjoy using Psycho Education and my clients seem to find these sessions useful. I work always within professional and ethical guidelines. You will not be judged, and I will support you throughout our relationship, and with any specific goals of therapy that you may have.

About Me

I am a warm and friendly therapist who retrained after working in both the public sector, and the corporate world and bringing my 6 children up. I am an Accredited Clinical Psychotherapist (UKCP), a Registered Counsellor (BACP), Clinical Counselling Supervisor, and retired Counselling Lecturer with many years of experience of working with children, families and adults. I also work as an Executive Well Being Coach, to support my clients presenting with any issues including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Stress, Family Issues, Bereavement, Loss, Attachment Issues and Body Confidence and Low Self-Esteem I volunteer as the Clinical Lead of a Social Enterprise called Talking Eating Disorders (tedsuk.com) supporting any sufferer affected by an eating disorder, and their family, and trained in The Maudsley Method at both at Kings College Hospital, London and with B-EAT (UK’s largest charity for eating disorders) as part of my voluntary work in Eating Disorders. I founded a Counselling Company in 2021 called Positive Minds supporting parents of children with special educational needs. (WWW.POSITIVE-MINDS.ORG). I became Accredited with UKCP in 2018. I am a long term Foster Carer, and I am proud to have been nominated for Merseyside Woman of the Year in 2012 for the Social Impact Category, and a "Listen To Me " Award in 2016 from Wirral Social Services for my work as a Foster Carer. I love reading, and learning, and in 2020 I was one of only 13 graduates who completed the first Masters of Science from Liverpool John Moore's University in Positive Psychology and Well Being. My family is full of messy, creative people. I love live music, theatre, and the arts , and My Dad was a Liverpool Comedian leaving me with the gift of understanding the importance of a good belly laugh!

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I am a therapeutic provider for an Adoption Agency in Liverpool, and as a long term Foster Carer myself, have an understanding of many of the complex personal issues that can arise in a family .
I founded a Community Interest Company in 2000 , TEDSUK which continues to support any family affected by an Eating Disorder. We support the individual, and their family members and friends. We offer on going support, training and psycho education, as well as offer programmes in schools that aim to educate and prevent the development of eating disorders. We deliver specialist training to organisations, and raise awareness by organising Health Conferences.
I founded a Counselling Company in 2021 called Positive Minds . WWW.POSITIVE-MINDS.ORG This was to support parents whose children have special educational needs. We offer a strength based approach to counselling underpinned by Positive Psychology.
I have been a Clinical Supervisor since 2015, and I enjoy this aspect of my work tremendously . I enjoy encouraging and supporting other therapists to develop ther own practise and grow professionally.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Hypno -Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

Liverpool Office

8 Haymans Green
West Derby
1 Grant Street
Liverpool L12 7JG
United Kingdom

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UKCP College

  • College of Outcome Oriented and Hypno-Psychotherapies (COOHP)
Leigh Best

Leigh Best

Liverpool L12

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