About meI trained as a counsellor later on in my working life because I felt that I could finally devote my time to a profession I had always felt passionate about. I knew I could draw on the vast warehouse of experiences I had gained from my own life and from which I had learned positive and valuable lessons - divorce, single parenthood, abuse, bullying and other episodes in my life, both good and bad. I felt my experiences could only benefit my work with clients who had had similar experiences in their lives by enabling me to walk in their shoes.
After completing my three year Counselling Diploma course, I went on to study for a further year, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Counselling.
I worked for two and a half years in a busy general practice in Lincolnshire, as well as my own private practice. Since moving to Scotland in 2004, I worked in the inner city areas with clients in need as well as continuing in private practice.
My main approach to counselling is Person Centred which is a very gentle but extremely effective form of counselling aimed at helping the clients take control of their lives in a way that works for them, driven by them.
Occasionally I have had clients who have found verbal expression impossible, or very difficult, following severe trauma in early life. As a result I have introduced art therapy, both drawing/painting and writing and have had particular success in helping them unlock portions of their lives so that we can then work together on their past issues.
Because I recognise how enlightening art therapy has been to my clients, I am planning, in the near future, to run small workshops to enable people to find their own medium for expressing those unspoken feelings and thoughts, or even just to enjoy the process.
Lesley Brammar, Adv.Dip.Couns., Mbacp(Reg)I am a fully qualified counsellor and as a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere closely to their ethical framework for good practice.
As a Registered Member, I have had to demonstrate that I meet the strict criteria required by the Professional Standards Authority.
Where do we meet?I live in a very peaceful, beautiful and accessible part of the countryside, ten to fifteen minutes drive from Westhill and my clients find the environment itself very therapeutic - they tell me the drive to and from their sessions is calming and gives them time to think.
However, I can offer both telephone and online counselling if it is difficult for you to get out due to a disability, no access to child care, if you live a distance away or if the weather deteriorates, there is no need to miss an appointment if you don't want to.