In Leyla’s words:
I am a qualified counsellor at Post-Graduate level and have been working with vulnerable young people and women who have experienced sexual violence or other harmful practices such as female genital mutilation for the past 10 years.
I work from a Person-Centred and Existential orientation and offer general counselling services to all ages. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework and am a member of BACP. I am a full member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am working towards accreditation with BACP.
I offer a confidential one-2-one counselling session that lasts for 50 min and we would usually meet once a week at my practice based in East London. I also offer sessions over Skype
As you share your experiences and any issues that may be preventing you from moving forward, I will listen with openness, acceptance and a non-judgemental attitude. Hopefully we can explore your experiences so you can begin to understand and gain new insight into yourself. If there are any difficult feelings to encounter we can meet them in a safe and well managed space, without it becoming overwhelming. In approaching your inner world in this way we can create the space for new positive feelings and choices to emerge.For many people, simply having the safe space to communicate difficult experiences and being listened to in privacy and confidentiality can be deeply healing in and of itself.
All sessions are held in the strictest confidentiality, with none of your personal information being divulged to any third party. I respect your privacy and abide by the BACP code of ethics.
I've never asked for help until now, didn't realise FGM effected me so much ,now I have a better understanding of what counselling is.
For years I felt lost and in a very dark place, I didn't realise the sexual violence I've endured as a child could control my adult life.
Talking about dark thoughts without being judged and in a safe environment could help ease my anxiety.
Therapy isn't an easy process and still struggle at times but I'm glad I've taken this step to heal me and the environment I live in.
A civil war, FGM and domestic violence have shattered my existence, I'm 45 and only last year I've decided to get help and it's has been the best decision I've ever made, not easy at times but it's an investment for my future.