Who I am
My personal experience and the work I’ve done with past and present clients enables me to bring a distinctive awareness to my work, both in my counselling and my training: I combine an insightful and intuitive approach with a close attention to detail. This allows me to tailor each approach to best resonate with each individual client.
I have a Bachelors of Science with Honours in Integrative Counselling, from the University of Roehampton.
I also have a nationally recognised teaching qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector PTLLS Level 4).
As an Integrative counsellor who works with adults and children, I work to an ethical code of practice with:
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am senior accredited with them as a MBACP independent counsellor/psychotherapist; significantly for children and young people. You can find my entry on the BACP register if you click here: B.A.C.P Register
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Please click here to see my UKCP profile: UKCP profile
Is for me a very important quality to apply to my counselling practice, in enabling a client to be heard and to feel safe as well as contained. If the client does not feel that the practitioner is genuine with them they may find it hard to have a genuine relationship with the self or others - in how they perceive themselves, hear themselves and address themselves, in a social or work context.
Every person will be treated in a fair and unbiased way.
Every person will be valued equally, regardless of race or gender.
All people will be treated respectfully, professionally, ethically and with an empathic understanding of every client's neurodiverse/disability needs.
As a Place2be volunteer, I was required to undertake a full CRB check, attend training by way of comprehensive workshops and to be mindful of Child Protection safeguarding policies and procedures. I worked for 14 months on a voluntary basis as a counsellor for The Place2be, which is a charitable organisation that provides counselling to children in schools.
Mentoring and Workshops
I work with adults, adolescents and children, (I have an up to date DBS) On an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, addressing Various difficulties, with the aim of enabling progress to work towards desired goals, Through face to face, telephone or online counselling. have experience of running a peer supervision group, as well as offering individual supervision and consultations on Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
I offer mentoring to families and children who have ASD or other difficulties associated with autism. This can be for a block period of time, such as a four hour slot. I can offer practical support in these sessions, such as recommendations of people and organisations they can contact, different forms of needs assessments, and up to date information on how the autism act is looked at on a local level (how local authorities are guided by the autism strategies of the autism act). As with my other counselling services, I can also give coping strategies and help to manage the condition. Please contact me for further details.
Additionally, I provide workshops and training to ‘service’ providers such as social workers and NHS professionals (see testimonial below), as well as people who have ASD and/or associated difficulties, and carers of people who have ASD and/or associated difficulties.
"As part of our staff development programme Putneymead Group Medical Practice invited Mr Leslie Stanberry to give a presentation to the reception team to help them have a better understanding of the needs of our patients diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
The session was pitched at just the right level for the audience and everything explained clearly and with passion by Leslie. He was able to get the receptionists to spend a moment in time in the shoes of a patient with Aspergers which I believe was something of a real eye opener for most.
I feel the training was a great success and has helped the team to provide a better level of patient customer service generally as well as with the patients with specific conditions."
- Doug Kershaw, Operations Manager of Putneymead Group Medical Practice.
"Leslie led a very special workshop at the London Therapy Foundation (5 Dee Road , Richmond) on Saturday the 8th March. I learnt a great deal, and the whole day was a great pleasure.
Those who attended the workshop, came from a variety of different professional backgrounds, and yet Leslie ran the day in such a way that he was able to help everyone fit in, join in and to find answers to their questions as they came up.
I would really recommend Leslie's workshop as a valuable source of information, and an enlightening experience for all those who would learn more about the complex world of the Autistic Spectrum."
- Tony Novissimo, Director of the London Therapy Foundation.
For more information on my training services, please click here:
The National Autistic Society Services Directory
Areas of Expertise
Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
I specialise in counselling adults and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I can help clients develop coping strategies, by recognising the trigger points of becoming overwhelmed, and helping to address related difficulties. Through this approach I can also help develop social awareness skills, and address prior trauma whether related to the ASD in question or not.
Apart from the skills I am able to employ as an experienced, highly accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor, my areas of expertise are in identifying the skills and attributes of ASDs, whilst working with, acknowledging and helping to manage the challenges for people with ASDs.
I can work with Children and Adults, and have found my work to be particularly helpful for Adolescents going through the transition from childhood to adulthood.
I can also work with related difficulties such as other Spectrum Disorders. For instance: Dyslexia/Dyspraxia, Irlen syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Additionally I also run workshops on ASD for service providers, carers of and those who have ASD. I am a recommended counsellor and trainer with The National Autistic Society. You can find my National Autistic Society profile if you click here: The National Autistic Society Services Directory
I also offer supervision, mentoring and consultations on ASD.
I have personal experience with ASDs, it has helped me develop an intuitive way of addressing and hearing my clients in the present. It has greatly helped inform my practice as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. I currently practice from the Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre which is run by the National Autistic Society.
Because of my own educational and personal experience with those who have ASDs, I can offer a certain affinity which other counsellors may not be able to provide. This facilitates a greater depth of understanding in how I am able to help those clients, with ASDs, other spectrum disorders and associated difficulties with how they interact with the world around them.