Leigh Manning Psychotherapy
The Lace House, 32A Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LL, UK.
About Leigh Manning Psychotherapy
I am a fully qualified, BACP registered (MBACP) person-centered and experiential psychotherapist, educated to MA level. I offer face-to-face, online, or telephone, individual (one-to-one) therapy for a range of issues including abandonment, anxiety, bereavement, complex trauma, depression, PTSD, victims/perpetrators of abuse, etc. This list is not exhaustive and merely provides an overview of my services. Length of therapy differs according to the nature of the difficulties addressed. I thus offer short, mid, and long-term psychotherapy to suit client need. Sessions are 50 minutes in length and typically take place once a week. Sessions at a frequency of twice per week are also offered if needed.
As a person-centred psychotherapist I believe that our deepest yearnings are to grow and to form nurturing relationships. However, life is hard, and these natural tendencies can become compromised or inhibited through difficult experiences. We can even lose sight of them altogether. When this happens we often feel stuck. At worst, we can arrive at a profound sense of estrangement from ourselves.
All human life takes place in the context of relationships. Thus, as we can lose ourselves through problematic or even toxic relationships, so we can find ourselves again through more accepting and nurturing ones. It has been my experience that the therapeutic relationship can facilitate lasting change and growth. It does so by offering a client certain conditions – empathy, acceptance, and genuineness. Person-centred practitioners regard these conditions as essential to therapy, as it is through them that the client begins to feel safe enough to explore difficult thoughts, feelings and memories that may hitherto have been denied or suppressed.
As things currently stand in the UK and elsewhere, clients seeking help from a GP or Psychiatrist for mental health difficulties are likely to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder. I have worked with clients with an array of clinical diagnoses, including Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Such terms mean different things to different clients. It is my own view that these labels denote highly complex and practiced ways of relating to the self and others – ways of being that are always, on some level, rooted in the perceived need to defend or protect the self. Thus, when I embark on a relationship with a client, I try to encounter the person, rather than any diagnoses they may have acquired.