As a Clinical Psychologist I aim to support people to improve their overall well being and quality of life when they are facing physical or emotional challenges. I will talk with you about the current difficulties you are facing in your life and we will work together to understand these difficulties. We will then explore practical and psychological coping strategies so that these challenges begin to feel more manageable for you.
I can give advice about the kinds of coping strategies that have been effective for managing distress in others. However, you and I will work together to find techniques best suited to your individual needs. Such strategies may include relaxation and mindfulness exercises and other techniques that help people to notice and respond to unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. My therapy sessions are informed by the the well evidenced frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Talking therapy sessions are usually an hour in length and you can choose whether to attend alone or with a partner or family member. The session will provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to speak openly about your concerns. There is no rule about how many sessions people should attend for therapy to be helpful, as everyone has different concerns and reasons for seeking support. However, on average I see people for between 6 and 12 weekly or fortnightly appointments.
Low Mood / Depression
Adjustment to Long-Term Health Conditions (e.g. Cancer / Diabetes / Chronic Pain / Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia / IBS / Kidney Failure)
Existential Distress / Death & End of Life Concerns
The first appointment will typically last for around an hour. In this session you will have chance to explain your current concerns and I will ask you some questions to build up a more detailed picture of the challenges you are facing. You will not be expected to discuss anything that you do not wish to but sharing as much as you feel comfortable will help me to gain a fuller understanding of your concerns.
At the end of the session you and I will jointly decide whether to meet again, how frequently and on what concerns to focus our attention. I will only suggest that we meet again if I feel able to help you with your specific difficulties. If I feel your needs might be better supported elsewhere we will talk about alternative sources of support.
*Price may vary if paying through private healthcare insurance.
Clarendon House, 42 Clarence St, Cheltenham, GL50 3PL
Contact me using the form or details below to check my availability and to book your appointment.
After you have booked an appointment you can pay by cash (at the start of our appointment) or card (minimum 48 hours before our appointment).
> 48 hours notice
You will be sent a full refund of any prior card payment.
< 48 hours notice
You will be sent a 50% refund of any prior card payment. If paying by cash the 50% cancellation charge will be taken by card over the phone or by bank transfer.
If I have to cancel your appointment for any unforeseeable reason you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. Please note that any refund given can take up to 10 working days to show in your bank account.
Dr Leah Callebaut
Tel: 07849 491 223
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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