Dr Stephanie Leyland
I am a counselling psychologist, what does this mean?
A counselling psychologist works with people to help them understand themselves and any difficulties that they may be struggling with, in order to improve their emotional well-being and resilience.
In order to be a counselling psychologist I have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, followed by a counselling qualification and then a practitioner doctorate in counselling psychology. Throughout my doctoral training I have completed various different work-based placements to gain a wealth of therapeutic experience. These have included an adult community mental health, as well as a physical health and chronic pain setting. Followed by a school-based counselling service and a bereavement service which offers creative and experiential interventions to children and adolescents.
Where have I worked previously?
My first job involved working within a private organisation offering group and individual therapy to adults, adolescents and children. I then went on to work as part of a specialist adolescent inpatient and daycare eating disorder unit. Following this I then worked within children’s residential homes offering support to children who no longer live with their family. Finally I then worked as part of a community child & adolescent mental health service, working with a range of presenting difficulties including the perinatal and youth offending service.
Do I have a favourite book?
My favourite book would have to be The Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman. I can’t wait for the companion trilogy, The Book of Dust!
What is my favourite season?
I always struggle to choose my favourite season… If I had to pick, it would be Autumn or Spring as I love nature and the changes that take place in the trees and the different coloured leaves.
But I also love snowboarding and so love Winter, especially the snow! I lived in Canada for a year in between my training and loved living in the mountains and seeing the Bears!