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Effective psychological therapy

Leathes Psychology offers psychological assessment and therapy to adults and young people suffering from a variety of psychological difficulties.

Our highly-qualified, friendly team of psychologists provide evidence-based therapy in a private, confidential and local practice in Caversham, North Reading.

 

Contact us confidentially today for an informal chat or to book an appointment.

Dr Femke Leathes

Founder & Director

What we can treat

Anxiety, panic & stress

Anxiety disorders are increasingly common. Many people ‘suffer in silence’, not recognising that what they are feeling is anxiety – they just feel very ‘on edge’ and overwhelmed. Talking therapies are an effective way of bringing calm and a sense of coping back into your life.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many people use the word ‘OCD’ without really understanding what it means. It’s not a general preference for order in life, it’s an all-consuming, often paralysing intense fear that takes us over. Fortunately, there is very good evidence it can be overcome with psychological therapy.

Depression

1 in 5 of us will suffer from depression at some point.  It’s not a choice, nor is it a sign of weakness. And it can’t be ‘gotten over’ by ‘putting on a brave face and carrying on’. It can be hard to ask for help, but doing so is a major step towards overcoming that pervasive sadness and hopelessness; to finding personal meaning and purpose in our lives.

Low self-esteem

With it’s roots often in early-life, or later on from a damaging personal relationship, self-esteem affects everything we do. If we believe we’re not as good as others, it stops us from realising our full potential, and can keep us alone.  We are all ‘good enough’, but some of us need help to know & feel that, and to go about our lives accordingly.

Personality difficulties

None of us have a ‘disordered personality’, but some of us, for several important & valid reasons, experience intense emotions that make going about adult life very hard at times. Schema therapy can help bring about healing & change, & a new way to go forward with your life.

Body image, eating & weight difficulties

“It’s not what you look like it’s who you are that counts” – if only.  We live in our bodies, we interact with the world through our bodies.  How we view and care for our bodies is intimately related to how we view and care for ourselves.  We help our clients bring both together for change that is meaningful for the whole of themselves.

Meet the team

Leathes Psychology is a team of  experienced therapists, each with their own specialities and focuses, helping us meet the needs of a wide range of clients.

Why choose Leathes Psychology?

Choice

We have several different highly qualified therapists offering psychological help using varying methods.

 

Some will be more suited to certain people and particular types of difficulties than others.

We view each client as an individual - few people in the real world fit into neat diagnostic boxes. We are trained to work eclectically across a number of approaches, tailoring a bespoke therapy to meet individual needs.

Quality training

All our clinical and counselling psychologists have an undergraduate degree in psychology, or combined honours or conversion diploma (all must be accredited by the British Psychological Society), followed by a three year postgraduate Doctorate. 

Doctoral training comprises several intensive placements in different specialities, many of which are within the NHS, ensuring a wide breadth of experience as well as more specialist training closer to qualification.

Flexibility

While the services of psychologists are offered by many NHS Trusts, there is a recognised shortage. If you are seeking assessment and/or treatment you should contact your GP in the first instance. He/she should be able to let you know what services are available locally, and how long any waiting lists may be. 

Following such enquiries, and in some instances following initial treatment, some people decide to self-refer to a private clinical or counselling psychologist who may be able to see them sooner, offer different treatments and/or offer more sessions than might be available with the NHS.

Evidence-based therapy

All our clinical and counselling psychologists have an undergraduate degree in psychology, or combined honours or conversion diploma (all must be accredited by the British Psychological Society), followed by a minimum of three years postgraduate training, in most cases a Doctorate.

 

Doctoral training comprises several intensive placements in different specialities, many of which are within the NHS, ensuring a wide breadth of experience as well as more specialist training closer to qualification.