Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website.
My name is Ainara Leunda and I am a BACP accredited therapist providing Counselling, Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, and Supervision in Romford and Online
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues at home/in the workplace, or simply feel like something is missing in your life? Do you feel like you aren’t at peace? If so, I am here to help you live a more harmonious and fulfilling life through personalised counselling, psychotherapy, and life coaching in Romford and online. I understand that reaching out for help is hard, but taking that first step is the most important part of making meaningful change.
My approach is always adapted to your needs. I use a range of therapeutic techniques, from psychotherapy to Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to Emotional freedom techniques (EFT), depending on what best suits you. I also offer a clinical supervision service to individuals in my profession. For more information, or to book an appointment, feel free to get in touch.
You are given a safe, non-judgemental, strictly confidential space to explore issues that are causing you distress. It may be that you can’t talk to friends or family about certain problems, and my practice is a place where you are free to bring difficult feelings out into the open and come to terms with that’s going on with you.
EFT, also known as ‘Tapping’, is all about realigning the body, mind, and spirit in order to release negative emotions and the tension you hold inside yourself. Certain unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour can become ingrained in our mind and body, so the aim of EFT is to release them from your energy system by tapping acupressure points while focusing on the problem. Working in this way allows us to identify the emotional block that lies behind your issue and move on from whatever might be holding you back.
The most important part of coaching is the relationship between coach and client. We will build a bond based on empathy, commitment, and action, with me empowering you to make decisions about your life and take control of your own wellness. I am not here to tell you what to do: my role is to be your specialist source of support who guides you on your journey to becoming a more complete, fulfilled version of yourself. We can use a variety of techniques to help you on this path, such as EFT and NLP.
Along with providing counselling and life coaching that helps you navigate the problems affecting you in the here and now, I also offer psychotherapy that looks at the root causes behind more complex issues like anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and so on. Together, and in a way that is comfortable for you, we will engage with difficult emotions and thoughts in order to understand where they come from, what their triggers are, and how to move past them.
I am qualified to work with both new and seasoned counsellors and psychotherapists as a clinical supervisor, working with individual practitioners to help them refine the services they provide for their clients. My role is to support you in understanding what you bring to the therapeutic space and offer interventions that you haven’t considered. Supervision is the space where we as therapists come to rest, restore, get support, and grow. I will work around your schedule and the extent to which you need supervision.
Pricing and Session Length
Counselling and Psychotherapy
£60 (50 minutes)
£50 (60 minutes)
£70 (90 minutes)
Sessions can be billed directly to your private medical insurance provider. I work with most insurance companies including; AXA Health, AVIVA, Healix, Aetna and Vitality.
I offer a free 15-minute consultation over the phone before you decide to book a session. This gives you a chance to ask any questions you might have and get a feel for how I work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, and life coach in Romford and online before moving forward. You don’t have to say anything about your issues at this stage if you don’t want to. We may start off by working on a weekly basis, and then perhaps meet fortnightly or monthly according to your needs.
Areas I Help With
You might feel constantly low, unmotivated, or even numb to everything. If you are feeling this way, I understand that you might feel like your situation won’t improve – that your situation is hopeless. Working through depression isn’t easy, and takes time, but I am here to help you every step of the way. We will look at the thoughts that reinforce your depressive state and learn where they stem from, which in turn allows us to visualise a better path going forward.
Anxiety comes in different ways. Perhaps you feel constantly overwhelmed, catastrophise, experience panic attacks, struggle with phobias, or live with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I know how hard it is to live with that constant sense of unease, and we will look to engage with these anxiety triggers and, through a variety of techniques, come up with a personalised way to keep them under control in the future.
I work with relationship issues of all kinds, giving you the space to better understand the patterns that have developed between you and someone else. By looking at your past, we can make sense of how certain experiences inform how you behave in the present moment with other people, be it family members, friends, or your significant other. We will identify how the same problems in old relationships are repeated in new ones, providing the specialist tools you need to break the cycle.
Low self-esteem is something I work with frequently as a counsellor, psychotherapist, and life coach. You might feel like you are never good enough, and that your worth depends on your relationships with other people and what they think of you. Thinking in this way will mean you always feel inadequate, so our work together will be on bringing the focus back to yourself and your own intrinsic value as a human being. Together we will help you feel empowered once again.
I have experience in working with people encountering a variety of workplace issues. This could involve problems with fellow employees, burnout, and stress. Perhaps you are struggling with the challenges of returning to the office after the pandemic, or maybe you are someone experiencing the difficulties associated with permanently working from home. Whatever your issue may be, my practice is a safe space to talk them through.
My work often involves supporting those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I create a warm, safe environment for us to process what’s happened to you and unhook the trauma from your body through using established therapeutic techniques – particularly EFT, which allows us to get to the root of the problem and reduce the role it plays in your everyday thinking, emotions, and behaviour.
My journey as a counsellor, psychotherapist, and life coach began over 20 years ago, when my life was chaotic and unhappy to say the least. Since then, I have been passionate about upgrading my knowledge and skills to ensure I give the best possible help to my clients, training in a variety of therapeutic approaches that work at a physical, mental, emotional, and energetic level. I always take a holistic approach to therapy, looking at all aspects of a client’s life, and tailor my approach to their specific needs.
I offer both short and long-term counselling, therapy, and life coaching – both in person, over the telephone, and online over Zoom. This is your time to feel supported and facilitate positive change in your life. My practice room in Romford is a cosy, welcoming space with plenty of privacy, and can be accessed from areas such as Hornchurch, Chadwell Heath, and Gidea Park.
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
Conscious Relationships Certificate
EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
TFT Practitioner (Thought Field Therapy)
Psy-Tap Practitioner (Psychosensory Techniques)
NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Master Coach Accreditation
Personal Performance Coaching
Supervision Diploma, CPCAB Level 5
Absolutely. This is your space to speak freely about your issues without fear of judgement or repercussions. The only person I discuss my work with is my clinical supervisor, but client’s personal details are kept anonymous. There are some occasions when I may need to break confidentiality but these are very rare and I will always try to discuss it with you before sharing any information with anyone else. I abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework and you can find more information about the confidentiality policy by clicking here.
Generally, I am able to see new clients within a week or two of them getting in touch with me to arrange an initial session.
Therapy is suitable for anyone facing a range of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship issues, bereavement, or any other problem – both recurring and one off. Even if you are simply feeling out of sorts and can’t pinpoint any specific problem, coming to therapy can help you explore your situation and achieve a sense of clarity.
Usually, I will see clients once a week, as this allows us to develop a strong therapeutic relationship. If more support is needed, I can offer two sessions a week, while others may feel like speaking to me on a fortnightly basis is enough.
Yes. If you feel more comfortable having someone you trust beside you until you feel safe to attend on your own, that is absolutely fine by me.
You can pay by cash, PayPal, most private medical insurance or bank transfer. If you cannot attend a session, I will need 24 hours’ notice, otherwise you will have to pay the full fee as I cannot offer that time slot to anyone else.
My practice is a safe, confidential place for you to receive the personalised help you need. If you have any questions about my counselling, psychotherapy, life coaching, and supervision in Romford or online, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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