Barbara Leon is an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist whose private practice is based in central Brighton. She was trained and subsequently employed for nine years by Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor. This increased her interest in working within a culturally diverse environment of ethnicity, sexual orientation and the emotional issues pertinent to every age range.
She has worked at an NHS GP surgery in Acton, London. Additionally she was employed as senior counsellor and supervisor at an alcohol agency. Here she worked with individuals, couples and facilitated groups for those who were alcohol dependent, their spouses and families.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy helps people understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems. In this way symptoms can be reduced and distress alleviated.
It is a means by which patients understand and can resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential setting allowing unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world to become reflected in his or her relationship with the therapist (transference).
This process helps patients gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at WPF / Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling - four years training
Intake and Assessments Counsellor WPF
Advanced Psychodynamic Counsellor WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) - three years training
Senior Alcohol Counsellor HAGAM (Hillingdon Action Group on Alcohol Counselling)
Member FPC (Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling)
Registered BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council)
Registered UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
Brighton and Hove