Babs Lehner-Platts

 We all can find meaning and happiness within our limitations 

My Philosophy

Everyone has a unique experience of life and my aim is to help people overcome emotional difficulties, to encourage them to see things from a new perspective and to become aware of the choices they have in order to lead a more fulfilling life.   I believe that:
  • we are shaped by our past and environment; 
  • we have freedom of choice; 
  • we are responsible for our own lives; 
  • given the right support we can find meaning and happiness within our limitations.

How I Work

I will provide you with a friendly, safe space to talk about anything you want. I will listen, respect your needs and respond in a way that acknowledges your feelings to help you explore options and alternatives. You will not be judged, analysed or told what to do and we will work out together how to move forward in a way suitable for you – one step at a time. Our therapeutic relationship will be based on honesty, acceptance and understanding. I enjoy working in an interactive, sometimes if needed, motivational way. 

I combine various aspects of therapeutic models (Existential, Transactional Analysis, Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to provide a unique approach that is tailored to meet each client's needs. Other techniques I may use are:

solution focusing ♦ goal setting ♦ stress management 
relaxation techniques  
life coaching  ♦  mindfulness

I believe that using a flexible, integrative approach and without trying to fit you into any specific category, I can help you to change your life for the better and help you grow throughout therapy and beyond.

Personal and Professional Development

My life has been an exciting journey on many different paths to find my soul’s calling. I discovered Fitness & Yoga and began to explore a more spiritual aspect of life. In my role of Lifestyle Advisor and Yoga Teacher in a rehabilitation clinic, I began to work with people suffering from various addictions.

There, I gradually developed a more therapeutic approach to my teaching, which eventually included experiential groups, expressive dance, mind-body work as well as other forms of therapy. I realised that I wanted to train professionally in the psychotherapeutic field and became a counsellor. It has been a challenging journey, but one that I feel very privileged to do. Apart from offering general counselling, I also integrate my knowledge of body work, spirituality and mindfulness into a more holistic therapy if the client wants to explore this aspect of life.

Qualifications and Experience

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • .b Mindfulness in Schools Project
  • MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
  • TA 101 – Institute of Transactional Analysis 
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 
  • Certificate in Further and Higher Education – University of Surrey
In addition to my private counselling practice, I also worked for Life Story Reading, SADAS (Southern Addictions Advisory Service) in Guildford, Triage, EAP (Employee Assisted Program) at British Aerospace, Farnborough and Army Welfare, Aldershot. I also run workshops and retreats for self-awareness, mindfulness, stress management, Yoga and meditation.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Child Sexual Abuse (Carolyn Spring)
  • Trauma & Dissociative Identity Disorder (Carolyn Spring)
  • Attachment Theorie (Sir Richard Bowlby)
  • CBT Boot Camp (Dr.Christine Padesky)
  • Working with Depression
  • Mindfulness in Schools with Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Learning Difficulties and Autism
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leadership
  • Stress Competencies & Strategy for Management
  • Resilience at Work
  • Approaches to Addiction Therapy with Jon Lavender
  • Anxiety & Stress Management
  • Working with LGB&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bi- & Transgender) clients
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Loss & Bereavement
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness 
  • Mindfulness Meditation 
  • Yoga Therapy for Addictions 
  • Difference and Diversity 
  • Mind-Body Work
  • Student Mentoring
  • Conversations with the Body

 Babs Lehner-Platts

Mobile: 07749-342040