“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves” - Dalai Lama
Experienced. Certified. Supportive.
Leyna has extensive experience in working with those impacted by trauma, having worked in the field of Mental Health, Addiction, Family Violence and Sexual Violence over the past 10 years. She is a trauma informed therapist who is committed to ongoing learning and development.
Leyna has a Degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, she studied and worked in the UK before migrating to Australia in 2012, after which time she has continued to work in the community sector as a Counsellor and Therapeutic Worker.
In addition to working in private practice, Leyna continues to work in the Community Sector, supporting people who are impacted by Family/Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. She has a strong desire to support people within the community and feels passionate about her role, which she considers involves raising awareness and educating the wider community.
Special Interest In
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Work Related Issues
General life challenges
Leyna welcomes people from all backgrounds, culture, gender, sexuality, age and ability.
She values each individual’s uniqueness and is experienced in supporting people presenting with varied needs and life experiences
Leyna’s intention as a therapist is to provide a safe and honest environment where clients can explore their feelings and experiences and gain a greater insight and appreciation of self. Her background and training is within humanistic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, adopting the core principles of the Person-Centred approach. She works with clients to establish helpful and meaningful ways to grow, which can include mindfulness practices, creative work, including writing and other explorational work.
What is humanistic counselling & psychotherapy?
Humanistic Therapy supports the concept that each individual has the capacity for growth, given the right conditions. Much like a plant, given the right amount of water and sunlight it will grow in its own way.
The Therapeutic relationship is one of mutuality, which fosters acceptance, empathy, transparency, positive-regard, trust and authenticity. It is when the client perceives these conditions that the therapeutic process begins to unfold.
Humanistic philosophy considers the client as the expert of their own world, with the ability for self-actualisation. This is achieved in therapy through a delicate process of exploration.
How can this help?
Through this relational experience, there is an opportunity to gain a deeper more honest relationship with self. The nature of this therapeutic relationship provides challenges that bring up emotions, beliefs and behavioural patterns; some of which can be connected to past experiences, or our conditioning. Allowing space for this to emerge provides an opportunity for exploration at a more conscious level. Through conscious connection with the self, we can begin to develop deep self-awareness and learn more about who we truly are; and how our view of the self influences the way we view others and our world.
Face to face counselling in Fitzroy North
Phone & Skype sessions also available at a range of time
Leyna believes that every individual has within them the power and knowledge, necessary for growth and her intention is to work collaboratively with you to establish ways of achieving this through therapy
Discounted fees available for Seniors, Students & Concession Card Holders.
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