21st February 2017 

Psychotherapy and Counselling in central Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with Dr Lesley McGown

Lesley McGown DPsych MSc(Psych) UKCP registered Relational Integrative Psychotherapist


I am a highly qualified, experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist based in central Cheltenham where I offer psychotherapy or counselling to both individuals and couples. I have a particular expertise in the field of complex trauma and dissociative disorders and alongside my Independent Practice, I also work as a Consultant Psychotherapist with the London based Clinic for Dissociative Studies.

What sort of problems might therapy help me with?

People come to psychotherapy or counselling when they are struggling with emotional problems. Sometimes they have tried to talk to friends or family about what is wrong, but nothing seems to change; alternatively they have found it hard to express what is troubling them and feel alone and stuck. Over the years I have helped people with problems such as:

  • feeling stressed and anxious
  • low self confidence or self-esteem
  • feeling depressed, sad or empty
  • difficulties in sustaining intimate, meaningful relationships
  • loss such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy or sense of identity
  • traumatic experiences, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • work difficulties such as career uncertainties and change
  • feeling lost: lacking a sense of direction or purpose in life
  • coming to terms with gay, lesbian or bi-sexual issues
  • family conflicts

    Some people also come for ongoing personal development.

    On the following pages you will find information about the nature of psychotherapy and counselling and some of their differences; my approach and the process of change; working with trauma; training and clinical experience; and practical matters. You are very welcome to contact me by email to explore the possibility of an initial consultation. We can then arrange a mutually convenient time to speak briefly on the telephone . If you would also like to leave a message on my answerphone, please feel free to do so. All communications are treated in confidence and I endeavour to respond to all enquiries promptly. If you do not receive a reply within two working days, please assume that I am away and will thus contact you on my return.

    Supervision or Clinical Consultation

    If you are a therapist-in-training or a qualified practitioner and you are looking for a clinical supervisor in central Cheltenham, please contact me and I would be very happy to discuss possibilities. I offer supervision or clinical consultation to trainees and qualified practitioners across a range of professional disciplines. For more information please go to Supervision/Clinical Consultation


    My Practice, based in St Luke’s, is within short walking distance of the main shopping centre in Cheltenham and within easy reach of Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester. Bristol is about a 50 minute drive. Car parking is available within a few minutes' walk.

    Phone: (01242) 572801
    Email: lesleymcgown@blueyonder.co.uk