Dr Lesley McGown Psychotherapy, Counselling & Supervision in Cheltenham

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

A very experienced UKCP registered relational psychotherapist based in central Cheltenham, offering psychotherapy or counselling to adult individuals and couples.

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

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


I am an experienced UKCP registered relational psychotherapist based in central Cheltenham where I offer psychotherapy or counselling to adult individuals and couples. I have a particular expertise in the field of complex trauma and am able to offer specialist treatment to people with dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Alongside my Independent Practice, I also work as a Consultant Psychotherapist with the London based Clinic for Dissociative Studies.

What kind of problems can therapy help with?

People come to psychotherapy or counselling when they are struggling with emotional problems. Avenues for trying to understand themselves have stalled; they may have tried to talk to friends or family about what is wrong, but nothing seems to have changed. Alternatively, they have found it hard to express what is troubling them and feel alone and stuck.

Over the years, I have helped many people who have come to see me for all sorts of troubling reasons. Many have felt overwhelmed by anxiety or stress, whilst others have been struggling to cope with low self-esteem, depression or the grief of loss. Some have been wrestling with issues such as identity or sexuality and many others with the consequences of childhood difficulties. People have also sought help when the fog of trauma has become too much, when they have felt lost in life and to themselves. Most often, the problems people come with are linked to intimate relationships.

I write more about understanding trauma on the next page.

Couples Counselling


Partners seek couples counselling for a variety of problems and, typically, when they feel they are not being heard by each other. In an initial couples counselling session, I am clear that I am interested in each person’s perspective. My aim is to provide a confidential and non-judgmental space where hopes and fears can be safely explored and where couples can develop their capacity to negotiate their relational conflicts where possible, and to come to terms with those that are non-negotiable.

Further information

For practical information, including fees and frequency of sessions, please follow the link below entitled ‘Practical Matters’.

To read more about how individual psychotherapy or counselling may help (and some of the differences between psychotherapy and counselling), just follow the link below to Psychotherapy and Counselling. Here you will also find more information about the nature of trauma and how I work with this within the context of a psychotherapeutic healing relationship.

Getting in touch

If you would like to get in touch with me, please follow the Contact link at the top of the page. Please note I am unable to respond to enquiries at the weekend.

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 is based 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
Contact me by email

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