Counselling & Psychological Services at Leo’s

Counselling at Leo’s is very unique, our team of highly trained and experienced therapists use a whole host of techniques to support you.

Whether you are coming in for support with your birth trauma, pregnancy trauma your neonatal stay, if you have sadly lost your baby in a neonatal unit, or you’re finding life really tough after a neonatal stay, our team are here to help.

They have undergone in-house training from our mentors, and have supported hundreds of families in the last few years to ensure that when caring for neonatal families, you get the best care.

When you refer in to Leo’s, you will always have what we call a family assessment from one of our peer support mentors. From that, if you, or they feel like you could do with some counselling, they will refer you to our team.

There, you’ll meet Jacy. Jacy is our Psychological Services Lead, who assesses all of the parents or carers who are wanting to access our therapy services.

After your assessment with her, she’ll determine which therapist will be the best for you.

If you’re in need of some specialised trauma work such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitsation and Reprocessing) which supports families with extensive trauma or PTSD, she will make sure you are in the safest place to access this. This means, you may spend several sessions with a different therapist before moving onto EMDR.

In many cases, we provide something called ‘wrap around care’. This is where parents or carers in our service will access both therapy and peer support.

Why do we do this?

Well, sometimes you need to be able to work on your experiences and trauma in your therapy, but as the neonatal journey can be so incredibly turbulent, our mentors step in to help with the day to day support, or provide an outlet for you half way through the week before your next therapy session.

We have found this way of caring for families really helps support them when they need us the most.

And, if you’d like to refer in for specialised support head to our home page and click on ‘make a referral.

Hear what some of our families say about therapy at Leo’s.

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

Leo's Neonatal

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