My Private Practice & How I Help You

Date posted: July 28, 2014


Jessica of Right Insight Counselling in Leeds LS17, providing counselling in LS1 and all of Leeds. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor new to Leeds. I trained in London where I used to live and where I began my counselling practice. Having recently moved to Leeds, I in essence have moved my practice from London to counselling in Leeds. In my private practice I see clients in person or provide Skype counselling or telephone counselling . I provide CBT in Leeds, Leeds counselling, Psychotherapy in Leeds and marriage counselling Leeds. I work with many issues including counselling for anxiety and CBT for depression, please contact me if you would like further information.

I went into counselling because I am interested in how we can be and live the best versions of ourselves, despite the many challenges we face and the many obstacles in life. Being your best self is challenging in certain scenarios, such as when you’ve had a certain kind of childhood or when you’ve been made redundant or you have experienced a loss.

In an ideal scenario if dealing with depression, anxiety, divorce or bereavement counselling for example, you would have enough resilience to cope, or turn to those around you for support to help you through. In my experience however, sometimes the self is so wounded it needs help and support to heal and often those around you are trying to deal with their own feelings and may struggle to identify and provide the ongoing support you need. I also understand how hard it can be for people to look after themselves when life has presented a challenge. Here I think of a quote I came across sometime ago, ‘My greatest strength is knowing my weaknesses’.

Reaching out to counselling means different things to different people, what does it mean to you? There was a time when to some people it meant being mentally ill, now however a lot of people are using it as a sign of, and to keep mentally, emotionally and psychologically well. Times have changed and more people, more often are recognising that they don’t have to wait for a crisis to recognise that something does not feel right and or is not working and therefore seek counselling. Maybe they are experiencing symptoms and signs of depression and anxiety so they reach out to a counsellor in Leeds or in whatever their local area is.

There is no shame in seeking Leeds counselling but even if you did feel that way, this is something that your therapist will help you to explore. I also work with my clients to find and tailor counselling or therapy to their individual needs. This may involve helping you to understand yourself better or identifying better coping mechanisms, it may be both. Due to my commitment and passion to my clients and my work, I will support you in working through whatever issues you are going through. Whatever work we do, it will be about supporting and helping you identify and develop your own inner resources, better coping mechanisms so that you too may get the most out of life.


07795 253457

Skype Counselling

Date posted: July 21, 2014

What is Skype counselling and how does Skype counselling work?

Skype counselling is similar to face to face counselling in that your counselling appointment is 50 minutes, the counselling work is confidential and your goals as a client are identified and worked towards.

Counselling in Leeds, my primary work involves working and helping you in person/face to face with clients. However by providing counselling via Skype, clients can work and have counselling with me both within Leeds and across the UK. Either in person or via Skype, the kind of counselling service I provide is the same, so whenever clients are seeking Leeds counselling and looking for a counsellor who works with depression in Leeds or a couple are seeking couples counselling in Leeds together, clients receive the same level of experience, support and help.

Is Skype counselling for me?

This will be a two way decision. In the first instance it is best to contact me either by phone 07795 253457 or email:, this will enable us to find out what is going on for you, how best to help you and which method of Leeds counselling would be most suitable.

What issues do you work with?

I work with a wide range of issues, for example I provide CBT for depression or counselling for anxiety, I also work with eating and food issues which are causing you concern. If you require further information on this please see my home page or my issues page, if you require further information on counselling Leeds, you can also contact me directly.

Finding Your Voice (part 1)

Date posted: May 6, 2013

Hello, and welcome to my website and very first blog. I had been thinking of what to write for some time and decided to go with what was continually presenting itself. I am going to discuss how difficult it can be sometimes to speak your truth, whatever that may be. Around me I encountered occasions when I needed to respond to, ask something, or simply say ‘no thanks’ to others and was realising it could be a struggle. I started wondering why can saying what you feel and need to, be so difficult? What are the things that can make it difficult to express oneself as fully and genuinely as possible?

This issue is one of the most fundamental aspects of the work counsellors do, arguably firstly with themselves and then helping and encouraging clients to find their own voices, develop their range of expression and speak their truths. Depending on who you ask there are several reasons why doing this can be difficult. Reasons might include: whether what is said is heard as intended or misconstrued, if it will be important enough or even at all? And is it the talker or listener deciding?

I am additionally interested in the part courage plays, as it is sometimes the very thing we need so that we are able to speak genuinely about what we feel or need. However, courage can be the very thing we lack. For this reason we can talk ourselves out of speaking our truths by telling ourselves, ‘it didn’t matter anyway’ or ‘the timing wasn’t right’. Sure, and maybe there is some truth in our rationalisations but maybe we have to find the courage to believe that what we have to say is of value to ourselves if not to others. Which might require that we begin learning how to create the time, opportunity and other conditions we need in order to say what is important to us.

Another common aspect I suspect is difficulty knowing how to say something, as well as knowing what to say so we don’t become ‘lost for words’. In his book ‘What Do You Say After Saying Hello’, Berne writes about the ‘transactions’ of communications. He suggests we can find ourselves fumbling for appropriate responses because of what we have come to expect from social interactions. For example when somebody asks ‘How are you?’ Most of us have learnt to respond ‘Fine’. However, what if, ‘I feel angry, betrayed or like killing myself’ are truer responses? Perhaps then, in most interactions people do not feel safe to either express their truth or receive the other’s truth.

I surmise it is because to be genuine and to speak one’s truth requires a trusting relationship where it can be heard, acknowledged and valued. It requires degrees of intimacy that enables conversations to have depth, meaning and authenticity. I wonder if intuitively we know this and that is why most conversations are kept at surface levels.

In my experience of counselling relationships however, clients are searching for more than surface conversations albeit sometimes anxiously. It is as if amongst all that is discussed there is an additional need and search for one’s own ‘right’ words to describe one’s experience of confusion, pain and joy.  I question if this is a search for individual truth, a need I recognise as being meaningful to myself and others. I hope you find the courage in discovering yours.

Berne, E. (1974) What Do You Say After You Say Hello. London. Transworld Publishers.

New Website

Date posted: April 10, 2013

Welcome to my counselling website. Blog coming soon.


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