*Qualifications & Professional Interests

Sue Leslie


 > BA (Fine Art & English Literature)

> PGCE (Food Technology & Textiles)

> Qualified Teacher Status

 > Level 5 Diploma  in Performance Coaching with NLP


 Continuing Professional Development

Polyvagal Theory Can Revolutionize Your Work with Trauma Survivors - National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine 2021

Working with the Pain of Abandonment - NICABM 2021

Working with Shame - Carolyn Spring (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) 2022

> How to Work with Anxiety & Depression -  NICABM 2018

How to Work with Clients Who Are Stuck - NICABM 2018

Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm - PODS 2018

> Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice - PODS 2017

> Working with Relational Trauma - PODS 2017

> Working with Core Beliefs of  'Never Good Enough' - NICABM 2017

> Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery - PODS 2016

> Art Therapy: Drawing, Painting & Self-Exploration - Libby Seery 2016

> Creative Mindfulness - Barbara Grace, School of Modern Psychology 2015

The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown, Oprah's Life Class 2014

Coaching with Horses - Simply Changing 2013

 > Teaching Hope & Optimism:  Positive Psychology in Action - Institute of Child Education & Psychology 2012










 My background is in support and care and education – before I got into teaching Special Needs, I worked for many years with adults who have learning difficulties. I have a strong, longstanding interest in mental health (as opposed to mental illness).

 I especially enjoy working with issues around identity such as

  • Worthiness
  • Values
  • Forgiveness
  • Beliefs
  • Assertiveness

and change processes like

  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Decision making
  • Perspective

but of course, we will work on anything else you feel will help you.

 My approach to coaching is eclectic and carefully chosen – it includes elements of NLP, inner child work, mindfulness, CBT, polyvagal theory, and positive psychology.

 I believe that every single one of us has value – no matter what.

 One of my favourite tools is art journaling, which combines colourful mark making with the written word to create a unique, personal, and emotionally relevant art object - but I also have loads of other (non-arty) enjoyable activities and exercises for you too!

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My Credentials

I TRAINED as a life coach with Simply Changing. In August 2013 I was awarded my Level 5 Diploma in Performance Coaching with NLP (externally moderated by Pearson/Edexcel).

I am a MEMBER of the National Council of Psychotherapists. To see the NCP Code of Conduct click on their logo below.

I am fully INSURED with Holistic Insurance Services. And I have an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure & Barring Service.

I am also a qualified secondary school teacher (PGCE in Design & Technology), and I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art & English Literature.