Hello, I am Steve Leach, founder of Think Therapy; thank you for visiting our website. I hope you find everything you need here, whether you are looking for yourself, on behalf of someone else or seeking to work in partnership with us. If you would like to enquire, you can do so here.
In 2010 I had already worked with Children, Young People and Families for seven years. In 2008, I developed a private practice as a therapist, supervisor and trainer; as a therapist working for a local charity, I was only too aware of the challenges and barriers to accessible and timely therapy. At that time, people were not really 'thinking' therapy. I set out to improve access to psychological therapies beyond what was already available and would complement primary and secondary health care.
In 2011 I stepped away from the Third Sector to work more closely with traumatised children and young people in residential childcare. For several years, I was the clinical lead for a private organisation overseeing the provision of several Therapeutic Communities as part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Community of Communities. I was also the Chair of a large network group for counsellors and psychotherapists based in Manchester, which supported therapists throughout the North West, and I am a former lecturer in Higher Education. In addition to this, for four years, I was the Responsible Individual for a childcare organisation in Liverpool, having oversight of several Children’s Homes, ensuring that all provisions met with the 'Children’s Homes Regulations, 2015' reporting directly to Ofsted. I am also a member of the Training Standards Committee for a well-established national and international membership group.
Having trained with several prominent figures in psychotherapy, psychology and hypnosis I can synthesise approaches. I offer a wider view within the training setting, as well as in my client work, ensuring the efficacy of individualised treatment plans for clients and instilling ethical practice, safety and competencies via teaching. Throughout my career, I have continued my professional development at an academic level and hold a number of qualifications in different therapeutic approaches, including (but not limited to): Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Now, having two decades of experience facilitating change in others through training, consultancy and therapy, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my practice, training and oversight of Think Therapy. Over the last decade, I have managed and coordinated numerous services and projects and have strong links in health and social care, the private sector, the third sector and education. My knowledge and skills are recognised nationally, and I am proud to work with local partners.
My dedication to the helping profession, students and clients is evident in my approach; you will experience this first-hand when we meet. I am warm, genuine and passionate about helping and supporting others in overcoming their emotional and behavioural difficulties. I strive to instil these qualities and principles in all we do at Think Therapy.
I am a Senior Accredited member and Fellow of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists; I am also a member of The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and EMDR Association UK and hold Senior Qualified Hypnotherapy Practitioner status under the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.
I believe that change is inevitable but sometimes we need help in managing it.