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Martin Leach

MSc. BA (Hons) Psychotherapist, Counsellor & EMDR Therapist

Hi, welcome to my website. I’m guessing you’re reading this because you’re looking for a therapist for yourself, a loved one or perhaps a friend. Maybe you’re wondering if I can help – let me tell you a little about myself.

I started working in the learning disability field in the late 1970s. I then went on to qualify as both a registered mental health nurse (RMN) and as a general nurse (RGN). I have spent virtually all my working life in healthcare and I have many year’s experience of trauma and how it affects the mind and body. In my personal life I have navigated trauma. My experience will not be the same as yours yet I too, have felt the wounds, and have the scars.

I am a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist and EMDR therapist with over 40 years’ experience of working in mental health with a wide range of issues. I worked for many years in the prison system and it is here that I began to work therapeutically with people who had experienced trauma many of whom have been told they have a personality disorder. Over the years I have gained experience in working with people who are neurodivergent (mainly autism and ADHD), particularly at the interface of neurodivergence and trauma.

I developed a keen interest in trauma and traumatology and went on to undertake specialist training in this field. I have a Diploma in Trauma Therapy, and a Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy. Within EMDR I have taken further training in both the Flash and Advanced Flash Techniques. I am currently entering the second year of training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and as such I can offer Somatic Experiencing sessions. I am also in training as an Internal Family Systems Therapist. I now work in private practice as a trauma, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing therapist.

I have a specific interest in working with:

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), The EMDR Association of the UK & Ireland, The UK Psychological Trauma Society and The Somatic Experiencing Association UK (SEA UK). 

Counselling for personality disorder and trauma.
EMDR therapy for PTSD and complex PTSD
Trauma therapist based in Banbury

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