Barbara Leon


Barbara Leon is an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist whose private practice is based in central Brighton. She was trained and subsequently employed for nine years by Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor. This increased her interest in working within a culturally diverse environment of ethnicity, sexual orientation and the emotional issues pertinent to every age range.

She has worked at an NHS GP surgery in Acton, London. Additionally she was employed as senior counsellor and supervisor at  an alcohol agency. Here she worked with individuals, couples and facilitated groups for those who were alcohol dependent, their spouses and families.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy helps people understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems. In this way symptoms can be reduced and distress alleviated.

It is a means by which patients understand and can resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential setting allowing unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world to become reflected in his or her relationship with the therapist (transference).

This process helps patients gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them.

Training & Qualifications

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at WPF / Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling - four years training

Intake and Assessments Counsellor WPF

Advanced Psychodynamic Counsellor WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)  - three  years training

Senior Alcohol Counsellor  HAGAM (Hillingdon Action Group on Alcohol Counselling)

Professional Memberships

Member FPC (Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Registered BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council)

Registered UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)

Therapies offered


Catchment Areas

Brighton and Hove

Additional Member Information

tel: 01273 206082
Able to Supervise: Yes