Mrs Lesley Poole

BABCP & BACP Registered and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist MA, PG Dip. in CBT & Supervision

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I am a registered and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and longstanding member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have substantial experience of effectively treating a wide range of complex psychological problems within and outside of the National Health Service (NHS). Importantly, my clinical practice has been shown to improve the mental health and well-being of patients both at a statistical and clinical level.

I am Professional Lead for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies within an NHS Specialist Weight Management Service providing leadership, consultancy and training within the sphere of clinical practice. I am also the Psychological Lead within a Bariatric Service at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Other professional roles include working as a Psychotherapist within a University since 2004 and providing professional services within the voluntary sector.

I have a specialist interest in weight management and the treatment of problematic eating and am passionate about helping patients reshape their relationship with food. As an experienced Mindfulness teacher, I offer a range of Mindfulness Based Interventions, such as, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for recurrent depression, Mindfulness for Health (MfH) and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), as well as Mindful Stress Reduction (MSR) and Mindful Resilience (MR).

I am passionate about improving patient experience and achieving best patient outcomes. My philosophy is to provide high quality, professional and personalised care.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Lesley Poole at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness Training

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Areas of clinical practice include treatment of: Anxiety (including worry, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic, agoraphobia, OCD, trauma); Depression / Low mood; Bereavement / Loss / Grief; Stress; Low Self-Esteem / Confidence; Impaired Resilience; Low motivation / Procrastination; Weight Management; Problematic Eating (including, comfort eating, compulsive, secret, night, and binge eating); Binge Eating Disorder (BED); Poor Body Image.

PG. Dip. in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Supervision with Distinction / University of Chester / 2011

M.A. in Counselling Studies with Distinction / University of Chester / 2009

B.A.C.P Accredited Diploma in Counselling / COMPASS (Counselling On Merseyside Pastoral And Supporting Service) / 2002

Professional memberships

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) / Registered and Accredited member

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) / Accredited member

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Network & Special Interest Group (SIG)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) SIG

Compassionate Wellbeing SIG

North West Mindfulness Practitioners’ Network

The Centre for Mindful Eating

COMPASS (Counselling on Merseyside Pastoral and Supporting Service)

Professional leadership

Professional Lead for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychological Therapies, NHS, Liverpool. Psychological Lead, Countess of Chester Hospital.

Chair, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), SIG, Liverpool.
Chair, Training Committee, COMPASS, Liverpool.

I met my husband at an amateur dramatics society. I was the princess, he was the frog. The rest, they say “is history”. We married a long, long time ago in Denmark. We are both passionate about food. My husband loves baking and qualified for The Great British Bake Off and I am currently experimenting with fermenting foods (not husbands!). I specialise in finding tearooms that serve loose-leaf tea and delicious cake and, to counter this, practice yoga and Pilates daily.

Telephone 0151 522 1881
Private secretary Louise Rule
Private secretary telephone 0788 945 2422
Private secretary fax 0151 648 6833