About Me

Lesley StrabelMy name is Lesley Strabel and I am the founder of Aspirations Counselling Services. I am a compassionate counsellor who strives to understand ‘your world’. I can help you explore your difficulties, and then help you acquire the new perspectives and skills you need to overcome them and achieve your aspirations.

As a fully qualified counsellor, I am here to listen, providing you with a warm, safe, and confidential environment in which to explore your issues. I have worked in a variety of settings before entering into private practice.

I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor with Churches Counselling Service Wales. I have also worked as a sessional counsellor for Cardiff Mind and 2 Wish Upon a Star.

My experience with the varied group of clients within the third sector means I am able to offer you a variety of approaches to therapy that can be adapted to meet your needs.

My core approach to counselling is primarily person-centred, but I also integrate a variety of therapeutic interventions as and when required to enable me to provide you with a unique counselling experience. I strive to provide you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space in which to explore your concerns constructively, while being supported as you strive to make the changes you desire.

My Qualifications

I have achieved a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and a Foundation Degree in the same (Cardiff and Vale College), accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I also hold a BSc in Psychology (Open University) accredited by the British Psychological Society, a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Development (Open University) and a Diploma in Mindfulness (Centre of Excellence)

Employment Assistance Program (EAP)

I provide counselling for EAP providers Care First, Healthcare RM, Workplace Options, and Optum.

Professional Membership

I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and, as such, adhere to their Ethical Framework and Professional Conducts Procedure.

Being a BACP Accredited Counsellor means that my practice ‘has been deemed to meet our higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner’ (BACP)

The Ethical Framework provides guidance on ethical practice, confidentiality, supervision and resolving client complaints. For further information regarding the Ethical Framework please click here.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy