Laurence Swain MBACP [Accred] UKRCP Independent practitioner
10 The Shrubberies
I am very aware of how difficult it can be to make this first step in seeking outside help. I specialise in working with low self-esteem, depression, low mood, anxiety, worry, stress, panic disorder, loss of confidence and relationship issues. My belief, is that difficult life events, past or present, can often leave us feeling vulnerable, nervous, dissatisfied, lonely and unable to see any sense of purpose or meaning in our lives.
I am a highly experienced 'integrative' counsellor/psychotherapist accredited by the BACP. As an integrative counsellor I have a broad understanding of most of the main therapeutic models. This means that I can tailor the therapy to suit the unique needs of each person by drawing on aspects and techniques from a number of different approaches. I am happy to introduce you to Mindfulness techniques and training during our work together.
I firmly believe that by providing you with a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, we can work as a team, to begin to explore new pathways, consider new possibilities and help you develop new ways to manage your life more effectively.
When we both have a greater understanding and clearer awareness of the part we play in maintaining and keeping our problems going, we can then 'gradually' begin, at your pace, to make some positive present and long-term changes.
How we feel, think and behave are incredibly interwoven and once we gain appropriate control over these areas we can start to unlock our hidden 'true' potential, start to 'feel' better and with that comes a greater sense of 'choice'. This is where, I hope, I can help you to help yourself and play a small part in your journey of discovery, your discovery of a greater sense of well-being and contentment, that is already within you.
My aim and goal as a therapist is to seek to understand your experience of life from your perspective and help you develop new techniques and ideas that you can then draw from, for the rest of your life. The thought of making changes is often difficult and scary but very possible. In my personal and professional experience, we all develop bad habits, you can label or diagnose them as psychological disorders or mental health conditions, if you want! but that doesn't help anything or anyone, in reality. Habits/dysfunctional patterns of behaviour that have been hanging around for a long time are bound to be hard to break, however, once clearly identified and understood they can soon be sent packing, like the confronted bully that never bothers you again.
Below is an example of an email I received in May 2013:
Hi Laurence, I hope that you're enjoying the nice weather and had a good bank holiday? As promised I have written a few paragraphs to recommend your services. Please see below, I hope that this is useful! :)I have suffered with anxiety all of my life and have suffered from low moods and depression on and off since a teenager. Shortly after Christmas I felt again at an all time low. Over a long period of time I had isolated myself from friends, family and my partner and felt totally overwhelmed with negative thoughts. I had very low self esteem and performing everyday tasks felt like a battle and interacting with anyone felt incredibly difficult. I found the sessions I had with Laurence invaluable and would'nt hesitate in recommending his services. I found the practical support incredibly helpful to identify my negative thoughts and empowered to find different ways of thinking/acting. It was such a relief to have someone to confide in and I was really amazed at how much better I felt simply to get off my chest the thoughts and feelings I had been experiencing. Laurence was very easy to talk to and made me feel at ease immediately. Since completing the sessions I have signed up to achieve a Diploma at work (something that I would have found impossible previously). I have renewed relationships with friends and have been able to open up and be more authentic. I’m now going out and socialising and allowing myself to have fun. I am able to challenge my negative thoughts and override these where necessary. For the first time, in a long time, I am positive about myself and looking forward to the future.
I can provide short and longer-term therapy which can be discussed and agreed at the initial assessment session and reviewed regularly throughout our work together.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and adhere to their codes of conduct and safe ethical practice. I maintain the highest standard of confidentuality within my work. As part of my commitment to continued professional development I have successfully completed an additional qualification in 'counselling for depression' [CfD] backed by the government's recent IAPT programme and the BACP. I am one of the first counsellors in the UK to have successfully achieved this specialist 'counselling for depression' status.
I feel passionately about my work and I am committed to delivering the highest standard of care and support to all my clients. If at any point I felt your needs could be better met by another therapist/specialist or organisation I would recommend an onward referral.
For any other information about my practice please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist
Advanced Diploma in therapeutic counselling
Improved Access to Psychological Therapies [IAPT] specialist Counsellor for Depression
Certificate in CBT [cognitive behavioural therapy]
11 years working for the NHS and private practice
Continued professional development in line with the BACP's code of conduct and criterion for full accredited status.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relaxation and techniques from hypnotherapy and mindfulness.
I also use aspects and techniques drawn from psychodynamic therapies.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Photos & videos
Daytime £50.00 [9am to 5pm]
Evenings £55.00 [5pm to 9pm]
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|