Laurence Swain MBACP [Accred] UKRCP Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Laurence Swain MBACP [Accred] UKRCP Counsellor/Psychotherapist

E18 Therapy Rooms
Suite 2, Room 1
109 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AN


07768 906508

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E18 Therapy Rooms
Suite 2, Room 1
109 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AN


07768 906508

About me

There are so many things to think about and worry about these days that its not surprising that we find ourselves looking for answers. I believe that we all have the ability to work out many of the answers, however, unless we make the time and space to really, really explore and develop the actual questions that we need the answers to, nothing will change. We will just keep going round and round in circles. In my view a good counsellor doesn't have the answers, you already have them, they are just buried underneath layers of defences and denials. We may well choose to keep some or all of our defences and denials in place after examining and more clearly understanding them, that's ok, because that's a conscious choice and conscious decision but how about spending some time questioning them first.

Let me help by providing the confidential, calm, comfortable and supportive environment where I will listen carefully, work at your pace and help you gain some clarity over what you're looking for, what you like and what you want? These are the type of questions that need answering.                                        

I specialise in working with depression, low mood, anxiety, general anxiety disorder (GAD) worry, stress, panic disorder, low self esteem, loss of confidence and assertiveness and relationship issues.

My belief is that difficult life events, current, past or both, can often leave us feeling vulnerable, nervous, agitated, miserable, 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 also a BUPA registered provider, no: 30047374

I am an Aviva registered provider, no: 600108078

I am an AXA PPP registered provider, no: LS02234

I am happy to introduce Mindfulness training into our work and I can help you understand CBT principles that will help you gain control over your negative thoughts.

I firmly believe that by providing you with a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, we can work together to explore new possibilities, consider new perspectives and help you develop new ways to manage your life in a calmer and more contented way.

As we both gain a greater understanding and clearer awareness of how you are keeping your problems going, we can then 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 ideas and implement more positive HABITS 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.

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 email from an ex client:

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

UKRCP Registered

Advanced Diploma in therapeutic counselling

Improved Access to Psychological Therapies [IAPT] specialist Counsellor for Depression

Certificate in CBT [cognitive behavioural therapy]

Certificate in Supervision (I am a volunteer supervisor for the counsellors at a Hospice)

13 years working for the NHS and private practice

Registered provider for BUPA no: 30047374. AXAPPP no: LS02234. Aviva no: 600108078

Continued professional development in line with the BACP's code of conduct and criterion for full accredited status.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relaxation and techniques from hypnotherapy and mindfulness.

I also use aspects and techniques drawn from psychodynamic therapies.

Photos & videos

  • Therapy Room
  • room 1


Daytime £55.00 [9am to 5pm]
Evenings £60.00 [5pm to 9pm]

Maps & Directions

South Woodford, E18 1AN
London, E4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme