Laura Baines-Ball MA, Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred.), Cert. Spvn.

Laura Baines-Ball MA, Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred.), Cert. Spvn.

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9 Upper King Street


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9 Upper King Street


About me

Many of us, for different reasons, find parts of our lives very difficult; sometimes overwhelming, and it takes immense courage to work at understanding the things that are unsettling us. Past experiences can mould the people we become and by thinking together we can help discover why patterns of behaviour exist and encourage new patterns for the future; the hope for lasting change.

My belief in an individual's ability to explore and evolve their understanding of themselves and their situation underpins my work. I 'walk with' those in distress and assist in helping manage and explore difficulties in an appropriately contained and supportive, yet challenging environment.

Developing a relationship of shared trust and respect is therefore essential for effective counselling, so it is important that there is a comfortable connection between client and therapist. I provide a confidential place, free from judgement, for you to talk with someone about your concerns. I value each person's individuality and honour difference, diversity and inclusive practice within my work.

I work with individuals and couples (either brief or longer-term), providing the space for us to think together about the things that are troubling you. I use a number approaches within my work which enables me to tailor the therapy to your individual needs.

My work covers attachment difficulties, anxiety, anger management, depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, bereavement, stress, relationship issues (including affairs, divorce & separation), family dynamics, identity, work related issues, low self-esteem, eating disorders, loss, and coping with feeling different to others. I have particular interest  in areas of difference and diversity, and the impact of early separation on adult relationships.

I offer clinical supervision to trainee, newly qualified and experienced counsellors.

If, for any reason, I am unable to meet with you, I am happy to refer you to one of my associates within my practice.

Counselling/Psychotherapy for Trainees
Undertaking counselling and psychotherapy training inevitably evokes underlying issues and I offer the space to work through these difficulties. The self-knowledge gained through personal therapy can provide valuable professional, academic and personal benefits. I am able to offer a reduction in fees for trainees - please ask for details.

Student Counselling Service
Most universities and colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire have their own student counselling services, but some students prefer to be seen independently of their place of study. Also, it may not be possible for you to be seen promptly or have the amount of sessions you need on campus. We tailor your therapy to fit you as an individual, whilst recognising that many students face difficulties with being away from home for the first time, transitions, loss, living in shared accommodation, exam stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, confidence, anger management, family conflicts, exploring sexuality, identity, and new relationships.

Therapy Room for Hire/Becoming an Associate
I have a versatile ground floor therapy room (accessibility info: door widths 75 and 69 cm) is available to use for regular single sessions, regular morning, afternoon or evening blocks or regular days. The room is furnished suitable for use with individual clients (adults and young people), couples, family/systemic therapy, group supervision, group training, personal development groups, and mentoring/coaching. Please visit for further details.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Senior Accredited member of, and adhere to, the comprehensive code of Ethics and Good Practice laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a regulating and professional body.

I work with adults, young people and couples and cover a range of issues including, attachment difficulties, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, stress, relationship issues, work related issues, low self-esteem, eating disorders, loss, and coping with feeling different to others. I have particular interest in areas of difference and diversity, and the impact of early separation on adult relationships.

In addition to one-to-one work, I run workshops on difference and diversity issues.

Formal Qualifications include:
BACP Senior Accreditation 2016
Working with Couples 2013-2014
Cert. Supervision 2014
Online Therapy 2013
Counselling Couples Skills 2013
MA Psychodynamic Counselling 2010
PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling 2007-2009
Certificate in Counselling Skills 2007
BA (Hons) Community Management: Public Health & Community Medicine 1994

Private Practice
University of Leicester Student Counselling Service
Leicester Counselling Centre
University of Leicester Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clinical Supervision.

Working with people where English is not their first language.

Loss of independence such as forced marriage.

All difficulties relating to difference and diversity.


Individuals £50 per 50-minute session

Couples £60 per 50-minute session

Supervision £40 per 50-minute session

I believe in making counselling and psychotherapy accessible to all, irrespective of circumstances and therefore fees are negotiable where needed. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Maps & Directions

Leicester, LE1 6XF

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer sessions Monday - Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I provide clinical supervision for trainees, recently-qualified and experienced practitioners.

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