Laura Brown - Inspiring Minds - Individual Member BACP
5 & 7 Waddington Road
07450 926883 / 01200 539031
Hello my name is Laura, thank you for looking at my profile.
Life can sometimes feel overwhelming and it can end up feeling more like a struggle. This then has a profound impact on you and all aspects of your life. If someone can offer a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental space to share those burdens it could help you feel like life is less of a struggle and help you find your way. You may decide that that you wish to come to counselling not because there is a specific issue but because you want to reach a certain goal and you need some support whilst doing so. Therapy is not limited to resolving an issue.
People attend therapy for many different reasons because they want to learn, heal and grow. Other reasons to attend therapy are:
- To love and accept yourself
- To improve all relationships
- To be a better parent
- To thrive in your career
- To understand your purpose in life
- To focus on yourself and have space for you
This is not a definitive list and you will have your own reasons for wishing to attend therapy. Your wellness is an extremely important part of your life. You look after your physical health by attending the doctors, your mental health is just as important.
I am a qualified Integrative counsellor offering different therapies to suit your needs. The main therapy I offer is the Person-Centred theory, which means you direct your therapy and have control over which matters you wish to bring. I can integrate several other therapies depending on what you would like such as :
- Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) - focuses on looking at solutions and how you can achieve your goals in the present.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - used widely within the NHS to treat anxiety and depression by breaking down your issue into smaller manageable parts.
- Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP)- is a self-development tool and can help you achieve your goals.
- Motivational Interviewing - to strengthen personal motivation to change and commitment to the changes being made.
- Mindfulness - used widely within NHS to treat stress, anxiety and depression by paying attention in the present moment, to what is going on inside and outside of ourselves.By being in the present moment we can enjoy the world around us better.
All of these approaches are beneficial but it is an individual choice as to which one would best suit you.On meeting you I would offer you an in-depth discussion around these different therapies so that you can decide which therapy will best suit your needs. I can offer long term or short term/brief therapy.
I have a enhanced and up to date DBS. I am fully insured and an Individual member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) . I follow the BACP Ethical Framework to ensure a safe practice for you and me.
Please call me to ask any questions you may have and for an informal chat. There is no obligation to book any appointments until you are satisfied that you have all the information you need. My mobile number is the best way to contact me or by email. If you do call the office number please ask for myself, if you have to leave a message please state clearly my name and I will get back to you as soon as possible
Training, qualifications & experience
Experience of working with others:
Looking after the elderly in a care home setting. This taught me patience and compassion. Caring for others is a difficult but rewarding job.
Working as a Team Manager gave me the experience of working others in a motivational sense. Learning how individual member's of your team achieved their targets and keeping them achieving in a pressured environment. I always found it important to give people your time and listen to them. I was able to develop my own skills about how I interact with others especially in a pressured environment and maintain a respectful stance when working this way.
Public Enquiry Assistant
This role was working within Lancashire Constabulary directly with member's of the public, who were sometimes vulnerable and didn't know where else to turn. I was the first point of contact so it was important to listen to their needs and be able to sign post them in the right direction. Being sensitive to each person's needs was of utmost importance and being able to recognise our diverse community and how their needs were affected by this.
Working for the constabulary fuelled my empathy for others and heightened my non-judgemental way of being with others. Working with Police Officers widened my view of the world and what people can endure on a daily basis and how little I knew about what one person truly does endure on a daily basis.
Childrens Play worker
Working with children enabled me to see how children act in certain environments. In this setting I was there to care for children in an afterschool club. Children were able to play freely with the support of a play worker to ensure their safety. Working closely with Organisational Policies, safeguarding Policies and Health and Safety.
I am still volunteering as a counsellor for a local charity. Working with a variety of issues in a long/short term approach dependant on the clients' needs.
Private Practice Counsellor
This is my main place of work, alongside my voluntary work. Seeing a wide range of client's with a variety of issues.
Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care
Level 2 Counselling Skills
FdA Counselling with Brief Interventions (Foundation Degree)
- Research Methods for Counselling
- Reflective Practitioner
- Introduction to Person-centred Practice
- Practice Framework
- Research Review
- Delete Practice and Group Supervision
- Refining Person-centred Practice
- Ethics, Diversity and Difference
- Practice, Placement and Multi-Agent Working
- Research Project
- Introduction to Brief Therapy
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Practitioners
- Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing and Behaviour Change
- Solution Focused Interventions
BA(Hons) Counselling with Brief Interventions
- Advanced Solution Focused Therapy
- Group Processes and Group Dynamics
- Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
- Brief Therapy with Children and Young People
As part of my commitment to continuous professional development (CPD)I am currently undertaking a Mindfulness diploma and a Hypnotherapy course.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Counselling £45 per session
Trainee Counsellors £30 per session
I am available daytimes, evenings and weekends. We can work out a time that is suitable for us both.
Concessions may apply for those on a low income or students. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have.
Referral's are welcome from GP's or EAP's
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|