Laura Buckingham MBACP
I work in a very relaxed and friendly way, ensuring you feel safe and secure. I qualified as a counsellor several years ago and have worked with a very diverse group of people including young children, teenagers and adults. I use an integrative style, which means I support each person in an individual and unique way. I help support with anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, relationship issues (including abuse, affairs and betrayals), low self esteem, depression, stress, being overwhelmed or just simply feeling sad, to name a few. All sessions are tailored to each client and set at your own pace. The initial session is a no obligation time to see if we can work together successfully for the best outcome for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I have had training in the following areas:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which looks at how our thoughts can affect our behaviour and the way we feel. Within this area I have many tools and approaches that can help significantly.
- A Person-Centred approach, which means I will walk alongside you and support you with whatever you bring to each session.
- As I have experience with working with children and young adults, I can work in a more creative way, using art, playdough, cards, stones and games to help explore your emotions in a safe and nurturing environment.
As one of the few counsellors in the area who works with children and teenagers, I feel passionately about supporting people from a young age. I believe that if they can learn to become more self-aware and to develop tools and strategies to help grow in confidence and feel happier, then I have helped to send them on their way into adolescence and adulthood better equipped for what life may throw at them.
I am currently working in both Primary and Secondary schools supporting children aged from 5 to 18 in many different areas. Including attachment disorder, ADHD, ASD (autism), self harm, behavioural concerns, low self esteem, anger related issues, relationship problems and eating disorders. In addition to this, much of my work is supporting students with school related anxieties, for example exam stress and coping with the many changes that are facing them.
Currently I am working with a number of families who have adopted children. I work with both the child and individual family members to support them during this very unique and often challenging time.
I have also worked with people who are terminally ill and at the end of their lives, offering support and comfort.
I believe there is always hope and offer an empathic, holistic, congruent and safe place to be heard and not judged.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
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The first telephone consultation is free of any charge. The initial session is to find out whether we feel we can work together and charged as listed below, depending on your age. Sessions are one hour long. Subsequent sessions are charged at £40 per hour for clients up to the age of 17 and £45 per hour for clients aged 18 and above.
I am willing to discuss a reduced rate/concessions in specific circumstances. Please telephone to discuss.
Here are testimonials from some of my previous clients:
"Laura has been a god send to my daughter and to us as parents she has helped my daughter through some very difficult situations and didn’t once waver in her resolve to see her through it all.
Laura was the only person to listen and take our views into consideration and work with us to achieve the goals we had set for my daughter. I can’t recommend Laura enough and teens and adults would be lucky to have a truly amazing and understanding counsellor.”
Parent of teenage client
"Laura is a great lady, she worked with me for two years, she would help me when I was struggling, needed advice or was in need of assistance! She will sit there an she will listen to what you have to say, and she won't jump to assumptions, she will listen and she will tell you what the best thing is.Laura helped me with my anger issues, friendship issues and school issues! She changed me from such a naughty girl to a girl who understood it more, and had a complete change of mind about school and wanted to improve my school attitude!!"
I have worked with Laura as my counsellor for two years and have found her manner of working with me to be very effective. She is an excellent listener and gave me very useful feedback. I would certainly recommend her if you are looking for someone with which to work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have a number of morning, afternoon and evening slots available.
Types of client