Laura Griffiths MA MBACP (Accred).
I am a BACP accredited Counsellor, providing long and short term one to one counselling in Ripon, Markington and Harrogate, as well as over the telephone or via Skype.
I appreciate how difficult it can be to take the first step and make contact with a counsellor, but be assured that first and foremost I am here to offer non-judgemental support, together with a warm and friendly approach.
An initial no-obligation assessment session allows us to explore how counselling may be able to help with your current difficulties. I will answer any questions you may have, and we can then either book another session, or you can take the time to decide whether counselling is going to be right for you, as it is very important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor. I am happy to answer any questions you may have by telephone or email.
I have worked for several years with a wide range of adults, and offer support within the following areas;
- Low Mood
- Stress – work-related or personal
- Self-esteem and Confidence
- Personal growth
- Life Coaching
- Relationship Difficulties
- Issues relating to Childhood
- Life Changes/Loss of Direction
- Sleeping Difficulties
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- Suicidal Thoughts
Unfortunately there are times when, whether as a result of current or past life events, or because of feelings that may have built up slowly over time, we can feel ‘stuck’, angry, unhappy, anxious or bereft, and may struggle to see a way out of a situation or experiencing these feelings. Sometimes it is not always possible to understand our own thoughts or feelings.
Difficulties may be related to work, family, a relationship, or as a result of a loss such as bereavement, divorce or redundancy.
Counselling offers a unique opportunity to be truly listened to, and to explore your own experiences in a comfortable and confidential setting. Sometimes there is value in simply being heard and validated, or having the opportunity to process difficult or painful emotions.
Counselling can also be solution-focussed, where we work to a particular goal such as developing helpful coping strategies through a difficult period, or changing unhelpful repetitive behaviour patterns linked to past events to more positive ones in order to help you move forward to where you want to be.
For others, counselling can help them find the inner resources they need to achieve their goal, such as having more confidence, or a better relationship.
My approach is intergrative, which means if appropriate for you, I can draw on a number of theoretical approaches, tailoring them in a way that best supports you. First and foremost I am 'person-centred' which means I will be led by what you are looking achieve from the counselling. Other theoretical approaches that I may then draw on are 'cognitive behavioural therapy', which is more solution-focussed/goal oriented, 'psychodynamic' which explores formative life experiences which may be still having an impact and 'Transactional Analysis' which is especially effective for looking at relationship and communication issues, be that with a partner, friend, colleague or family.
It may be that you only need several sessions. Equally for more deep seated issues, the work maybe more long term.
Whatever the issue, counselling can help an individual to feel more empowered and in control of their lives, thereby enabling positive change, and restoring a healthier balance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Counselling gained at York St John University in 2012
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- Institute of Personnel & Development Diploma
- Certificate in Personal Coaching
- Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
As a member of BACP, I am guided by the principles outlined in their Ethical Framework, and these form the basis of my practice.
As well as my private practice, I am currently employed as a Counsellor and Case Manager for a ‘Well-being at Work’ (EAP) Organisation that provides workplace counselling to employees within a range of Employers throughout the UK.
I have previously counselled at various Counselling Centres within the voluntary sector, and not-for-profit organisations including The Tuke Centre in York, working with clients both long and short term.
My earlier career was a commercial one, where I worked successfully for many years within Recruitment.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£40 per counselling session. Assessment session £30.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments are available, including Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|