Laura Hughes - Ember Counselling - Dip.Couns., BSc (Hons), Registered MBACP
07989 427 793
Life always has something to throw at us, and sometimes it can become too much to cope with on our own. Family and friends may be supportive but sometimes you need someone separate to talk to. Things happen that we don't anticipate - relationship issues, death, illness, changes at work. Other times, things creep up on us slowly until we find ourselves overwhelmed. Sometimes we need to reach out to someone and share how difficult we are finding it to cope with what is going on inside.
Hello, my name is Laura, thank you for visiting my page. I hope that the information you find here is useful in your search for a counsellor. I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor, and a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Having spent several years supporting people through their emotional distress, whether it is a short-term crisis or a long-term debilitating emotional health issue such as depression or anxiety, I have developed a counselling approach which is both accepting, exploratory and engaging. I have been described by many people as a calming person to be around, and feedback from my clients has shown that this comes across in our work too. The work we cover in counselling is so personal and at times painful, and it is important for me to make sure that we are working in a way that makes you feel safe and supported. This starts from the moment we meet, when I always offer a free initial meeting so that we can take some time to get to know each other a little before you make a committment to counselling. It has to feel right for you.
Which type of counselling do you offer?
I work with a 'person-centred' approach, which is all about allowing you the time to explore your experiences without being judged, and allowing you the opportunity to find clarity when you may be filled with uncertainty about the way forward. Throughout my training I have studied a number of other theories and approaches which I bring into our sessions as and when they are appropriate because I feel they can be real gems in helping an individual to understand what they're going through. This is sometimes described as an integrative way of working. I aim to make counselling as personal to you as it can be and tailor sessions to your needs, all through a gentle therapeutic conversation.
Sometimes counselling is about helping you through a short term crisis or change in your life, and sometimes it is about delving a bit deeper and helping you to understand yourself and how you have been formed by your experiences over time. What we focus on will be down to what you wish to explore - this is your time, and ultimately you will know what you need from therapy.
Who do you work with?
I work with individual adults, individual young people aged 14 to 17 (with parental consent), and couples.
Where are you based?
My therapy room in Droitwich Spa is a beautifully calming space and very comfortable. Being based in the heart of Worcestershire makes it easily accessible to visitors throughout the county. I also offer home visits to most areas of North-East Worcestershire for those who may find getting to my therapy room difficult, perhaps because of physical or emotional issues. Online counselling (video, voice, instant messaging and email) is also available.
When you contact me:
I'm not always able to answer the phone, so please leave a message with your name and a contact number so that I can ring you back at a convenient time for us both. Alternatively you can email me, or send me a text message with your details. I aim to respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible, normally within a few hours or less, and usually no more than 24 hours. I am the only person who accesses my phone/answerphone/emails, so please be assured that your call will be confidential.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about counselling - there is no pressure to actually book an appointment when you contact me. It may be that you'd like some time to think about things following our conversation before making a first appointment.
I have tried to answer some more questions you may have on the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page on my website - www.embercounselling.com
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as running my private practice, Ember Counselling, I work with Employee Assistance Programmes to provide counselling support to local people and organisations, and volunteer as an online counsellor with a London-based charity, as well as with Droitwich Foodbank on an ad-hoc basis. I have previously worked as a counsellor with NEW College, a local wellbeing centre, the Stroke Association and Cruse Bereavement Care. I continue to volunteer on the Worcester Samaritans helpline and support the branch as a Deputy Director.
I have worked with people from many walks of life, a variety of age ranges, male and female, and people experiencing issues such as depression, relationship breakdown, anxiety, and issues around anger, to name but a few examples.
- Starting January 2017 - Studying for a Master's Degree in Mental Health
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Examples of further study
- Mental Health First Aid Training
- Emotional impact of stroke
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- Loneliness and its effects
I am committed to ongoing training and ethical practice as a Registered Member (MBACP) of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My studies in psychology at degree level mean that I am a Graduate Member (MBPsS) of The British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have an enhanced DBS (formerly known as CRB) check and am fully insured.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I'm here to help you and that means focusing on what you need from counselling right now. I work with people experiencing: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement, abuse, stress, low self-esteem and low self-confidence to name just a few issues. If something is not listed here, please feel free to contact me to see if I could help.
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It is important for me to make the counselling services I offer affordable and accessible - afterall, this is not just an emotional commitment, it's a financial one too. There is no pressure to commit to any more sessions than you would like to, and I will always encourage you to take some time to think about how you feel about working with me following an initial meeting/first session. Sessions normally last about 50 minutes, but I do offer a free initial 30 minute meeting so that you can see if working with me is right for you.
- Initial Meeting (30 minutes): Free
- Individual (at therapy room in Droitwich): £30 per session.
- Individual (home visit): £35 per session.
- Couples: £55 per 90 minute session.
Please see my website for fees and more information relating to these and other services.
I offer a limited number of concessionary places/reduced fees which are allocated according to individual circumstances. Please ask for more information.
If you wish to cancel an appointment, I require at least 24 hours notice, otherwise the full cost of the session will be payable.
I hope you have found the information you needed here today. Please take a look at my website, www.embercounselling.com for more information, or feel free to contact me to discuss your next steps.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Droitwich: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1pm-7pm; Home visits & online counselling - flexible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|