Laura Martin Reg BACP, MSc
The Therapy Room
25 Oxford Road
SETTING AND AVAILABILITY
The Therapy Room is a comfortable and confidential environment in which to seek support. I offer counselling sessions between 10am and 2pm on Mondays. t
The psychodynamic approach makes links between present problems and past experience with the aim of relieving pain and bringing about change. This work is exploratory rather than advice or solution based, focusing on whatever you choose to bring to each session.
Counselling is about working together with the issues and themes that emerge to create new perspectives and understanding. Typically, those who make contact are experiencing grief, depression or anxiety that may have a range of causes. I can offer a safe space to contain feelings and situations that may feel too big to struggle with alone.
This work can be long-term or a set number of sessions depending on your needs and circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited and registered BACP counsellor. I gained an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College (UCL) in 2006. This involved extensive training in the NHS for 5 years after qualification. In 2012, I helped to set up a counselling service in an education setting and I am still part of this team.
My work at the Therapy Room is aimed at adults as it is scheduled in the middle of the day. However, my experience counselling children and adolescents enriches my work with adults considerably, enhancing my understanding of early development and family dynamics. This can be very important for working with adults because the roots of difficulties and distress often start in childhood.
Over the past year I have had training in working with clay, sandtrays and body psychotherapy. While I do not use these approaches in my adult work, they have deepened my knowledge of the relationship between mind and body, and helped my therapeutic work to develop.
For more than a decade, I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings, including the Psychological Therapies department of a hospital, GP surgeries and a school. The diverse nature of this work has taught me that the counselling process can be very powerful in helping the individual to make greater sense of disturbing or painful thoughts and emotions. It aims to create containment and help the individual to find a clearer personal voice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Sessions are charged at £50 for 50 minutes. Cancellations will be charged also. The first assessment session is free.
Appointments can be made through the receptionist at The Therapy Room via phone or e-mail.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client