Laura McCarthy PGDip Couns MBACP
180-186 King's Cross Road
If right now life's events seem overwhelming, having a place to be heard, supported and understood may help.
Or maybe you're unable to put your finger on what is wrong but just know something is, then you might find exploring in therapy can help to make sense of an issue.
Perhaps you're having issues in your relationship and struggling to communicate effectively with your partner, and need a safe place to be able to listen, talk and be heard.
I offer confidential, non-judgmental therapy in a nondiscriminatory practice for both individuals and couples.
I offer Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy delivered in a relational style. This means I make myself fully present in the work, with the aim to uncover and challenge primitive or unconscious limiting self-beliefs. By revealing negative beliefs, it enables my clients to make better choices in the way they behave and relate, thereby increasing the opportunity to get their needs met and feel happier.
I believe a therapeutic relationship is key and requires a commitment from both client(s) and therapist. I am deeply committed to and practice and abide by the principles and ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Having worked with many different individuals and couples, I have experience of issues including abuse, anger, addiction, anxiety (generalised, separation, performance and social), depression, bereavement, eating disorders, identity issues, relationship issues, low self-esteem, low self-confidence.
I also have experience of working disorders such at generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), dissociative identity disorder (DID), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). When working with DID, I offer a three-stage model of stabilisation, processing of trauma and integration. I work with a specialist supervisor for my DID work.
I suggest an initial session - at my standard fee - where we can meet and talk. This session will allow us both to ask any questions before we both decide if we want to go ahead.
At the end of the initial session, if you feel unable to commit to working weekly or that counselling is not for you, you are not obliged to book any further sessions.
Sometimes relationships get stuck, or someone gets hurt and it becomes hard to talk without fighting. When working with couples, I offer a safe, impartial space to help couples to work through issues, to talk, hear and be heard.
It is not my job to take sides, make judgements or attribute blame. Instead, I make myself available to offer both parties equal opportunity to discuss what is wrong, what brought you to this place, what you will do differently if you decide to move forward and stay together.
With this style of counselling you will learn to understand and communicate your feelings and needs more clearly, without ending up in arguments. You will learn to listen to your partner and hear how they feel and what they need from you to make the relationship better.
I offer couples the option of on going counsellling in 60 minute weekly sessions (usually 6 - 12 sessions are required) or an intense 2-hour recovery session to get to the heart of the issue and kick start change.
There is no one size fits all, if you may prefer to methodically through your relationship issues, then weekly sessions may suit you best (one 60 minute session is not enough time to do the work required). If you are feeling overwhelmed by the issues you are facing then and intense recovery session might be best, followed by some ongoing hourly sessions, although for some the intense recovery session is enough.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Grad Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
I have two years experience of working as an Associate Counsellor within a London university counselling practice for undergraduate music and dance students.
I'm currently in the final stages of training for MSc. in Transactional Analysis (Psychotherapy) at Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University.
I am a member of several organisations, each of which requires a certain level of training and understanding to be part of. I belong to BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), the Metanoia Institute and IARTA (International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis). I am also a member of RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support) and PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors).
I am fully supervised by a Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA) and a Transpersonal Supervisor specialising in dissociative identity disorder (DID).
In addition to my psychotherapy work, I have 20 years business experience within high pressured music and entertainment businesses. Through this, I have developed skills in supporting people to thrive in stressful situations and mentoring and coaching them into fulfilling their best potential.
I am an approved practitioner for AXA PPP Healthcare Insurers.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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RAMSGATE, KENT (Monday - Wednesday 1 pm - 8.30 pm)
£50 per 50 min sessions for individuals.
£70 per 60 min session for couples.
£130 per 2-hour recovery session for couples (weekdays)
£200 per 2-hour recovery session for couples (weekends)
KINGS CROSS, LONDON (Saturdays 9 am - 11 am)
£60 per 50 min session for individuals
£80 per 60 min session for couples.
£225 per 2-hour recovery session for couples.
SKYPE / FACETIME
I offer therapy at £40 per session for individuals.
PRIVATE HEALTH CARE
Approved practitioner for AXA PPP Healthcare Insurance, if you have AXA cover, please contact your doctor in the first instance and ask to be referred to me.
All sessions missed or canceled less than 7 days are charged. If available I will offer an alternative time during that week.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Ramsgate weekday afternoon and evenings. London Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|