Laura McGarrigle MBACP Dip.Couns

Laura McGarrigle  MBACP Dip.Couns



About me

Welcome to Laura Jane Counselling. Based in London I offer one to one 50 minute sessions of Therapeutic Counselling in a private and confidential setting. I have a holistic approach which means I take into consideration all aspects of the person, mental, social and cultural factors. The benefit of working this way acknowledges the differences unique to you, creating a space for you to share and explore your experiences in a non-judgemental space, to overcome obstacles and move into healing.

The ebb and flow of life can bring flux and change, finding yourself lost or at a cross roads. It is my belief talking to someone trained to listen can help facilitate the move you want to make and liberate you from an outdated way of being.

My Areas of expertise includes some of the following:

  • Sexuality and Identity
  • Relationships, with yourself and others
  • Self esteem
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger
  • Bereavement
  • Depression / Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Addictions (alcoholism, substance misuse, sex, love and relationships, pornography, online platforms, social networks)

I also work as a Specialist Counsellor, providing 1-1 counselling to women and girls who have experienced gendered based violence. This can mean childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, prostitution, trafficking, sexual exploitation off and on-line, FGM (female genital mutilation) and other honour based crimes such as forced marriage. I draw from a strength based approach to acknowledge the resilience of the survivor and help her find a new meaning and purpose healing the mind body and soul.

I hold a position as a Counsellor in a primary school and this commands a more creative approach to my work. Here my work is influenced by Geldard and Geldard and I use play therapy combined with some solution focused, goal oriented and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) work to help the children explore issues that maybe impacting their learning experience.

Something About Me & The Way I Work
I started my professional career working in the media and made the transition to re-train and become a Counsellor in 2006. I worked full time in my media role and during the evenings and weekends I trained in my vocation. I initially started working in addiction counselling in 2011 using a range of techniques, such as motivational interviewing, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based upon a person centered way of counselling working with those living with and those supporting people with addiction. Working in this way encourages an appreciation, deeper understanding of the impact of addiction on intimate relationship and the wider familial dynamic which I believe is fundamental in helping those in recovery.

I also worked for an organisation called Mindfull UK an online counselling service for 11-25 year olds; providing online counselling and support, information and advice about mental health and emotional well-being. I worked in schools implementing training over two days teaching students how to be peer mentors to one another, setting up the in-school and on-line peer mentoring scheme as well as delivering workshops to young people.  I was part of a new initiative in the Time for Change project raising awareness around mental health by setting up fun fairs in educational institutions creating games that challenged stigma around mental health.

Trained Integratively, I draw from a spectrum of therapeutic models such as person-centered psycho-dynamic, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and humanistic models using those which I feel are most appropriate to the client.

I offer short and long term therapy. Short-term therapy can be more goal oriented looking at a  particular issue. Long-term therapy is flexible and looks more deeply at the client’s history, relationships and patterns of thought and behaviour.

I believe the relationship between counsellor and client to be fundamental to the efficacy of the therapy therefore the first session is about us getting to know one another. In a conversational and informal way I will introduce you to how I work and we can explore what your experiences, expectations and goals may be.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 'Stories We Tell Ourselves' - Creative Expansion. February 2016.
  • Diversity & Inclusivity - Women & Girls Network. February 2016.
  • Responding to Female Genital Mutilation: Training for Professionals and Frontline Staff - FORWARD - OCN Accredited. October 2015
  • Child Sexual Exploitation Training. July 2015
  • Mindfull UK - Session Worker and Trainer. April 2015
  • Introduction to Clinical Assessments - WGN.May 2014
  • The Arbour, Lead to Inspire - Mine Yours Others - Migrant Women taking their place in the Community. March 2014
  • European Communities Against Trafficking - Working Together to Deliver an Effective Response to Human Trafficking. February 2014
  • Drug & Alcohol Training at Equinox (now KCA) – six weeks. September 2013
  • The Baytree Centre – Women and Childrens space – Peer mentoring 2009/2010
  • The Baytree Centre - Certificate in Nutrition.
  • The Baytree Centre - Child Protection training.

  • Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 4 Diploma. June 2013
  • Counselling Studies CPCAB Level 3 Certificate.
  • Counselling Skills CPCAB Level 2 Certificate.

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • PTSD
  • Identity issues
  • Sexuality
  • Forced marriage
  • Rape
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Repeating behaviours



The initial session is £35.  Thereafter it will be at a rate of £50 per session.

I do have some concessionary rates available for those on a lower income and can discuss these upon enquiry.


I have availability on Tuesday 10-6pm and Friday 12-6pm and some slots available on a Saturday evening. I practice the South London area, Vauxhall at the Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, SW8 1TD.


To avoid incurring room charges I do need 48 hour notice if a planned session is to be cancelled. I can further clarify this during the initial session. For more information or to discuss your requirements please contact me via the following:

Tel: 07943818922

Further information

I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This is a governing body that ensures professionalism within counselling and psychotherapy. I work within the BACP ethical framework and my practice is insured with professional indemnity insurance.

I am required to maintain continuous professional development through courses and training and have to provide evidence of this and my work to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I regularly attend Supervision, as well as other trainings and workshops to enhance my professional developments. I am passionate about learning, developing and evolving as a practitioner.

I work in accordance with a safeguarding policy.

Maps & Directions

London, SW8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults