Laura Mellins BA(Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Couns. MBACP
Sometimes we struggle with life, with difficult powerful feelings and emotions. We may feel overwhelmed, stressed or anxious, have depression or self-esteem issues or experience the pain of loss or bereavement. All of these issues can upset our emotional balance and sense of wellbeing.
If you feel unhappy with the direction of your life or your life choices both your mental and physical wellbeing can be affected. Emotions can also affect our feelings of contentment, happiness, self-confidence and engagement with family, friends and society.
Is Counselling for Me and will it Help?
Counselling can help and can address specific issues, help to resolve conflicts in your life and restore emotional balance. It can also develop your self-awareness leading to enhanced personal growth helping you to feel more energised, confident, assertive and empowered. I understand that making the decision to begin counselling can be very daunting but taking that first step to start could be your route to develop new perspectives, re-awaken your inner strengths and find a new way forward.
Counselling is a very personal process and everyone’s counselling journey will be unique. It is important to acknowledge that talking about feelings and fears can sometimes be difficult and, at times, distressing. However, I provide a safe, friendly and supportive space for clients to explore feelings, thoughts and memories as well as express wishes, hopes and desires.
How I Work
I work with adults and young people and offer a confidential, non-judgemental, neutral safe space for you to explore your feelings and emotions. The counselling relationship is a professional relationship of exploration. This exploration helps clients find their own insights and individual understandings of their issues. I can equip clients with tools and strategies that will enable them to work through problems and facilitate positive learning and change.
I use a mix of different models of counselling as well as many tools and techniques from additional therapies as appropriate to each individual client’s needs. Counselling can be focused and specific or more open and reflective. How I work would, to some extent, depend on the client since counselling is designed around the client and what works for them. As a client if you feel more comfortable sitting on the floor or taking your shoes off, that’s fine with me. It’s your counselling and you are in control of what you bring to your therapeutic space. I will always strive to walk alongside you at your pace.
Whatever clients bring, I will always listen with empathy and help them to express their internal emotional landscape.Talking can reduce emotional pain and help dissolve difficult feelings making them easier to understand and manage. I am passionate about counselling and consider it a true privilege to go on a counselling journey with a client, something I will always respect.
How Many Sessions will I Need?
I offer short and long term counselling. Short term counselling would usually be about 6-12 sessions. Longer term counselling would be more open ended. The amount of counselling you may need will depend how deep and complex you feel your issues may be and how they affect you at that time. When we meet, we can discuss what brings you to counselling which may help determine the number of sessions you want or need. You may feel in a much better place after only 2-3 sessions. You are in control of your counselling, how many sessions you want and what you choose to share. I will work completely at your pace.
Where Will our Counselling Take Place?
I work from a beautiful and comfortable counselling room in Christchurch which offers a calm and peaceful environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
I began my counselling training having completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills not knowing where this would lead to. This turned out to be the beginning of my journey and love of counselling. I then went on to complete a Certificate in Counselling Studies which led me onto my two year Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. My commitment to counselling led me to study for a degree and I gained a BA(Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Member of a Professional Body
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is a professional body. I work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy as set down by the BACP.
I am listed on the BACP Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means that you can be confident that I adhere to the highest standards of proficiency and ethical practice.
I have 6 years experience of working with clients and gained experiential counselling hours in one of the only two BACP Accredited Counselling Services in Dorset. This service practised to the highest professional standards.
I have worked with a diverse group of adults and young adults in crisis with a variety of issues, especially clients experiencing levels of stress. anxiety/panic attacks and depression. My work has also involved supporting women who have experienced the deep emotional pain of baby loss and neo-natal grief and how this impacts on their lives and their relationships. I also have experience in bereavement as well as domestic violence issues including physical, verbal, emotional and financial abuse which can be very difficult areas for clients to explore. My experience gave me the opportunity to work in Primary Care with clients in a medical centre who had been referred to me by GP's. I also co-ordinated and facilitated a counselling service for a local Family Centre.
Through my training and extensive experience I have developed a good understanding and working knowledge of mental health issues and how these can affect one's relationships with family, friends, society and medical professionals. There can be a wide range of challenging issues relating to mental health,
Disability can sometimes be difficult areas to explore but I have a good understanding of the challenges that disability, and a hidden disability, can bring as I have lived with epilepsy since early childhood. I have a special interest in all disability issues, epilepsy and health anxiety.
Continual Professional Development
I continue to update my skills and develop my understanding of counselling and attend regular workshops and seminars to expand my knowledge and grow both personally and professionally.
My Gifted Time
It has always been part of my professional work ethic to gift some of my time to an agency/charity which helps provide access to counselling for their clients. I currently work as part of a team at a student counselling service provided by one of the local universities.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I charge £40 a session.
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
I offer an initial 50 minute session at a reduced rate of £20 which gives us both an opportunity to get know each other and for you to ask any questions about the counselling process and how I work.
This initial time together also gives the client the chance to decide if counselling is something they wish to explore and whether they wish to work with me. Following this session there is no obligation to book further sessions. If a client chooses to start counselling with me, when to end our therapeutic relationship is a client’s decision and something we can discuss and plan together.
Some concessions may be available if you receive benefits or are on a low income and this can be discussed at our initial session.
Off road and street parking is available.
There are a number of buses to Barrack Road that stop within a very short walking distance of my counselling room.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Quite a good knowledge of Portuguese|
I aim to be as flexible as possible to suit you. Daytime and evening appointments by arrangement. Please contact me on 07553 831934 to discuss availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|