Laura Smart MBACP
07501 236 641
My name is Laura and I am a qualified counsellor providing private one-to-one counselling in Bromley and Forest Hill, South East London.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Taking that first step can be the hardest, admitting you need help. Nearly all of us need support at some point in our lives.
I work as an integrative counsellor who offers empathy and compassion in a non-judgemental and safe environment who works in a client centred way. I am trained and influenced by several approaches to counselling such as person-centred, gestalt, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy). I am familiar with the 12-steps when working with addiction(s).
I work with people with a range of issues such as:
addictions (alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, work, relationships, food, internet and social media)
obsessional thinking and behaviours
sight loss and disability
low self esteem
relationship and family issues
poor mental health and emotional well being
trauma and dissociation.
How counselling can help
People usually come to counselling because they want something in their lives to change. Many people want to deal with a difficult relationship or situation - whether personal or professional. I will work with you, in a non-judgemental approach, to explore what is troubling you and how you can work through the things you may be finding difficult or challenging.
At the first meeting we will discuss what brings you to counselling, what your goals are and how I can help you reach them. It's an opportunity to gain some background information from you and explre how we can work together. Some clients chose a brief solution-focused approach of up to 6 sessions which can include setting goals and introducing strategies to address their problems; others prefer to continue on a longer term basis
I believe that as individuals we all have the ability to decide what is right for us - counselling is not about me telling you what to do but about us exploring together what is best for you. Everyone is unique and so it is important for me to get to know you, so we can find out what is best for you. Counselling can be challenging but also very rewarding and empowering leading to lasting change and growth.
I have experience of working with clients in an addiction treatment centre and alcohol service whose lives have been affected by addictions, alcoholism and poor mental and emotional health. In recent years, with the rise of smart phones, I have worked with many adults and young people with internet, technology and social media addictions.
I also have over a decades experience of working with young people affected by bullying, poor mental health, behaviour and emotional issues and family and educational problems.
What to expect in your first session
At the first session we will discuss what has brought you to seek support and how counselling might benefit you. Some clients chose a brief solution-focused approach of up to 6 sessions which can include setting goals and introducing strategies to address their problems; others prefer to continue on a longer term basis.
I provide a safe, supportive, protective and confidential setting and work with warmth, respect and compassion.
Where I am
I am based in Bromley and Forest Hill SE London. Both practices are easily reached with good transport links and within 2-5 minutes walk from Bromley North and Forest Hill train stations.
If you would like to discuss the counselling I offer, or have any questions please email or call me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience lies in working therapeutically with adults, professionals and young people from a multitude of backgrounds specifically with addictions,alcoholism, bullying, poor mental health and abuse.
My counselling qualifications include:
Accredited Diploma in Counselling (BACP-accredited)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
Facilitating Therapeutic Group Work - RAPt.
I completed my counselling training at the Gestalt Centre in London. Whilst my core working philosophy is Gestalt, during my experience of practising I have been influenced by and integrated existential, person centred, motivational interviewing, 12 step, mindfulness and CBT theories and practice.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), a governing body that ensures professionalism within counselling and psychotherapy. I work within the BACP ethical framework and am professionally insured with professional indemnity insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-esteem
£50 per session
Young People £35
Some concessions available to those on low income.
I am required to maintain continuous professional development through courses and training and have to provide evidence of my professional development and practice to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have some daytime, evening and weekend availability. Please message or call me to enquire
Types of client