Laura Smart MBACP
My name is Laura and I am a qualified counsellor providing private one-to-one counselling in Forest Hill, South East London.
I work as an integrative counsellor who offers empathy and compassion in a non-judgemental and safe environment. I am trained to use several approaches to counselling such as Integrative, Gestalt, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy). I am familiar with, and use, 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
low self esteem
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 to explore what is troubling you and identify how you can work through the things you may be finding difficult.
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 work with individuals, couples and groups in a variety of settings and organisations.
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 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.
I also work with couples that may be having difficulties in their marriage/relationship. Many couples struggle and go round in circles with their problems. Small changes and new ways of relating and understanding your problems can make significant shifts in a couples life together.
Where I am
I am based in Forest Hill SE London within 2 minutes walk from Forest Hill train station.
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, couples and young people from a multitude of backgrounds specifically with addictions,alcoholism, bullying, poor mental health, relationship issues and abuse.
My counselling qualifications include:
Accredited Diploma in Counselling (BACP-accredited)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
Diploma in CBT/REBT
Facilitating Therapeutic Group Work
I completed my counselling trainings at the Gestalt Centre and College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies at Regents University in London. Whilst my core working philosophy is Gestalt and REBT 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
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Low self-esteem
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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Only evening and weekend availability. Please message or call me to enquire
Types of client