Lauren Carter, MA, MSc, NCAC, MBACP Registered

Lauren Carter, MA, MSc, NCAC, MBACP Registered

Reading
Berkshire
RG1

07950608814

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Reading
Berkshire
RG1

07950608814

About me

If you are reading this, then I imagine that you’re going through a difficult time, whether that’s caused by a past issue, or something more current. Perhaps you’re looking for some help to change direction in your life, or you would like to understand yourself better. It takes courage to take the step into counselling and self-exploration, but you don’t need to do it alone - I can help you.

I have worked as a counsellor since 2010, both in various community and private organisations in the U.K. and in the U.S., providing counselling to individuals, groups, couples, and families. For the past five years, I have worked as a counsellor at a nationally renowned private addiction treatment centre in the South East of England. I am an Accredited National Counsellor with the Federation of Drug (FDAP) and Alcohol Practitioners, as well as a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP and FDAP Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Framework. I attend regular supervision and hold professional indemnity insurance.

I strive to create a safe, kind, and compassionate space where we can explore together your unique experience. I will support you as you explore your thoughts, feeling, actions, and beliefs, making small changes for yourself, moving from a place of unhappiness and difficulty, to living life more fully.

Part of my role is to help you explore why you think and behave in the way you do. With greater awareness comes greater choice, as you can then choose to change what you’re not happy with.

As a person-centred counsellor, I adapt to the needs of the individual whether exploring the past or present challenges, or understanding the meaning of your experience. The counselling session belongs to you. I won’t direct or advise you, but I will facilitate your own insight and support you as you make the choices to change.

Training, qualifications & experience

My skills include one-to-one counselling, group therapy, couples and family counselling. Through my career as a counsellor, I’ve gained extensive knowledge in treating issues such as:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Binge eating
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Work related stress

I have a robust academic background and a passionate commitment to learning and self-development.

Qualifications:

  • FDAP Accredited National Counsellor since 2013.
  • Master’s degree in Social Work and Counselling.
  • Master’s degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling.
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Specialist training:

  • Addiction Treatment (including substance addictions and process addictions, such as gambling, relationships, and food)
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Group dynamics and conflict resolution
  • Transactional Analysis

I am committed to maintaining professional excellence, and I routinely pursue a range of professional development in various specialist areas.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
FDAP

Accredited register membership

Fees

I offer an initial introductory appointment at a reduced rate of £30. This initial 50-minute session will allow us to get to know each other, and explore how counselling will help you. During this session, I will invite you to share about what issue brought you into seek counselling, and I will explain my methods of work and the confidentiality policy I abide by.

Appointments are usually arranged on a weekly basis, which we can discuss and plan together when we meet.

Individual sessions cost £50, and each session lasts for 50 minutes.

Further information

Ready to make an appointment? Still have some questions?

You are more than welcome to contact me for an initial chat on 07950 608 814, or email me at laurencartercounselling@gmail.com.

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

By appointment.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups