Lauren White, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, & Clinical Supervisor. UKCP Reg.
Welcome to my page. Over the past 20 years, I have worked for a NHS hospital, a GP practice, several charities and community counselling/psychotherapy services, as well as in private practice.
My clients come into counselling or psychotherapy for a variety of reasons - including anxiety, depression, abuse/ neglect, family trauma, relationship breakdowns, work-related problems - but not everyone knows what is bothering them. It is possible to feel confused and unhappy without being clear why. Some people struggle to make sense of who they are, or perhaps they believe that their life has lost meaning.
Many clients prefer to have one-to-one sessions with me - either on an open-ended basis, or for an agreed number of sessions - but for some, group analysis offers a really useful alternative. It is particularly beneficial for anyone who has experienced relationship difficulties, in the past or present, or who is feeling socially isolated. It has the added advantage of being a lower-cost option too, which gives more people access to psychotherapy, and there is plenty of time to resolve issues because members are asked to make a minimum commitment of a year to the group.
Apart from the analytic group I facilitate in my private practice, which meets on Thursday evenings, there is also a group that meets in South London at the Wimbledon Guild, on Wednesday evenings. This group is open to anyone in the 18-30 yrs age group who either lives, works, or studies in the Borough of Merton. Members in this group are asked to make a minimum commitment of six months.
Couple counselling is about facilitating an understanding of the conflicts that arise between a couple, and exploring ways to resolve them. Couples sometimes have separate sessions as part of this process. They are usually offered blocks of sessions, with occasional top up sessions after the main period of counselling has finished, if required. They may also be asked to put into practice techniques between sessions.
I am accredited to work with individual clients by the Guild of Psychotherapists, and with groups by the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association. I am registered to practise as an individual and group psychotherapist and also as a clinical supervisor of other counsellors and psychotherapists by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a member of the Group Analytic Society International.
If you are interested in coming into counselling or psychotherapy with me, please telephone or email to arrange an initial appointment. You will find full details about my fees - including the fees for the initial appointment - further down, below the Areas of Counselling and Therapies Offered sections.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honours degree in philosophy from the University of Sheffield, I trained as an individual psychotherapist with the Guild of Psychotherapists, and I trained in analytical group psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London (post-graduate diploma).
I am an experienced workshop leader and lecturer, I have been a training therapist for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists, and I have supervised the work of counsellors, psychotherapists, and drama therapists. I was an external examiner for a University of London counselling course for three years.
The range of my experience includes:
University Hospital, Lewisham
GP Practice Counsellor
Psychotherapy programme for vulnerable parents
Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, Director.
Primary Care Psychotherapy Group
Taking referrals from GPs in Lewisham, Lambeth, and Southwark
The Women’s Therapy Centre in London
For women with eating disorders, and survivors of child sexual abuse and of domestic and sexual violence.
Mental Health Advice Centre
Multidisciplinary psychiatric team reflective practice group
Therapeutic community for men and women with eating disorders
Facilitating staff dynamics
College of Nursing lecturer on working with survivors of child abuse
Domestic violence refuges
Facilitating reflective practice groups for the staff
Young adults group 18-30 and clinical supervisor
Continuous Professional Development is a requirement of my accrediting organisations and their professional and ethical codes of practice. This includes the giving of lectures/courses and the attendance of lectures/courses.
RECENT LECTURES/COURSES GIVEN
2016 Psychotherapy as a Transitional Space; the Psychological Impact of Changing Country, Culture, and Language - Guild of Psychotherapists Summer Conference, University of Cambridge.
2015 What's in a Word- Language and the Human Psyche Workshop
CB Counsellor Training, Surrey
2014 Listening to Silence; Speaking without Words - Guild of Psychotherapists Summer Conference, University of Cambridge.
"Telling it as it is" Workshop (for professionals working with those who were sexually abused as children):
2014 at CB Counsellor Training, Surrey and 2013 at Sutton Counselling
2013 Sutton Counselling AGM: Guest Speaker - Organisational Dynamics
RECENT LECTURES/COURSES ATTENDED:
Race and Culture - Guild of Psychotherapists
Enid Balint Lecture - Tavistock Centre for Couples
Institutional Abuse - University of East London, ICAP, IGA
Understanding Couples - Tavistock Centre for Couples
The Foulkes Lecture - GASI, Royal College of Physicians
Group Lives - Tales of Attachment - Institute of Group Analysis
Perspectives on Working with Psychosis - Guild of Psychotherapists
Mentalisation-based Treatment - Maudsley and South London Foundation Trust
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adjustment disorder (or Stress response syndrome)
The psychological impact of change
Initial appointment Fees:
(This lasts up to 75 mins)
Group members £20.
cash or cheques accepted
Ongoing Appointment Fees:
Individuals (50 minute appointments). I see clients at least once a week, on the same day, and at the same time. Payment weekly by cash, and cheque, or by all major debit/credit cards, except Amex, for fees paid monthly in advance.
The fees are:
Daytime fee: £40 per appointment (first daytime appointment at 7.00am - on certain days and last daytime appointment at 4pm). Some reduced fee appointments at £30
Evening fee: £45 per appointment (last evening appointment at 9 pm.
Couples ( 60 minute appointments).
Daytime fee: £60 per appointment
Some reduced fee appointments at £50
Evening fee: £70 per appointment
If I see couples individually as part of a course of couple counselling, the fee is exactly half their joint fee per session, so in the case of a £70 joint fee, the individual fee would be £35 per session. Payment weekly by cash, cheque, or by all major debit/credit cards, except Amex, for fees paid monthly in advance.
The fee for group analysis, in my private practice, which lasts 90 minutes each week, is £10 per week.
This group takes place on Thursday evenings, between 7.30 and 9.00 pm. Group members are asked to make a minimum commitment of a year.
The fees for the Wimbledon Guild group for young adults 18-30 yrs who either live, work, or study in the Borough of Merton, are £9-£18 depending upon circumstance.
This group meets on Wednesday evenings between 6.00 and 7.30 pm. Group members are asked to make a minimum commitment of six months.
If you would like to make an initial appointment please telephone or email me. If I am not able to pick up the telephone when you call, then leave a message telling me the times when you can be reached, and I will call you back.
If you are interested in coming into psychotherapy or counselling with me, the first step is to arrange an initial appointment
This will enable you to meet me, ask me any questions you have, and see whether I am someone you feel comfortable with.
It also gives me the opportunity to explore with you the issues that have led you to make this appointment and to take a brief personal history from you about your experiences and relationships so that together we can see whether psychotherapy or counselling is something that might be of benefit to you.
This initial appointment lasts up to an hour and a quarter.
There is no pressure to make up your mind, then and there. I will suggest that you go away and think about it before deciding to enter psychotherapy or counselling with me.
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Supervision & training
I am a UKCP Registered supervisor.View supervision profile