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Laura Joanknecht BSc (Hons) Psych, MBACP Acc, EMDR Practitioner

Maidstone, Kent, ME14
07814 296677 07814 296677 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am an integrative relational counsellor, supervisor and trainer. I believe counselling is about empowering you to make choices and enabling you to make sense of some of the many confusing emotions that you may be feeling which sometimes can seem overwhelming.

In my opinion the best form of counselling is one where you can feel supported and heard in a confidential space. Where you can feel the warmth and regard of another human being and can begin to learn to listen to your own needs and find ways of meeting these.

This means that the process of counselling is internalised and gives the client tools to take with them when they no longer need the counselling space. My passion is enabling people to develop a stronger sense of themselves.

My practice is in Maidstone and is set up to be a welcoming space.  It is important to me that the environment helps you to begin to relax and to feel more at ease to reflect on some of your more difficult thoughts and feelings.

I came into counselling after a really difficult time in my life, and found that the support of a therapist really helped me make sense of my experiences and some of the contributory factors to my life as it was then. I hope that I can offer you a similar service.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accredited/NCS Accredited
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
BSc (Hons) Psych
PG Certificate in Supervision
PG Certificate in Education
Certificate in Management
EMDR Practitioner

Diploma in Sex Addiction

Psychosexual Training

Diploma in Couples and Family Therapy

I have been practicing as a counsellor since 1996 and as a trainer since 1998, supervisor since 2001. As well as working as a counsellor of individuals and couples in private practice, I have also gained experience working in schools, in youth agencies, for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society and I have been head of counselling in a rape and sexual abuse support centre for 10 years.   I have recently become very interested in working with how the body holds trauma and so I have developed an integrative style which considers all the ways in which a person can be more in touch with their real self enabling them to make more informed choices.

Much of my work with individuals and couples is around psychosexual issues. This can feel like a really delicate area of your life to work on. I am aware of the importance of aiming to put you at ease as we look at some of your concerns and anxieties around this sensitive subject.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

COSRT

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Psychosexual Issues
LGBT
Baby bereavement
Young people
Relationship issues

Leaving Cults

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy

Fees

Therapy is an investment in yourself and living your life in a way which feels fulfilling.

Couples £90 Individuals £65
Group supervision - depending on number in group
Some concessionary places

EMDR for a two hour session £150.00

I have gained a lot of experience during my years as a therapist and so I set my fees to reflect this. However, I believe therapy should be accessible for everyone, so if you feel drawn to my profile but feel that you are genuinely unable to afford sessions, please email me for a discussion about a reduced fee.

Further information

Parking available

Maidstone East is the most local station and I work 20 minutes walk away from the station

Fully insured

Accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Accredited with The National Counselling Society

Member of ATSAC

REGISTERED Member of COSRT

BUPA Registered Practitioner https://finder.bupa.co.uk/go/ms_laura_joanknecht

EMDR Practitioner

Aviva Registered Practitioner

STOPSo Approved Therapist

Maidstone
Kent
ME14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

My therapy room is upstairs.

Availability

Flexible.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I trained as an integrative supervisor for groups and individuals.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Laura Joanknecht BSc (Hons) Psych, MBACP Acc, EMDR Practitioner

Laura Joanknecht BSc (Hons) Psych, MBACP Acc, EMDR Practitioner