Laura Joanknecht BSc (Hons) Psych, MBACP Acc, EMDR Practitioner
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
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples £90 Individuals £65
Group supervision - depending on number in group
Some concessionary places
EMDR for a two hour session £150.00
Maidstone East is the most local station and I work 20 minutes walk away from the station
Accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited with The National Counselling Society
Member of ATSAC
Member of COSRT
BUPA Registered Practitioner https://finder.bupa.co.uk/go/ms_laura_joanknecht
Aviva Registered Practitioner
STOPSo Approved Therapist
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evenings and weekends some 8am sessions
Types of client
Supervision & training
I trained as an integrative supervisor for groups and individuals.