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

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

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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

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


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Psychosexual Issues
Baby bereavement
Young people
Relationship issues

Leaving Cults


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


BUPA Registered Practitioner

EMDR Practitioner

Aviva Registered Practitioner

STOPSo Approved Therapist

Maps & Directions

Maidstone, ME14

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Flexible.   I am very full currently but if you are interested, I have some spaces coming up soon.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I trained as an integrative supervisor for groups and individuals.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:No
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