Dr Erik Laux, Counselling Psychologist (hcpc) & Chartered Psychologist (BPS)
Considering therapy and choosing a therapist can be confusing. You may also be anxious about starting a therapy and contacting a therapist, particularly as this may be a time when you might be feeling overwhelmed or vulnerable. I would want to assure you that my intention is to find a way of working together which suits you and your individual circumstances. To do so, I am offering you a safe space where you can explore any difficulties or challenges you may face.
My integrative approach helps me to tailor the therapeutic input that I offer according to your individual needs, whether you are suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem or other psychological difficulties. This means that sometimes I primarily listen very carefully in order to help you clarify your concerns and feelings, whereas at other times, I may be more directive in order to support you. Every person and problem is different, and the aim will be that you can improve your well-being and move forward in a constructive way.
I am an integrative practitioner because I believe there are different ways of understanding peoples’ difficulties. This means that my work is influenced by different psychotherapeutic schools of thought, which range from the more relational approaches within the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions to more technical and directive approaches like CBT.
During the first few sessions we will work collaboratively to identify your therapy goals and then discuss the best way to work towards achieving these, always with your consent. While some concerns or problems may only require a short-term therapy between ten to twenty sessions, other difficulties may require a longer therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My doctorate is in Counselling Psychology and I also have a first class honours degree in Psychology. Before becoming a psychologist, I had also gained a degree in Business Administration and worked for many years in Germany and Britain within the Financial Services Sector. About twelve years ago, I worked briefly as a part-time visiting psychology lecturer at a London university, and later, also worked as a part-time volunteer counsellor at a drug and alcohol advisory centre for more than a year.
More recently, for nearly five years, I provided psychological therapies on a part-time basis within different roles in the NHS. I have worked in both primary and secondary care services as, for example, when working as a High Intensity CBT Therapist within a steps2wellbeing team or as team psychologist within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), both within Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.
I also draw from mindfulness-based approaches in my work, particularly from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as from compassion focused approaches and also schema therapy. My thinking is also informed by transpersonal psychology, because I think that transcendent, spiritual and/or religious aspects to peoples’ lives are of importance and significance.
I ensure that my therapeutic knowledge and skills remain up-to-date by engaging regularly in continuous professional development. For example, over the past years I have attended different seminars or workshops related to depression, general anxiety, CBT for PTSD, complex trauma, mindfulness and supervision-skills among others. I also follow the ethical standards of the organisations below:
*as registered practitioner psychologist with the health & care professions council [hcpc];
*as chartered member of the British Psychological Society [BPS] and as member of their Division of Counselling Psychology;
*as member of the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section;
*as member of the BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Unwanted and intrusive thoughts
£60 per individual therapy session.
I offer the first meeting at a reduced rate of £40. This is because I think it is important to find the right therapist with whom you feel comfortable. This gives us the opportunity to see if we could work together with no obligation for further sessions on your part.