Heather Lawrenson Dip.Couns., Registered Member BACP
Individual and Couples counsellor (Relate trained) - Do you feel stuck in patterns of behaviour which are just not working any more? Or is someone else's behaviour impacting on you? This may be affecting all your relationships, including family, friendships and work. Maybe you're feeling confused, anxious, stressed and depressed at times - leading to feelings of despair, loss of hope for the future - generally overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings.... If so I can help you begin to look at where the cause of your distress is - helping you discover a way of living your life that can ultimately bring more contentment, empowerment and self awareness.
I have worked as a counsellor for nearly 19 years in a variety of agencies (most recently with Relate working with couples and individuals) and in private practice, qualifying as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor in 1999. I believe my varied life and work experiences also add to the skills and understanding I am able to bring to my counselling.
Working Integratively means I use "tools" from different theoretical approaches depending on what works best for you.... with a basis in Person Centred Therapy. This is about creating an accepting and trusting counselling relationship where you can feel sufficiently supported to begin looking at your concerns.
My work with you may be short term focused (6-8 sessions) focusing on specific patterns/concerns, or longer term work exploring in more depth past traumas/events which are still impacting on you now - looking at ways of increasing your self awareness and enabling personal growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered member of BACP which means I adhere to their code of practice and ethics.
1999 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (Herm College, Somerset)
1996 Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Further Training Courses
2011 Freedom Programme Facilitation (Domestic Abuse Programme)
2010 Relate Course in Couple Counselling
2007 Recovery Toolkit Facilitation (Domestic Abuse Programme)
2005 Group Facilitation - Duluth Programme for Domestic Abuse
Relate as Couples/Individuals Counsellor 2009 to 2015
Manager and Group Facilitator The SUsie Project, Cornwall 2007-2012.
Group Facilitator MARS (Men and Relationships) Cornwall 2004-2007
Counsellor at Brook Advisory Cornwall 2004-2011 + 2013 to date
5 months secondment cover as Counsellor Truro College 2006.
Counsellor at Young Womens Centre,Truro 2003-2005.
School Counsellor Whitefields School, Bristol 2000-03.
Counsellor at Young Womens Centre, Bristol 1998-2000
Workshops/weekend training in line with BACP guidelines as well as for my own personal self interest and development have included:
Working with sexual abuse survivors in couples counselling, couples and depression, brief solution focused therapy, effective group work, lifting self esteem, art therapy, sand tray therapy, working with attachment difficulties, personality disorders, eating disorders and self harm, bereavement by suicide.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
It's important you find a counsellor you can feel at ease with - my initial session with you is at a reduced cost of £25 (individual) £35(couples) for 45 minutes and you can then decide if what I offer feels right for you.
Each future session after this lasts for 1 hour and my fees are:
£33 Individual Counselling
£45 Couple Counselling
Please note that I also offer some reduced rates in order to help those on low incomes access counselling - we can talk this through during your initial session.
I work from rooms based in an area just on the outskirts of Penzance - with a bus stop nearby and not too far from the train station at Penzance.
My Couples Counselling training and work with one of the lead relationship agencies in the UK, Relate, has enabled me to provide an insightful, professional and most importantly, a recognised standard of Couples counselling which has been further enhanced through 6 years of practical experience.
I have considerable experience in the field of domestic abuse and controlling relationships having co-facilitated a male domestic abuse perpetrator group programme (MARS) for 3 years. This was about examining the variety of behaviours used to control partners - looking at the influences which led them to become abusive, then developing awareness and personal accountability.
For nearly 5 years until early in 2012 I also developed and managed a project (The SUsie Project) working with women who had left abusive relationships, using group work to understand the impact of controlling behaviours, helping to increase their self esteem and confidence so that they could move forward in their lives.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available Monday - Thursday
Types of client