Lara Cresswell - Counsellor (MBACP), Registered Social Worker (SWE)
There are times when we all feel low, overwhelmed or a bit stuck - and confiding in friends or family just isn't enough or isn't possible. This can leave us feeling alone and isolated, unsure of where or how to start in moving forward.
At these times, it can be helpful to talk to a professional; someone outside our situation. Someone we know will show understanding, not make judgements, and be supportive of our feelings.
Whether you or a loved one are facing current difficulties, unable to let go of the past, or wanting to make important changes, counselling offers the chance to work through the issues in a safe environment so it's possible to move on positively. Just talking confidentially about the issues and really being heard can make all the difference. It can help a person to see things more clearly, feel better able to cope, and recognise the possibilities open to them.
If this is what you are looking for then I'm here to help.
I'm a warm, down-to-earth qualified counsellor, registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Practising since 2007, to BACP ethics and standards, I offer counselling to adults and young people aged 13 and over. I provide a relaxed environment for clients where they can talk privately about their troubles and we work together to make sense of things and bring about the changes they are seeking.
I am able to draw on a wide range of skills and approaches. However, my Counselling Approach is fundamentally Person-Centred. This offers people the opportunity to create lasting change for themselves. The focus is on clients as individuals, without labels or diagnoses, on how they are right now and what's important to them.
Fully trained and insured, I have nearly twenty-seven years' experience in the helping field, the past fourteen as a counsellor to clients of varied ages and the previous thirteen as a former social worker.
My work has brought me into contact with a wide range of life challenges and has taught me that, with support, people can overcome the most difficult of circumstances.
Please do contact me if you are wondering if counselling could support you at this time. There are many issues for which counselling can be really useful.
Warm Regards, Lara
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Counselling and have practised as a counsellor since 2007. I am also a qualified social worker, registered with Social Work England.
By way of experience, I worked for eight years as a counsellor in secondary education, supporting staff and pupils, before leaving to focus on private work.
My experience prior to this includes working for Barnardo's, delivering therapeutic support to adults and young people affected by sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence as well as trauma-focused family assessments. I have provided counselling to young and adult male offenders in prison, to children of primary school age, and worked for the NSPCC, both at their adult helpline and online listening service (now Childline). I have been a frontline child protection social worker. I have also worked for Action for Children; at a bereavement service and with young people/adults in residential care.
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work as a general counsellor and my experience is varied. However, my specialism lies in working with people affected by trauma and abuse - and the long lasting impact this can have living day-to-day. Whether this is feelings of depression, low self-esteem and anger, or unhealthy relationships and harmful coping strategies.
I am experienced in working with individuals with a 'care' background and with the stressors associated with fostering and adoption.
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Please note that if you have to cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, you may be liable for the cost of the appointment.
Finding the right counsellor is crucial for getting the most out of therapy. You need to find someone you trust. If you think this could be me, please get in touch to arrange an introductory session or email/telephone consultation.
An introductory session is a chance for you (or your child) to learn more about counselling and ask questions about how I work. We talk about reasons for seeking support and the support that is needed. We discuss my Contract, which explains issues such as confidentiality. If the decision is to go forward with regular sessions, we organise a first appointment.
Be reassured that should you or your child attend an introductory session, there is no obligation to attend sessions thereafter. You are not tied into counselling with me at any point in the process.