Laraine Dawson MBACP

Laraine Dawson MBACP

About me

I offer a safe environment and a warm, non-judgemental relationship to enable you to deepen your understanding of the issues that affect your life and bring you to counselling. I believe each of us has the strength to develop our self awareness to bring about the capacity and power to change and make positive adjustments to our lives and relationships.

I work with Individual Adults, Adolescents and Children in private practice.

I have many years experience working as a children's counsellor with children aged 4-19 years in school settings and a diverse range of ages in a Higher Education setting and workplace counselling. I have managed a counselling service in both primary schools and, currently, a secondary school.

I can offer short-term, longer-term or open ended counselling. We can talk about this at the first meeting.

Counselling Children and Young People

I work with younger children in a non-directive way using creative play materials and by listening and being alongside them in their development and behaviour. I offer a safe environment and a warm, non-judgemental relationship to allow the child/young person to express themselves as they choose.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma HE Therapeutic Counselling  (2011)
Transactional Analysis 101    (2009)
Certificate HE Interpersonal Skills    (2008)
Certificate in Counselling Skills    (2006)
Certificate in Basic Counselling Skills    (2000)

I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma of Higher Education in Therapeutic Counselling and am currently working towards becoming accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I am an Approved Counsellor with Barnardo's Adoption Agency that is registered to provide adoption placement and support services.

I have experience of working with people from many different cultures and with a diverse range of issues including;
Self Harm

Self & Identity
Welfare & Employment

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


The fees I charge are £45 per hour.

Some concessions available, please ask.

Further information

Evening appointments are usually available. I offer an initial half hour meeting at £25 with no obligation to commit to ongoing sessions.

Finding the right Counsellor is important and together we can look at what it is you are finding difficult. You can raise any questions you may have and take some time to decide if counselling with me is right for you.

I work in Harrogate at a central location, close to public transport and parking.

Maps & Directions

Harrogate, HG1

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:


Evening appointments only.

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme