Laura Bates

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BSc (Hons), PGDip, MBACP
Available for new clients
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Steyning BN44 & Pulborough RH20
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello you, my name is Laura and I provide in-person, online and walking counselling with a warm, sincere and non-judgmental approach. I have many years of experience in working therapeutically with adults and young people. Pop me a message today for your free consultation session. You deserve support.

If you are reading this then you have already taken the brave step of seeking help for yourself or a loved one, I know how hard this might be for you so well done for getting this far. The next step might be contacting a few different counsellors and seeing who you feel most comfortable with. It is so important that you find the right counsellor, someone who you feel drawn to. This is why I offer free 20-minute introduction sessions so that you can make an informed decision without any commitment or pressure at all.

My Approach

I will listen to you and really hear you. I will accept you, just as you are. I will not judge you, criticize you or tell you what to do. Instead, we will work together to build trust in our relationship, so that you might feel safe enough to bring your whole self, even the parts you don't love so much, try to hide or push away. You are fully welcome in our space. 

As a Humanistic Counsellor, I believe that every person has the right and capacity for growth and healing. With this in mind, I see my role as creating a safe environment for you to explore your difficulties and empower you to find your own way forward. I celebrate each client's uniqueness, working with your skills and talents to help you live a fuller life.

New for June 2024 – Walk & Talk Therapy! Based in Storrington, woodland and South Downs walks are available to those who prefer a nature-based therapeutic experience. Walk & Talk Therapy has been proven to reduce anxiety and provide grounding into the present moment. Walking side by side can help you get to a more relaxed state for therapy, leading to more open communication. Plus, walking in nature releases endorphins that promote feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Get in touch today to find out more! 

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Worthing Counselling Centre - providing accessible counselling to adults.
  • University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust - counselling NHS keyworkers through Covid-19.
  • CAMHS Dorset - delivering Low-Intensity CBT to children and young people ages 12-18.
  • YMCA Downslink Group - counselling young people ages 11-24, including in-person, online sessions and working in schools.


  • PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling - University of Brighton.
  • PGCert Brief Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Young People with Common Mental Health Problems - University of Reading.
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Portsmouth.
  • Ecotherapy: Walk & Talk Therapy Training - Creative Counsellors Training.
  • Bereavement & Loss Awareness - The Counselling Academy.

My practice is fully insured and I hold an enhanced DBS certificate. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sakala (1st floor), 50 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RD

Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

DBS check

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I work on the 1st floor of Sakala, Steyning High Street.

Online platforms

Google Meet


Laura Bates
Laura Bates