Please note: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, I am offering all of my sessions via video call or telephone call
Hello, my name is Laura Benham and I am a BACP registered counsellor working with individuals and couples in my private practice which is situated at Fairford Leys Doctor's Surgery in Aylesbury. My therapy room is both discreet and comfortable as well as conveniently situated with ample off-street parking and easy access via public transport.
You may be wondering if ‘just talking’ to another person really can resolve longstanding anxiety, stress and unhappiness. My experience is that it can. Developing personal insight and better understanding can change the way we think about ourselves, the way we experience life and the relationships we have with others.
My aim is to create a safe, calm, non-judgemental and respectful environment which will enable us to explore your problems, helping you to make sense of what is troubling you. People come to counselling for many different reasons and I believe that by talking to someone who will listen and respond to you as an individual, without discrimination or judgement, you can begin to feel less alone with your problems and work towards tackling the issues that are making you unhappy.
Maybe you are suffering from depression or anxiety. Perhaps there are difficulties in your relationships. Stress, bereavement, family breakdown, infertility and unemployment, are examples of the painful challenges that many of us face. Whilst family and friends can sometimes be a good support, most often people find it helpful to talk to a counsellor who is not personally involved.
Aside from counselling, I have worked for many years in corporate business environments and therefore understand the pressures for those who work within them. I have experience working with clients whose demands of work have impacted on personal lives and relationships, and those who have experienced redundancy, work place bullying and stress.
My training is in an Integrative model. This allows me to draw from a wealth of knowledge, training and experience from different therapeutic schools, and I can therefore tailor each session to your individual needs.
Couples counselling is a form of therapy that looks to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship. I trained in Couples Counselling with Relate and I draw upon my integrative model as well as systemic theory which can help us to look at how we behave within families and couples (systems). I aim to help couples to understand how external factors such as family values, lifestyle and culture can affect relationships and how to communicate in a more constructive way, as well as understanding why arguments escalate and how to negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible
I am a registered member of BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) BICA is the only professional association for infertility counsellors and counselling in the UK, seeking to promote the highest standards of counselling for those considering or undergoing fertility investigations and treatment.
As a registered member of the British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy I work within the BACP ethical framework for good practice and as part of that I have on-going, regular clinical supervision as well as attending regular training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice as part of continued professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Relational Training (Couples) Relate
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
Post graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB
Certificate in Couples Counselling
In addition to my private practice, I have clinical experience working for Rape Crisis, MIND, Relate and with young people in a Secondary School. I also work for the charity Child Bereavement UK where I have developed a special interest in loss and bereavement.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I can offer flexible appointments during the day and evening.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes.
£50 for individuals
£60 for couples
I am happy to discuss fee reductions for clients who are unemployed, low waged or students. Please ask. Fees can be settled by cash or bank transfer.
To set up an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have you can contact by phone or email. All enquiries are treated with the strictest confidence and I always aim to respond to messages promptly.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and a enhanced DBS certificate (formally CRB check)