Laura Bradshaw (Reg. MBACP, MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Due to COVID-19 I'm currently doing online sessions only, with some slots still available, and negotiating concessions for those in hardship as a result.
For those clients starting their sessions remotely with me during the COVID-19 crisis, I will endeavour to find an alternative weekly slot to meet for face-to-face sessions should our work continue after the lockdown period.
I am a counsellor & therapist, ordinarily working in North (Stroud Green N4) South East (Deptford SE8) and East (Old Street EC1V) London.
I believe that every client is unique, and so I adapt my approach to suit the individual. I also believe in the value and healing power of providing a non-judgemental, empathic and accepting relationship - an experience of relationship that many individuals may not have had previously.
Ordinarily I work Monday evenings in Deptford, Tuesday afternoons & evenings and Friday mornings and afternoons in Finsbury Park, and Thursday mornings and afternoons in Old Street.
Finding the right therapist, and sifting through online profiles, can be a daunting and overwhelming task. To get started with counselling give me a call on 07445298284 so we can get a sense of each other, and have a chat about why you are currently seeking therapy. We can then arrange to meet for an initial assessment
The initial assessment is an opportunity for us to discuss in more detail what you would like to work on in therapy. It is also a mutual assessment of whether we feel we can work together, and whether or not you feel I am the right therapist for you.
If you decide you would like to continue working together after your assessment, we will agree on a set number of contracted sessions (usually between 6 to 12), which will take place at the same time and location each week. After this our contract may become open-ended.
I am an integrative, relational therapist. Working integratively means that I draw upon a number of different approaches in my work with clients, depending on what each individual needs. The core of my training is person-centred. This means that I see the client as the expert of their own world, and that I believe they contain an inner ability to change and grow. My aim is to empower and motivate you to make the changes you wish to make in life.
I focus on creating a safe, empathic, non-judgemental space in which you feel heard and accepted, and therefore able to stay with and explore things, at a deeper level than you may have felt able to previously. I am also particularly influenced by psychoanalysis, self-psychology and attachment theory (all of which look at how our early experiences and relationships shape the adults we become).
Working relationally means that I will often be thinking about our relationship; that between therapist and client, and what is going on in the here-and-now. This way of working can shed light on the role relationships play in how we experience daily life, and help us to better understand patterns appearing in our thoughts, feelings and behaviour towards ourselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy - University of Roehampton.
- Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy), and I abide by their ethical framework.
- Training in Adult ADHD and Anxiety
I have substantial experience working with those in abstinent recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Additionally, I have a unique understanding of ADHD/ASD spectrum disorders, with my own childhood diagnosis and lived experience of ADHD.
Alongside my work as a therapist I am also a musician and writer, and have a special interest in working with creatives and those in the arts.
Based on my professional and clinical experience, I can offer support for the following issues:
Relationship issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, ADHD, low self-esteem, stress, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, disability, domestic violence, bereavement, loss of direction/purpose.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 10-15 minute phone consultation for any potential client.
I then charge £50 for an initial assessment session, and £70 for all further sessions. Sessions take place on a weekly basis.
If you are on a low-income, please mention this when getting in touch, as I occasionally have concessionary session rates available (£50-£60).