Laura Bradshaw (Reg. MBACP, MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy)
I am a counsellor and therapist offering both short-term & open-ended counselling in North (N5) & South East (SE8) 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.
I currently have availability on weekday evenings in Deptford, and Friday mornings in Finsbury Park.
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 Chemsex and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
I also 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.
Based on my professional and clinical experience, I can offer support for the following issues:
Relationship issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, ADHD, trauma, childhood sexual abuse, low self-esteem, stress, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, disability, domestic violence, bereavement, loss of direction.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £40 for an initial assessment session, and £60 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 slots available at a reduced rate of £40-£50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Current availability: Monday evenings (Deptford). Friday mornings & Tuesday evenings (Finsbury Park)
Types of client