Laura Cooper Counsellor LGBTQ Gender & Sexual Diversities/Psychosexual Therapist
Laura is an experienced counsellor and Sexual & Gender Diversities therapist working with Individuals and Couples (LGBTQ, Heterosexual & Questioning) in a professional, discreet and confidential environment (Gloucester, Cheltenham & N.Bristol).
She also works with people on the Autism Spectrum, mainly Aspergers (both diagnosed and undiagnosed).
Her approach is Integrative and Person-centred with a Transpersonal perspective. She builds on clients’ strengths, as well as getting to the core of their problems. Her clients feel that their therapy effectively addresses their concerns and issues, whilst gaining greater self-awareness, clearer understanding of themselves and their situation, and the ability to make real positive change.
(Extract of client testimonial):
'I found Laura to be knowledgeable, compassionate and non-judgemental. Her professional and warm manner put me at ease and I quickly felt confident enough to share things about myself that I had never discussed with anyone before. Over the weeks, she has enabled me to open my mind and heart to the many possibilites that I have discovered do exist outside my doubts and fears. In the process, I have regained my confidence and found my True Self!'
How I work:
The aim of our work together is to provide a safe time and place for you to explore your issues. My approach is compassionate and grounded, one of exploration, understanding and empathy through sensitive listening and reflective dialogue, towards building a mutual alliance of openness, honesty and trust. At the heart of our counselling relationship are confidentiality, respect, safety and clear boundaries. My work is underpinned by a deep belief that we are each searching for wellbeing and personal meaning, to make sense of our everyday lives and practical ways to implement this, no matter what problems we face.
Laura integrates her counselling experience and creative skills in ways to help build self-esteem, confidence, self-help, improved communication skills and self-reliability.
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender & Questioning) including depression, stress, anxiety, anger, isolation, low self-esteem and building confidence, relationships, 'coming-out', bullying, work-related, personal/spiritual/cultural conflict, gender re-assignment (pre- and post-op), exploring identity(ies) and lifestyle towards self-acceptance and integration into mainstream life.
Also supporting partners and families of gender-variant and gay people, where appropriate.
External events beyond our control can sometimes precipitate crisis, including reaching Midlife. This phase of our lives effects mental and emotional processes, as well as our body. Making sense of things at this time can be extremely difficult. Laura will provide you with support and skillful listening, alongside her unique warmth and humour, guiding you through the thorny territory of the taboos of sexual change, and exploring the deeper spiritual significance of the ageing process, helping you discover renewed power and a deeper understanding of your potential and Self.
'Why do I feel unhappy?'
Often, however, there is nothing specific that seems to be causing someone pain and suffering. Chronic feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, shame, despair and depression frequently persist without obvious reasons or causes. Some people simply feel they are drifting, feel empty and yearn for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
Laura’s skill and passion lies in enabling others to begin to trust in themselves, often for the first time, to face life's challenges with courage and greater self-understanding, to experience the benefits of and learn to utilise invaluable tools that harness positive change, resulting in more informed decision making and ability to embrace real life choice.
There is no ‘right reason’ to start therapy, nor ‘right time’. Struggling with any aspect of your life is something that therapy can aid you with.
(Extract of 2 client testimonials):
'Meeting Laura, I gained a much better understanding of who I am as one person, not a male or a female but just me. Laura's approach and willingness to facilitate open and honest dialogue helped me to unlock any fears and start to move forwards. I am proud of who I am and now meld my femininity into everyday life to the benefit of my friends, family and colleagues'.
'Laura; you have enabled me to move forward in a way that I would never have thought possible after almost 50 years of trying to cope with my transsexualism. The truth is you have helped me more within the space of a few sessions than anyone else ever has. I simply can't thank you enough'.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Dip Counselling (Integrative Psychosynthesis)
Couples Counselling Training
Gender Trust Helpline Training
Listening Post Counselling Service
PGCE Cert. Education Art Teacher
BA Hons Art
Dance/Movement Practitioner For Heart, Body & Soul
Further training in:
Understanding & Working with Autism Spectrum Conditions/Neuro-Diversity, Gender & Sexual Variance in Adults & Children, Attachment styles, The Effects of Absent Fathers, Bereavement, Trauma in Family Systems, DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), Dementia and Suicidal Ideation.
Laura gained a diploma in counselling from the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, London Bridge (University of East London), and has many years experience in mentoring both adults and children in creative therapies, arts and education in the UK and abroad.
She has been a guest lecturer at UWE (Bristol) and continues to offer CPD workshops for counsellors and therapists.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autism Spectrum/ Aspergers/ Neurodiversity/ Social Anxiety
Creative Coaching - exploring blocks and tapping into personal creative potential