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Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist - Dip, MBACP
Poole BH12 & London EC2A

About me

Are you experiencing feelings that you no longer want, or are there situations that you would like to see change?

You may feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, depressed, lonely, confused, isolated or are experiencing low confidence & self worth. I can help you to untangle your thoughts & find ways to break cycles. Our work together may include:

  • Helping you to make sense of what has happened & develop a different way of viewing things. 
  • Exploring & understanding specific events that stick in your mind.
  • Processing & addressing difficult feelings, emotions & relationships.
  • Addressing self-criticism, challenging patterns, changing behaviour & improving your self-care.
  • Identifying options, making decisions, & planning next steps.

I am passionate about de-mystifying the therapeutic process. This means that I bring my personality, empathy, curiosity, & humour to build a safe & authentic relationship with my clients. I have a straightforward & compassionate style which, through exploration, support, & challenge, enables my clients to better understand themselves & how they want their life to be. 

My work is integrative which means that I draw upon a wide range of different therapeutic models & theories to support my clients. This bespoke approach allows your needs to guide our work. I support my clients to regain a sense of control over their lives & start living the life that they want.

Through self-exploration, within a professional, confidential, non-judgemental environment, you can explore, understand, accept, & challenge the thoughts, feelings & actions that are negatively impacting your life. Together we can identify ways of bringing about positive change.

I am a fully qualified & insured counsellor, psychotherapist, & member of the BACP (which means I am guided by a detailed and robust ethical framework).

I specialise in working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, sadness, relationship difficulties, life changes, low self-esteem, anger or are stuck in patterns of people pleasing, avoidance, procrastination, frustration, & co-dependency. 

Next steps

It is important to take the time to find a counsellor who is the right fit for you. Asking for help is an important step & seeking professional support is not self-indulgent or a sign of weakness. Counselling can help you when you are struggling & need your life to be different. 

If you would like to arrange an initial session, please contact me via email. When you contact me, we will agree a good time to speak via telephone or online. In this first session you can talk me through what has brought you to counselling & the type of support that you are looking for. I’ll explain how I work & how we would work together. I will ensure that we have time for me to answer any questions that you have.

If, following this first session, you decide to work with me, we can discuss what counselling arrangement would work best for you. Please note that if we work together there is no expectation that you commit to a minimum or maximum number of sessions. You are free to finish counselling whenever feels right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma Therapeutic Counselling Level 4- Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) 
  • Certificate Counselling Studies Level 3 - Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) 
  • Certificate Counselling Skills Level 2 - Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) 
  • Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Life Coach Qualified Practitioner – International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPC&M)
  • Stress Management & Performance Coaching Practitioner - Centre for Coaching
  • Solution Focussed Practice Foundation – BRIEF
  • BA Hons Education & Learning with Qualified Teacher Status

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I provide one to one counselling for adults (18+) 

I offer a free 30min telephone session for us to talk through what brings you to counselling and to answer any questions that you may have. 

Counselling sessions cost £50 and last for a full hour. Payments are made by bank transfer. 

Student counsellors studying for a counselling qualification are eligible for a discounted rate – please contact me for details. 

Availability

I am able to offer daytime & evening sessions Mon-Fri & some Saturday morning sessions. 

Many clients choose to meet with me in a regular slot every week as they feel that they benefit from the structure and reassurance that this brings. However, I also believe that it is important to offer flexibility regarding when, and how often, I meet my clients. You may not be able to commit to meeting on the same day at the same time each week. You may be a shift worker or have caring responsibilities. We can talk through how we can manage your counselling support to fit with your work or other life commitments. 

Whatever your circumstances, please feel free to ask about the flexibility I provide. I am committed to removing barriers that might make it difficult for you to get the support that you need. Please also note that there is no expectation that you commit to a minimum or maximum number of sessions. You are free to finish counselling whenever feels right for you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Location

I am currently offering both telephone & online counselling sessions. 

Therapies offered

I work in an integrative way with my clients & offer Person Centred, Psychodynamic & Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. 

Other services

In addition to being a qualified Counsellor I am also a qualified and experienced Life Coach. If you would like more information about Life Coaching & the Life Coaching services that I provide please visit my coaching website www.iflifecoaching.com 

Poole, Dorset, BH12

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Laura Davies

Laura Davies