Laura Davis MBACP (Accredited) - Adult And Adolescent Counsellor
I offer a safe space for adults and adolescents to come and work with me on whatever they feel is having a negative impact on their lives. This can include - but not restricted to- issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, anger, identity issues, self-esteem, self harm and suicidal thoughts or feelings.
In the current climate I appreciate that there is a lot of uncertainty and heightened levels of anxiety for many people. Things can feel a lot more fragile and we are having to adapt in ways we hadn't ever considered. I believe that counselling can help offer a level a stability that is essential for some during this difficult time, and can help address some of these things. I also realise that changes in restrictions can make changing appointments both in terms of timing and setting necessary and am able to be flexible with this. Aside from inside work I also offer outside therapy (see below) - which allows face to face appointments with clients who may feel anxious being in close proximity but prefer this to online work - as well as Zoom and telephone counselling.
In general, I believe that my role is to empower clients to accept, manage or change their situations through helping them to understand their lives and who they are within them. People usually come to counselling when they are in crisis but I think counselling can also be used when things are calmer – both to prevent further crisis and to work on issues which aren’t possible when our days consist of just trying to survive.
Aside from the more traditional counselling set up I also offer creative counselling to those who are interested in it. Some people can find talking about things painful, or not even be able to find the words to do so, and creative counselling can be another way of exploring whatever has brought them to counselling.
I also offer outdoor therapy. This can either be face to face therapy but doing so outside, 'walk and talk' therapy or a combination of both. I believe that being outside brings a different dynamic to the counselling experience and (in the case of walk and talk therapy) exercise releases endorphins which are beneficial to mental health. Whilst I have specific areas that I use, outdoor therapy can take place at a mutually convenient location.
I am experienced in working both long-term and short-term - depending on client need and want.
What to do next....
If you have any questions about me, my service or would like to book a session then please contact me via email, telephone or through my website. If we then decide between us to go ahead with an initial session (either face to face or telephone) we will arrange a time to start our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
My first experience of counselling was at 19 when I volunteered as a rape and sexual abuse counsellor. Since then I have worked in lots of different support roles before starting my formal counsellor training in 2009.
I have counselled people from all walks of life with a variety of reasons for counselling. This includes young people aged 14 and above who I also counsel via a local charity - where I have worked for over 7 years.
Aside from direct counselling I have also run self-esteem groups, parent support groups, trained professionals on working with domestic abuse issues and worked on projects raising mental awareness for young people and professionals.
- BSc Psychology with Criminal Justice Studies
- PGDip Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling
- BACP Accreditation (since 2016)
- Creative Counselling
- Domestic Abuse (including delivering training to other professionals)
- Sexual Abuse
- Suicide and Self Harm
- Child Protection
- Development and Attachment Theory
As I work with young people I have an advanced DBS check.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical guidelines.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Initial session (50 Mins) : £25
Following sessions (50mins): £45
If the outdoor therapy location is more than 15 mins drive from RH19 there will be an extra charge of £20.
I also offer discounted rates to counsellors in training.