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 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Face to face:
Initial session (50 Mins) : £25
Following sessions (50mins): £45
Initial session (50mins): £20
Following sessions (50mins): £35
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer sessions on weekdays - including some evening options.
Types of client