Laura Griffiths MA MBACP (Accred).

Laura Griffiths MA MBACP (Accred).

North Yorkshire

07971 786574

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About me

I am a BACP accredited Counsellor, providing long and short term one to one counselling in  Markington, just outside Ripon, as well as over the telephone or via Skype.

I appreciate how difficult it can be to take the first step and make contact with a counsellor but be assured that first and foremost I am here to offer non-judgemental support, together with a warm and friendly approach.

An initial no-obligation assessment session allows us to explore how counselling may be able to help with your current difficulties. I will answer any questions you may have, and we can then either book another session, or you can take the time to decide whether counselling is going to be right for you, as it is very important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor. I am happy to answer any questions you may have by telephone or email.

I have worked for several years with a wide range of adults, and offer support within the following areas;

  • Depression
  • Low Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Stress – work-related or personal
  • Loss
  • Anger
  • Identity
  • Self-esteem and Confidence
  • Personal growth
  • Life Coaching
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Issues relating to Childhood
  • Life Changes/Loss of Direction
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Assertiveness

Unfortunately there are times when, whether as a result of current or past life events, or because of feelings that may have built up slowly over time, we can feel ‘stuck’, angry, unhappy, anxious or bereft, and may struggle to see a way out of a situation or experiencing these feelings. Sometimes it is not always possible to understand our own thoughts or feelings.

Difficulties may be related to work, family, a relationship, or as a result of a loss such as a bereavement, divorce or redundancy.

Counselling offers a unique opportunity to be truly listened to and to explore your own experiences in a comfortable and confidential setting. Sometimes there is value in simply being heard and validated, or having the opportunity to process difficult or painful emotions.

Counselling can also be solution-focused, where we work to a particular goal such as developing helpful coping strategies through a difficult period or changing unhelpful repetitive behaviour patterns linked to past events to more positive ones in order to help you move forward to where you want to be.

For others, counselling can help them find the inner resources they need to achieve their goal, such as having more confidence, or a better relationship.

My approach is integrative, which means if appropriate for you, I can draw on a number of theoretical approaches, tailoring them in a way that best supports you. First and foremost I am 'person-centred' which means I will be led by what you are looking achieve from the counselling. Other theoretical approaches that I may then draw on our 'cognitive behavioural therapy', which is more solution-focused/goal oriented, 'psychodynamic' which explores formative life experiences which may be still having an impact and 'Transactional Analysis' which is especially effective for looking at relationship and communication issues, be that with a partner, friend, colleague or family.

It may be that you only need several sessions. Equally, for more deep-seated issues, the work may be more long term.

Whatever the issue, counselling can help an individual to feel more empowered and in control of their lives, thereby enabling positive change, and restoring a healthier balance.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • MA in Counselling gained at York St John University in 2012
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling
  • Institute of Personnel & Development Diploma
  • Certificate in Personal Coaching
  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a member of BACP, I am guided by the principles outlined in their Ethical Framework, and these form the basis of my practice.

As well as my private practice, I am currently employed as a Counsellor and Case Manager for a ‘Well-being at Work’ (EAP) Organisation that provides workplace counselling to employees within a range of Employers throughout the UK.

I have previously counselled at various Counselling Centres within the voluntary sector, and not-for-profit organisations including The Tuke Centre in York, working with clients both long and short term.

My earlier career was a commercial one, where I worked successfully for many years within Recruitment.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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  • Counselling room
  • Counselling room


£40 per counselling session. Assessment session £30.

Maps & Directions

Ripon, HG4 3PG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme