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About me

I know taking that first step is scary, it's a difficult barrier to overcome. Once you take it, know the level of bravery you have within you. Let this guide you on the rest of your journey. You've got this!

Here's some information about me. My name is Laura and I qualified as a counsellor in 2018 and since then I have worked with adults and teenagers (16+) with various mental health issues. When I completed my Bachelor's Degree, my focus was on counselling clients with autism spectrum conditions.

I consider myself an integrative therapist. This means I use various therapeutic methods when working with clients depending on their needs. These may include:
Cognitive Behavioural techniques, creative work, and neuro-linguistic programming techniques. As a trained person-centred therapist, this remains my base in every session. To be person-centred means to have empathy with your client, to have a non-judgmental attitude, and to be genuine. Building a good therapeutic relationship is important for therapy to work.

Being a counsellor is a consistent learning role and there is no such thing as being an "expert" when it comes to working with clients. The client is the expert in their own lives. I do not claim to have the answers but I do believe that you already hold the answers and my job is to be there as a guide, to help you explore your own inner world to finding your own answers (yes, this is possible). There may not be any answers, there may only be finding acceptance and peace.

Think of a counsellor as a scaffold around a house that is under reconstruction. The counsellor is the scaffold that supports and holds, the client is the one working on the house, making the positive changes.

If you would like us to work together, please send me an email or give me a call/text. I will get back to you as soon as I can and we can arrange a free 15-minute consultation to see if/how we can work together.  I am more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Counselling Skills, Counselling Theories and Bereavement Studies Level 2
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling (Level 4 & 5)
  • BA (Hons) Counselling (Level 6)
  • NLP Foundation Diploma
  • Assist Suicide Prevention training
  • Understanding Autism, Aspergers and ADHD

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

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Fees

Additional information

I offer a free 20 min telephone consultation prior to any sessions being booked.  

Zoom £35 per 50 min session (Available days, evenings and weekends) 

Face to Face £40 per 50 min session (available Mon, Tues and Wed) 

Student discounts and concessions available.  Please ask for details. 

Regus Building
4 Admiral Way
Doxford Park
Sunderland
Tyne And Wear
SR3 3XW

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

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Laura Grimshaw BA( Hons) Counselling, MBACP

Laura Grimshaw BA( Hons) Counselling, MBACP