Laura Harding

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Reg.MBACP Accred. DipCouns. BA(Hons) EMDR Therapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PT
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Unfortunately I am currently fully booked. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a brief consultation with a view to being added to the waiting list.

I offer generic counselling, specialist gender counselling and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). I have a warm and inquisitive nature and understand the importance of building a good therapeutic relationship. I provide a safe and respectful space taking a collaborative approach with clients and encouraging people to build on their own resilience and resources.

In addition to general counselling I am able to offer lgbtq+ counselling with specialist support to individuals experiencing gender dsyphoria , gender incongruence , who identify as trans transgender,  Agender, non binary or gender fluid , also partners and family members who are directly impacted by any challenges this may bring. I am also able to offer supportive counselling to people with Autism, Aspergers syndrome or who experience autistic traits.

I have a wealth of experience working with people with a variety of mental health challenges and associated difficulties including personality disorders, trauma , stress including work related stress, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety , abuse including sexual abuse , low self esteem , panic attacks , phobias , family issues , autism including Aspergers ,  ADHD , PTSD , OCD, complex ptsd , domestic violence , depression , self harm , dissociation , anxiety , bipolar disorder , gender incongruence , gender dysphoria and internalised transphobia.

My practice is LGBT+ Friendly

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training

  • EMDR Therapist
  • Accredited Status with the BACP
  • Bachelors Degree with Honours in Integrative Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in CBT
  • Certificate in Counselling

Specialist Training

  • Working with Families and Couples; Systemic ideas in practice
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Gender Identity Disorders WEGIC specialised training
  • Aiming for Excellence: LGBT+ Mental Healthcare Skills
  • Understanding Autism and ADHD

I currently divide my time between private practice and working in the public sector at an NHS gender identity clinic where I support individuals & families through the process of transitioning.

Previous clinical mental health settings within the NHS include The Counselling Service with referrals from the Depression and Anxiety Service and the Mental Health Assessment Team.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist gender counselling for those who are seeking support with gender dysphoria, gender incongruence, gender concerns, or who are non binary , trans or transgender.  Supportive counselling for those with neurodiversity such as autism , aspergers syndrome or autistic traits. 

Very familiar working with LGBT+ & neurodiverse communities

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£70 per hour

Weekly, fortnightly or ad hoc appointments available

 I am only offering online appointments via platforms such as zoom, teams

Able to accept UK and INTERNATIONAL clients

Unfortunately I am currently fully booked.

When I work

I am currently fully booked.

Please contact me if you would like to arrange a brief consultation with a view to being added to the waiting list

Updated Sept 2023

Further information

LGBT+ Friendly

Neurodivergent Friendly

Laura Harding Reg.MBACP Accred. DipCouns. DipPsych. BA(Hons)

The Practice Rooms, 15-16 Castle Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PT

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Laura Harding
Laura Harding