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BSc, MBACP (Accred)

About me

  • Do you spend time wondering about the meaning of life?
  • Did you lose a loved one to suicide and are unsure how to live in the world you now inhabit?
  • Are you trying to adapt to a version of the world you never thought you would have to after illness, divorce, bereavement or infertility?

I'm Laura and as an experienced BACP accredited talking therapist I hold meaningful, intelligent conversations on some of the deepest topics that can trouble us as people.

I offer a space to talk about the things that others might shy away from - like surviving suicide, experiencing shame, sudden loss, sickness, unexpected and expected death, finding purpose, living differently from others or challenging social norms.

Tackling these subjects in counselling can bring enormous focus to the time we have and remind us to live fully and courageously for ourselves and those that we care about.

My clients come to me to work on:

  • sudden or traumatic bereavement
  • living as a survivor of suicide
  • contemplating meaning in their life
  • adapting to divorce, bereavement or infertility
  • looking for direction after a life change
  • existential questions
  • death anxiety
  • health challenges and pre-surgery preparedness
  • life as a highly sensitive person
  • family estrangement
  • processing shame

Through therapy with me, I guide my clients to greater awareness of the self and of their experiences. I encourage deep reflection on who we are as individuals and the precious discovery of what we want to get from our lives. 

After therapy with me you will:

  • understand your boundaries and communicate them effectively
  • care a great deal less about what others think of you
  • have a deep appreciation of how you came to think and behave as you do
  • learn to identify and change unwanted behaviours
  • relate to others with authenticity
  • learn to live with difficult and life-trajectory changing experiences
  • find contentment in a world focused on highs and lows
  • build confidence in yourself as a good-enough human
  • come to accept the unchangeable things in life

How it works

You can book a free 30-minute session with me at where we can meet and establish the topics and work that you want to focus on during your counselling journey. You can ask me any questions that you might need before starting therapy and we will plan where to begin if we decide to start working together. You can predetermine the number of sessions that you might want, or we can work in an open-ended way - it is always your choice.

How I got here

I work exclusively online from my home in rural France as a writer and talking therapist. I feel strongly about living to the values of my work and in 2018 I left the UK to follow a lifelong dream after a sudden bereavement. I've had my own share of challenging life events including divorce, total career change, serious surgery, being a survivor of suicide and the usual issues which we face as complex individuals. After my own talking therapy with Dr Irvin Yalom, I have brought an existential focus to both my counselling work and memoir writing.

My goal

I am devoted to supporting my clients in facing difficulties that I know can sometimes feel insurmountable. I am determined to offer the knowledge that I have learned through my own professional training and the tools which I have honed through years of successful private practice experience.

Further information

  • I have no fixed frequency of sessions - we can meet weekly or less often.
  • I offer resources and exercises between sessions where you can continue your work, always catering to your goals.
  • I have live diary availability where you can book, reschedule and cancel sessions with 24/7 access.
  • I work securely and ethically as a BACP registered and accredited counsellor.

Book your free - no commitment - 30-minute session with me at

I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Eight years as an independent private counsellor
  • Twelve years as an IT consultant in a blue-chip corporate career
  • Two years as a voluntary counsellor for drug and alcohol therapy
  • Memoir and counselling training author

Qualifications & Training

  • BACP Registered and Accredited
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Beck Institute Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Trained
  • Trauma of Money (TOM) Facilitator
  • Bachelor's Degree (Hons) - Multimedia Production Technology
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Foundation Certificate in Coaching
  • Couples Counselling CPD

Additional information

  • DBS checked
  • Fully Insured

I am continuously updating my skill set in order to keep up with the changing needs of my clients and to follow my lifelong interest in human psychology.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Bariatric (weight loss) surgery pre and post-op
  • Weight issues, bullying and discrimination
  • Codependency
  • Money trauma
  • Death anxiety

Photos & videos


£80.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • A 30-minute online introductory session - FREE 
  • A 50-minute counselling session: £80
  • If you are a therapist in training and looking for a counsellor whilst you gain qualification, then concessions are available. Please email me for further information.

An online session via a secure, encrypted video portal working on the subject matter of your choice. I also offer tasks and activities including further reading, creative writing activities and video resources between sessions as desired.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Current availability (GMT)

See my live diary availability here:

  • Tuesday 1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
  • Wednesday  1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
  • Thursday noon,  1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm

Further information

You can learn more about my general counselling practice and blog at my website

Type of session


Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Working online means that many physical accessibility issues can be overcome with use of a laptop, smartphone or tablet to access your session from anywhere you have wifi.

Additional languages

Intermediate French

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