Laura Henderson-Begg

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Accredited UKCP; Registered Member MBACP
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Barnstaple EX31 & Exeter EX1
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hello, my name is Laura - I am a fully qualified, UKCP accredited existential psychotherapist. I have a particular interest in trauma, and also work across a breadth of difficulties including; anxiety, OCD, depression, chronic illness, grief, relationship difficulties, coercion, fertility, child-free, gender identity and sexuality. I provide in person therapy in Barnstaple and Exeter, and online therapy nationally. Fixed term, open long-term or short-term therapy available. 

What is Existential Therapy?
Existential therapy can help you gain a deeper understanding of how you are experiencing life, and what it is like to exist, as you, in your world. It is relational in its approach, meaning curiosity of how you and I relate can reveal insights for how you may be relating in the outside world. 

I understand the desire for pain to end, but experience tells me life’s pain cannot be ‘fixed’ and there are (unfortunately) no ‘magic answers’. Existential therapy asks; what then? Acknowledging pain as fundamental to living, existential therapy supports you through a process of finding new ways to live with and bear your pain. 

A little about how I work:
I understand that reaching out for therapy can feel a difficult first step.  
There are many reasons that might bring you - you may have something specific you wish to work on, or perhaps you don’t know what is making you feel low or things bleak.  

I like to work collaboratively and flexibly. Sometimes it can be useful to reflect on how past experiences may be influencing your present; or it may be there are pressing current life events or circumstances that you want to focus on.

What you speak about is your choice and there is no pressure to talk; I believe there is value to be found even in shared silences. 

Therapy can be a place of potential and change, where small shifts can make a significant difference. Whatever it is that brings you, I believe through talking, exploring, and reflecting, new possibilities for how to tackle your difficulties can emerge. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained for five years in advanced existential psychotherapy and worked for several years for the NHS with people who have experienced abuse. Prior to training, I worked for many years in the arts, and also education and bring with me an understanding of these particular sectors. 

Qualifications include:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy 
- Master’s Degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (Distinction)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy 
- Awarded Hans Cohn Scholarship from the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) where I am also a member. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP
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

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Post traumatic stress
  • Loneliness
  • OCD
  • Coercive relationships
  • Low mood 
  • Fertility - Infertility 

Fees

£70.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Free initial introductory session.

Fee for individuals - £70 per 50 min session.

As a UKCP accredited psychotherapist I am able to support training therapist's who require a UKCP psychotherapist to complete their training (a few concessionary rate spaces available). 

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
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Some in person availability daytimes in Barnstaple (Thursdays)

Some online availability daytimes (Tuesdays)

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Exeter, Devon, EX1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet
Skype
Zoom
Laura Henderson-Begg
Laura Henderson-Begg