Laura Hutchings (MSc Therapeutic Counselling, MBACP)
Adjusting to lockdown and social distancing measures may have left you feeling alone or trapped at home, perhaps you have more uncertainty with your job or possibly your relationships with family members, partners or friends are more strained than usual. I provide an open and confidential space where you can feel free to explore whatever you need.
My approach to therapeutic work is warm, relaxed and collaborative and I use a range of therapeutic modalities depending on your needs. An initial session offers an opportunity to explore what’s on your mind and to find out how therapy can help you, whether that is on a short term or more open-ended basis. I have also worked in both advertising and education industries, so I have a first-hand understanding of the demands of working in corporate and academic environments.
Research has shown that a good therapeutic relationship is essential to successful therapy which is why I believe the most important factor is that you feel comfortable and safe enough to be able to share how you are feeling. The first session allows you to experience what therapy might be like and there is no obligation to commit to sessions straightaway. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I can answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and BACP registered psychotherapist. I completed a masters degree in Therapeutic Counselling and trained in integrative psychotherapy so I am able to work with a range of therapeutic modalities, ranging from CBT to psychodynamic approaches, depending on your needs.
As well as working in private practice, I worked as a counsellor at a community based charity in East London for two years working with a wide range of wellbeing and mental health issues.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their code of ethics and standards of professional practice.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Coronavirus (Covid-19) loss, anxiety, depression, low mood due to lockdown or social distancing measures
- Loss of job/redundancy/furlough
- Feeling sad
- Worry, fear & panic attacks
- Relationship breakdowns or divorce
- Miscarriage or IVF
- Alcohol or drug use
- Overuse of social media
- Difficulty in sleeping or relaxing
- Anger and frustration
All sessions, including the initial session, are charged at £70.
Occasionally I am able to offer a reduced rate. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact me to discuss and I can let you know my availability.
I currently have availability. Please feel free to contact me for more information.
Due to social distancing measures I am working online using FaceTime or Zoom.