Laura K Lower

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22
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About me

I am a systemic and family psychotherapist offering individual, couple and family therapy.  I have worked with children, families, couples and individuals with a wide variety of presenting problems, for over 18 years. 

I work with you to provide a safe and supportive space in which to explore the concerns that bring you to therapy and help you to understand and strengthen relationships. 

Systemic therapy considers problems within the wider context in which they exist rather than locating the problem in one person.  Through exploring and understanding patterns that have emerged; your values and beliefs and your family scripts and narratives, stuck patterns can be interrupted, creating opportunities for change.

Therapy will be at your pace and can be a combination of individual, couple or family sessions depending on your needs and goals for the therapy. 

Sometimes people come to therapy because a problem or symptom has emerged, and help is wanted to understand it and find more helpful alternatives. At other times, people come to therapy for a safe space in which to think about and improve their communication and relationship, whether to another person or to themselves. 

I work with warmth, curiosity, integrity and respect. I aim to provide enough challenge to promote the change you are seeking whilst helping you to feel supported and safe.  

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Masters (MA) (Distinction) in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy,  from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Post graduate certificate (2 years ) in systemic practice from Institute of Family Therapy (IFT).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Care Work (2 years) - Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Social Work England Registered. 

Experience

My 18 years of experience includes working as a social worker in Australia and the UK; working with children and families in CAMHs (NHS) and with children and families in special needs schools, particularly those who have experienced adversity within the education system and/or have been at risk of school exclusion.

Many of these children have had diagnoses such as ADHD and ASD and/or have displayed behaviour which has been found to be challenging by the education system and family.

Other presenting problems I have worked with are: anxiety and stress, school refusal, relationship difficulties, self-harming behaviors, depression, eating related problems and changes to the family structure through family life cycle events. 

In addition to these roles, I work privately offering couple, individual and family therapy. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with children who are suffering with emotionally based school avoidance (EBSA) and people who have experienced social thinning (social isolation). 

Therapies offered

Fees

£75.00 - £90.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Fees must be paid prior to the session and will be charged in full if the session is cancelled less than 24 hours before it is scheduled. 

I am happy to discuss fees for those on a lower income or suffering economic hardship. 

When I work

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22

Type of session

Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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Laura K Lower
Laura K Lower