lling - Laura Keane
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. Piece to Peace Counselling is a private counselling and therapy service located in Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
My name is Laura Keane and I am a Humanistic and Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor. In basic terms, this means I have trained in several different types of counselling and have a variety of tools and techniques that I can use to help each individual, according to their specific requirements.
Throughout our lives we will experience events that have an impact on our health and well-being, as well as obstacles that we may struggle to overcome. We often focus on our physical health and can sometimes forget that our mental health is not only equally as important, but also inextricably linked. It is unlikely that you will go through life without having to visit a doctor for a physical ailment, so why should our mental health be any different? Just like physical wounds need help to heal, so do our minds. Life can sometimes be distressing, confusing and disappointing and can leave you feeling sad, angry, afraid or overwhelmed. You may have experienced a life-changing event, or you may just find yourself feeling lost, unfulfilled or that something is missing in your life. It is not always easy to share with others, especially if there is a fear of being judged or appearing vulnerable, and that is why a lot of people turn to counselling.
How I can help you
At Piece to Peace Counselling, I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, supportive environment where you can explore the issues that might be causing you pain, uncertainty or concern. My aim is to listen to you in an empathic way so you feel heard and understood and help you to make sense of your feelings and emotions. My work with you will involve exploring how you can empower yourself, or what might be getting in the way and holding you back. I will also help you to understand what you are experiencing by asking appropriate (sometimes challenging) questions, support you in making positive changes in your life and assist you to increase your general sense of well-being and happiness.
Sometimes in life there isn't a particular problem that you can identify or want to talk about specifically, you may simply want to talk about feeling unhappy in general or confused about any feelings you might have, or just your mood in general. You don't have to be in crisis or have no emotional or mental strength left before you ask for help.
At Piece to Peace Counselling my sole focus is you, the client, and how we can work together to improve your overall well-being and make the necessary changes in your life that you may be struggling with alone.
I work as an integrative therapeutic counsellor, which means I use more than one theoretical approach in my practice. I take theories and methods from different therapeutic models and integrate them in a way that aligns with my client's needs. Each person is unique, and there is no 'one size fits all' approach, therefore my aim as an integrative counsellor, is to tailor the therapy to suit each individual's requirements.
This means that should a particular approach to therapy not suit the difficulties you are experiencing, or be promoting change at the pace or direction most needed, together we can discuss and then use different ways of working. For example, depending on the issue, you may benefit from looking back at events from childhood and relationships with key figures as this can influence your personality and create behaviour patterns. This is where I would utilise my training in ‘object relations’ in order to explore how these events are impacting your life at present.
Other approaches I might use include CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Attachment Theory and Existentialism. I also sometimes use mindfulness techniques, as I've found it can be an effective method for working in the present, and it also links well with CBT to challenge negative thought patterns.
In our sessions we can explore and work on issues that may be causing you pain or emotional distress. I will provide support and guidance in a safe environment where you will have the space and time to talk about your issues and explore any difficult feelings you may be experiencing. This, along with CBT techniques, should help to empower you to facilitate positive changes in your life.
The first session
The first session is an opportunity for us to start to get to know each other and to give you an opportunity to see how I work, ask me any questions and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me. It is natural to feel nervous about the first counselling session, so my aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
You will have the opportunity to explain why you have decided to come for counselling, what you would like to achieve from the counselling and to discuss any concerns you have about the counselling process. Once we have agreed a way forward, future sessions will then be booked at times and dates to suit you. Counselling sessions are usually on a weekly basis, however I appreciate that this is not possible for everyone, and I am happy to be flexible according to your individual requirements.
I appreciate how difficult it can be to seek support and how important it is to find the right professional to help at this time, so please feel free to take a look around my website www.piecetopeacecounselling.co.uk to find all the information you need in order to help you in your decision at this important time in your life.
By working closely together we can look at putting the missing pieces together to regain a sense of inner peace, which can have life-changing effects. To find out more, and to take the next step on your journey, please feel free to email, txt or call me on 07500 838902 for a free, confidential, no obligation chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a qualified counsellor, with several years experience, I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), which is the professional association for members of the Counselling professions in the UK. To ensure that I offer you an ethical service I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework and code of ethics for Counselling professionals..
Qualifications and Experience
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Counselling and Psychotherapy Centra Awarding Body)
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
- CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling(Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
Alongside my private counselling practice, based in Peterborough, I also work for the NHS where I provide therapy at several GP practices in the Peterborough area. I also have previous experience of working with bereaved clients from my time where I was a Bereavement Support Volunteer Counsellor at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.
Continued Professional Development Training
As part of continuing my professional registration and for my own professional and personal development I regularly attend Continual Professional Development training, which have included:-
- Working with Children and Young People
- Child and adolescent counselling diploma course
- Working with Eating Disorders
- Working with Identity and Self Esteem in Young People
- Working with Young People who Self Harm
- Working with Young People in the LGBTQIA Community
- Attachment perspective and anxious attachment
- Autism awareness
- Working with child abuse
- Beyond Mindfulness Course
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Course
- Treating anxiety and panic disorder (panic attacks)
- Inner Child Healing Therapy
- Trauma, the brain and recovery
- The Rewind Technique for Trauma and PTSD (David Muss)
- DBS check certificate
- Monthly supervision in line with BACP guidelines.
- I undertake regular continuing professional development (CPD) conferences, courses and workshops to keep up to date and increase my skills in order to provide the best service I can.
- Professional liability insurance
- I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
- I operate an equal opportunities policy and do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, marital status, physical disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, social origins, political or religious beliefs.
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
Price for individual session
My fee is £45.00 per 50 - 60 minute session for individual therapy.
I offer a limited number of low cost counselling places to those on a low income and students. My fee for this is £35.00 per 50 - 60 minute session, and can be discussed during the initial consultation.
Payment can be made by bank transfer in advance or in cash on the day.
Daytime or evening - with flexible appointments to suit individual circumstances.
The Benefits of Counselling
Counselling has many benefits and can help you to develop increased self-awareness, understanding and to help develop improved coping mechanisms to help you deal with any difficulties you may be experiencing.
Research has been carried out which suggests that talking about your feelings can help ease emotional pain.
If you feel you are ready to take the next step, please get in contact for a free, no obligation, confidential chat about what I can do to help you. You can call or txt me on 07500 838902 or alternatively you can email me or by visiting my website www.piecetopeacecounselling.co.uk and clicking on the web form on my contact page.