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BA (Hons) Law, MA , MBACP (Registered)

About me

Laura Levy, BA (Hons) Law, MA, MBACP

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

I am an integrative therapist, offering a professional and confidential counselling/psychotherapy service from therapy rooms in the Wimbledon area (SW18,SW19,SW15) and the City of London (EC2). I am also a qualified lawyer and previously worked as a solicitor, specialising in all areas of family law.

The therapy process

I offer both short and longer term therapy depending on your circumstances. At the start, it is sometimes difficult to know exactly what you need from counselling or exactly how many sessions you require. An initial assessment session is an opportunity to meet each other and for you to ask questions about me and counselling in general. It is also an opportunity for me to understand what you need help with and learn a little about your past experience.

I adopt an integrative, relational approach to my work which means I draw on different counselling theories when helping you but prioritise the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship within which you can explore and talk about your feelings and all aspects of your life. Often, this involves looking at difficulties in the past as well as the present, which can lead to greater understanding as to how problems have developed and increased self-awareness. With greater awareness, you may be able to manage problems more easily or find ways of changing patterns of behaviour.

How to find me

I am based in the Wimbledon area, equidistant from Wimbledon and Putney stations using the 93 bus route and also accessible from Southfields. There is parking available at my Wimbledon room.

In the City, my room in Tokenhouse Yard is a few minutes walk from Bank tube station.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton's Psychology Department and I am currently a visiting clinical supervisor on this Masters course. I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018.

In the past, I have worked with clients at a well established counselling agency where I saw clients weekly and carried out assessments of clients coming to the agency. I worked on a voluntary basis at this agency which accepts clients from a variety of referrers, such as universities, NHS hospitals and GPs. In my agency work and my private practice, I work with a broad range of clients (from students and young people to older clients) with a variety of different issues and presenting symptoms.

Additionally, I am a qualified lawyer and whilst working originally as a solicitor, I specialised in all aspects of family law and have experience of developing relationships with people at very difficult times in their lives. I understand the complicated dynamics of family life, parenthood, partnerships and marriages and the distress which can occur when relationships break down. I have a particular interest in the difficulties we all experience in forming and sustaining relationships.

I have significant experience of the voluntary sector, having worked as a volunteer in a prison setting and also as a probation service mentor for vulnerable adults and young people.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £65 per 50 minute session but I offer a free initial telephone conversation. Our initial meeting usually lasts for 60 to 90 minutes for which I also charge £65. This meeting will allow us to decide whether we think we can work together. 

When I work

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Further information

I have therapy rooms in Bank (City of London) and Wimbledon, SW19. Following government guidance, I am returning to in person sessions with safety measures in place but I continue to offer online sessions, depending on your preference. Initially, I like to have a chat on the phone to get to know you and then I offer a paid but extended first assessment session, online or in person. After that I recommend a further five, consecutive sessions to allow you to get a feel for what it is like to be in therapy, and then a review session. The assessment session is an opportunity for us both to get to know each other and ask questions.

Wimbledon, London, SW19

12 Tokenhouse Yard, London, EC2R 7AS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My therapy room in Wimbledon is accessible for wheelchair users.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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