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.
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
My fees are £65 per 50 minute session. 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. Before meeting, I am also very happy to have a conversation on the phone and answer any other queries you may have.