Laura MacWilliams

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Available for new clients
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Petersfield GU31 & Southsea PO4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you feeling 'stuck'? Are you struggling with anxiety and stress or any other life challenges? Counselling can give you the confidential space and support to explore these issues.

I am client-led which means that I will ask you what you want to work on. Some of my clients arrive with a specific goal in mind, whereas others come to therapy with no clear or fixed outcome; Either is a great start!

We might have general discussions about how you're feeling. We might also talk about things like current and past relationships, your childhood & situations or events that you find challenging.

What’s the first session like?

In the first session my main focus is to get to know you and to gain a clear understanding of why you are seeking therapy. The first session also gives you the chance to meet me and to decide if I am the right therapist for you. I will guide you through the expectations of therapy whilst also explaining the important bits, like confidentiality.

This is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions and decide whether I am the right person for you. There is no obligation to continue therapy; I do not believe in keeping people in therapy any longer than they need, whilst balancing this with helping them leave therapy when they feel confident in doing so.

What will we work on?

Some clients come to therapy with something specific they want to work on; this might be a specific situation they feel 'stuck' on, a phobia, or finding ways to improve low mood. 

Some clients don't want to 'work on' anything. If you are seeking a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings, free from judgement, I offer this too. 

Will I just talk about my problems or will I learn skills & tools?

It's important not to underestimate the power of expressing oneself and talking through events and concerns that you may not have verbally processed before. Sometimes clients develop a deeper self-awareness through exploring aspects of themselves which they might not have noticed.

I offer gentle CBT techniques which such as mindfulness. I also incorporate Sensorimotor techniques which can be helpful for clients who have experienced Trauma.

Training, qualifications & experience

I’m a qualified counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have a specific interest in working with clients who have experienced Birth Trauma, recurrent miscarriage, and other pregnancy related issues. 

I began my career 15 years ago working in a number of Social care roles, including for Portsmouth Family Intervention Project, Southampton City Council and Southern Domestic Abuse.

I am inspired by the extraordinary people I have met throughout my career, who have had the courage to talk and seek help in order to make positive and meaningful changes. 

Formal Qualifications

- DipHe Humanistic Counselling - University of Portsmouth

- Level 3 Person-Centred Counselling - Southampton City College

- Registered member of the British association of counselling & Psychotherapy

Member organisations

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

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£48.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer an initial appointment which will give you the chance to decide if I am the right Counsellor for you. This can be done either over the phone or in person. Initial phone calls are free of charge. For an in-person initial appointment I ask for payment in advance of £5.00. 

All subsequent appointments are charged at £48 per 50 minute session.

Online counselling is charged at £37 per 50 minute session.

Please feel free to ask me about concession rates.

When I work

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Worcester House, 4 Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4JD

Southsea, Hampshire, PO4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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