Laura Marsden

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BSc (Hons), Postgraduate Psychotherapy Diploma, MBACP.
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Birmingham B14 & B30
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

About my experience

I understand how visible and hidden stresses as well as changing circumstances within our lives can often result in difficult experiences which impact on our mental and physical health.  My experience is in working with adults and young people, individually on a range of presenting issues including trauma, trauma related issues or symptoms (such as PTSD), anxiety, depression, personality adaptations or disorders, as well as other mental health symptoms.   I have experience of working with relationship issues, family issues and also bereavement, grief and loss.  In addition to this I am aware of how to work with neurodiversity within the therapeutic setting.  I provide a welcoming and safe space for clients to explore any concerns and symptoms relating to their current life experiences.  I recognise the importance of enabling clients to understand their presenting issues within the context of their daily lives and their relationships.  As I am a member of UKCP and BACP, I refer to both codes of ethics and use these as a guide when working with all individuals.  

About my practice 

Through working with people of varying backgrounds and abilities I have a good understanding how psychotherapy can be useful for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.  My psychotherapy training is in 'Transactional Analysis from an Integrative Perspective', through completing a level 7 postgraduate psychotherapy diploma and a certificate in Trauma Informed Practice.  Within therapy sessions I work with individuals using transactional analysis from a relational understanding as well as integrative perspective, in addition to this I practice using a trauma informed approach.  I find this is useful as often clients may be unaware of the physical, emotional and mental impact of some of their more difficult life experiences.  I work with individuals to provide greater context and understanding of presenting issues and the impact these issues may have on them emotionally, mentally and physically;  through looking at current issues and creating a safe space to explore the impact of significant previous experiences.  Where appropriate, I offer psychotherapeutic resources to support clients with in their daily lives.   I work with individual clients in either a face to face setting or remotely.  Although, I generally find face to face therapy is more effective for establishing a working relationship of most benefit to the client.       

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Member of BACP (MBACP) and UKCP.
  • Level 7 Postgraduate Psychotherapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis from an Integrative Perspective.  Completed with the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy. 
  • Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice - Completed with the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy. 
  • Working for a charity as a Young Person and Children's counsellor and therapist. 
  • Working in a role assessing individuals for counselling and psychotherapy  within a large counselling charity.
  • Childline Volunteer Counsellor. 
  • Good understanding of Autistic Spectrum Conditions and experience of working with both adults and young people with ASC's.
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Adults.
  • Experience of own personal therapy. 
  • Certificate in walk and talk therapy

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

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I work with adults individually and currently have availability for short term (minimum 6 sessions) or longer term contracts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday daytimes.  There are a limited number of evening sessions available.  Please get in contact for current availability or to book an initial/assessment session which is 50 minutes long (cost £50 per session).  I also have a couple of free times during the week for an introductory phone call (lasting 5 -10 minutes) if required please either use the book intro button at the top of the page or send an email enquiry for a possible time. 

When I work

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Further information

I carry out initial sessions for individuals to see if my approach is suitable for them and to create an agreement of how we can work together.  It also provides an opportunity to understand more about the benefits of psychotherapy when working with varying presenting issues such as trauma, anxiety and depression and other mental health presentations.  During a first session I am likely to inquire about current presenting issues, general well being and any expectations or motivations for therapy.   As well as beginning  to explore the ways in which therapy may be beneficial and supportive. 

Initial sessions lasting 50 minutes (cost £50) where presenting issues can be discussed at length and also where possible contracts are explored and where information is given and acquired for therapy to continue.  Subsequent therapy sessions cost from £50 for daytime sessions and from £55 for evening sessions.  While short term contracts are for a minimum of 6 sessions, longer term contracts can be open ended. 

Birmingham, West Midlands, B14

Birmingham, West Midlands, B30

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Online platforms

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