Laura McGuinness Dip/P.g.Dip, MBACP
Jesmond Therapy Centre
7 Holly Avenue West
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with 5 years experience within NHS primary care, private practice and the charity sector. I offer individual therapy for a wide variety of issues. I am currently based at Jesmond Therapy Centre, Newcastle.
As an integrative therapist I combine a number of therapeutic modalities to tailor therapy to your needs. I hope to provide you with skills and techniques that will help you to deal with the challenges that life sometimes throws. I work relationally and believe that what goes on between us in the room can be therapeutic in itself. In my work I will offer you the opportunity to be safe, understood, and heard while we work with your story.
I am a humanistic and person centred therapist which means that I value you the client at the heart of my work, and believe that everyone has the capacity to change and progress. We can all get lost along the way at times, and professional therapy can give you the support you need to develop self-awareness, modify unhelpful patterns, and make positive changes to your life.
Some people enter therapy knowing what they need to work through, others don’t. You may just have a feeling that something is not quite right. Regardless of what leads you to therapy I will meet you with warmth, empathy, understanding, and a genuine interest in whatever you bring.
Deciding on a therapist can be overwhelming and arriving at a first session can be anxiety provoking. Trust that you will be welcomed in a warm sensitive and open way, without judgement or preconceptions, and with an understanding of the thoughts and feelings that may currently be making life difficult for you. If you are nervous and feel like you would benefit from an informal phone call or email before we meet to discuss my ways of working or to get to know me, please get in touch and this can be arranged.
I offer both short and long-term work with a wide range of issues, some of the most common include:
- Anger Management
- Work Stress
- Study Stress
- Trauma (Recent and/or Historic)
- Relationship Issues
- Family Difficulties
- Sexuality Issues
I offer telephone, internet and Skype therapy through a trusted and BACP approved service, please contact me for more information about this.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have
known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
and have found their way out of those depths.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
All of my counselling and psychotherapy qualifications were attained at Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- In House Counsellor, NHS Primary Care (2011-2015) - Successfully worked with a wide range of issues and clients, both short and long term.
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Turning Point (2014-2015) - Telephone counselling with those in long-term unemployment, where physical and mental health issues created barriers to work.
- Therapist, WHiST (2015-2016) - Long Term therapy in women only service. Working with women with a history of domestic and sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, and childhood trauma, amongst other issues.
- Associate Intern, Northern Guild of Psychotherapy & Counselling (2015-2016) - Working in Private Practice with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, low self-esteem and work stress.
MSc Psychotherapy (2015-2017)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (2015)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2014)
Sandy Murray Memorial Award 2016 (Psychologists Protection Society)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Jungian therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
£40 per 50 minute session.
I offer some discounted rates dependent on personal circumstances, please contact me for more details.
My MSc in Psychotherapy is ongoing and my research subject is Archetypal Imagery. I have a special interest in Jungian Psychology, and creative methods within therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|