Laura Mearns BA (Hons) Registered MBACP, Humanistic Counsellor
Hello and welcome.
When considering counselling it can often be at a time when we feel a sense of confusion around our thoughts and feelings. Some experiences in life, both from the past and present, can leave us feeling stuck and unsure how to move forward. At times, we may feel worried about the future and how we will resolve our problems.
Having a confidential space to talk through the things that are troubling you, feeling listened to and understood can lead to new ways of managing difficulties. It can help you make sense of what you are experiencing, increasing confidence and self-esteem.
I offer a non-judgemental, compassionate and accepting environment in which to explore your concerns. It is also an opportunity to develop self-awareness, helping you make informed choices for yourself and finding ways of being in the world that are more meaningful to you. Counselling is a positive approach to becoming more connected to yourself and others and feeling more peaceful and in control of your life.
Taking the first step to access support can feel daunting but these fears are usually eased once started. It can also feel a positive step, taking action for oneself. I hope this has helped to reassure you but if you have any further questions or for more information about counselling please do not hesitate to call or email me.
How I work
I am trained in the Humanistic approach which combines Person-centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis models of therapy. This means, I believe that each person is a unique individual, will have their own way of perceiving the world and will naturally try to move towards a more fulfilling way of living. The model also acknowledges we are best able to work through problems in a genuine relationship and values the therapeutic relationship as a source of doing so. These natural tendencies for growth are enhanced and supported through applying therapeutic techniques.
We will work together to identify your goals or what you would like to get from coming to counselling so you feel clear about what to expect. This will also include a discussion on how many sessions you require. I can work in a short or long-term way and we can review this as we go.
I am a highly experienced counsellor employed with a local charitable organisation where I have been since 2010. I work with adults and young people providing individual counselling, therapeutic/ psychoeducational groups and clinical supervision for volunteer counsellors. I have worked extensively with people in areas such as, anxiety, depression, low mood, self- harm, anger, self-esteem, relationship issues and stress. I have in-depth knowledge of trauma related to childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic abuse. Other work includes counselling for alcohol and gambling addiction using brief solution focussed therapy and secondment to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (NHS) one day a week.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which sets ethical guidelines for the counselling I provide. I understand the importance of offering a quality service with high standards of care. I also hold the appropriate CRB/DBS checks to work with young people.
I can offer individual counselling for adults and young people.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Hons (1st) Humanistic Counselling (2013) University of Chichester
- Diploma Humanistic Counselling (2011) University of Chichester
- Certificate HE Integrative Counselling (2009) University of Southampton
- Level 2 counselling skills (2007)
Training and CPD
- Supervision in the helping professions
- Psycho-educational group-NSPCC
- Emotional coping skills (based on DBT)
- Gambling and alcohol addictions
- Safeguarding adults and young people
- Healing trauma
- Group work skills
- Domestic abuse
- Dynamic interpersonal therapy
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 £45 per 50-minute session. I offer an initial free 30 minute consultation so that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you and if you would like to continue your sessions with me.
This will also be an opportunity for you to identify any concerns you would like to bring and agree how we might work together. There is no obligation to continue after this if you do not wish to do so.
I am also able to offer a concession of £40 for those studying a counselling qualification so please feel free to enquire.
Due to the current situation with Covid19 I am offering telephone or zoom sessions as an alternative to face-to-face sessions. This would also include a 30 minute free consultation.
please take care of your health and safety at this time.
With best wishes
Concessions offered for
I run my practice from a central location just by Southampton Univeristy. It is a calm and comfortable room with views on to the garden.
You are welcome to email or call to discuss things further, although, I am not always able to answer your call straight away, if you would like to leave your details I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.
CONNECTIONS -Group for young adults 18-24 years old.
For young adults who would like to join others who may be experiencing similar difficulties in areas such as;
The group is held in highfield and runs for 1.5 hours each week. It is designed to give people an opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment whilst gaining a shared understanding of problems and developing coping strategies to manage the pathway from young adult to adult.
This is a therapeutic group and is facilitated by myself and counsellor Scott Willis who works for a charitable organisation in Southampton and runs a private practice locally.
The cost of a place on the group is £25 per week and we require 4 weeks in advance.
For more information or to book a consultation please contact or email laura (on the number above) or Scott 07395 130841