Laura Monk MBACP (Accred), PhD
I am a BACP registered/accredited counsellor & psychotherapist, trained in the person-centred approach. I practise in London, Bedford and Nottingham in comfortable and dedicated therapy spaces. I also offer counselling by telephone/Skype.
My practice is anchored in quality training and education: a BA in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is my core approach; a Master's in psychology; and a PhD in psychology and behavioural sciences. This level of education has equipped me with knowledge and understanding of issues at a deep level and the ability to recognise multiple factors involved in complex problems.
I have a wealth of experience in a number of areas: in addiction and other trauma-related behaviour resulting from family dysfunction and abuse, particularly psychological/emotional abuse such as bullying, mental cruelty, oppression, coercive control, etc.
I have worked as a therapist in: the NHS; a youth counselling service; an agency for survivors of child sexual abuse; a specialised women's domestic abuse service; men's prisons on addiction treatment programmes; a centre for the homeless; and an exclusive residential treatment centre.
My way of working:
As a humanistic therapist, my way of working is relational and existential. I focus on processes in the here-and-now, and use the therapeutic relationship to understand other relationships. I understand the therapeutic space as a microcosm of clients' lives - what happens in the therapeutic process is often what happens outside of it too. Recognising and understanding these processes involving behaviours, thoughts and feelings can help clients make changes in order to move towards a more authentic way of being, and to create more meaning and purpose in life.
I work hard to create the right conditions for growth and change, which involves connecting with clients, building a good therapeutic relationship, respecting my clients' autonomy and capacity for self-growth, and helping to foster self-sufficiency and agency. am a reliable, ethical and competent practitioner, offering the possibility of in-depth relational work at a level that produces good results.
How counselling can help:
Talking really helps. Verbalising the thoughts and feelings that go around in our heads can bring clarity and insights where previously there was confusion and a lack of understanding. Being understood by another human being, feeling accepted for who we really are, and being able to be our real selves without judgment can lead to a sense of freedom and power. Being in a therapeutic relationship can help us to work on issues that prevent us being the best versions of ourselves that we can be and, so, we can more easily reach our potential when addressing the things that get in the way for us.
What to expect in your first counselling session:
If you contact me and make an appointment for counselling, our first session will be a form of introduction for both of us. You will see how it feels to talk to me and whether you think that I am the right counsellor for you - it is important that there is a psychological contact so a 'good fit' is necessary. I will ask you some questions to make sure that I am competent to work with your issues and to assess the appropriateness of our working together. The session will usually last for 50 minutes and, if we decide that we will work together, then we will decide on the regular day and time, and how long we might expect the therapy to last for. It will be either be short-term work or long-term therapy with regular 6-10 weekly reviews. I always ask for payment in advance by BACS. See below for fees.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (1st class from University of Warwick)
- MSc Psychology
- PhD Psychology & Behavioural Sciences
- Counselling Supervision Diploma from Lindum College
I have experience of counselling in:the NHS (psychological services at University Hospital, Coventry), Face2Face Counselling Service (children and young people), Safeline, Warwick (survivors of child sexual abuse), Coventry Haven (specialist women's domestic abuse service), RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners' Trust) and Bayberry (addiction treatment centre).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Coercive control
- Mother-child separation
- Mother-child reunion
- Maternal alienation
- Parental alienation
Fees for Nottingham, Bedford and London and Skype/telephone
(Tuesdays in Nottingham, Thursdays in Bedford and Fridays in London, Skype flexible)
1-2-1 (50 minutes ) costs £60 in Nottingham and Bedford, and £75 in London
Couples/families sessions (90 minutes) costs £120 in Nottingham and Bedford, and £150 in London
Therapy by phone/Skype: £60 for 50 minutes
All fees are payable in advance by BACS
Intensive therapy weekends start from £450
£90 for 1.5 hours supervision in Notts, £120 in London, £75 by Skype (concessions for students)
I am also a counselling tutor on the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice at University of Nottingham, which means that I have a particular understanding of students' issues, e.g. anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, isolation, low self-esteem and confidence, relationship problems, food issues, alcohol/substance misuse.
Additionally, I am a researcher and consultant in coercive control. My doctoral research investigated how to improve professionals' responses to mothers separated from their children in a context of domestic violence and abuse and I offer consultancy to mothers in such situations, e.g. mothers fighting for custody when coercive controllers use the family courts as a platform to continue abuse, control and intimidate. I regularly speak at seminars and conferences in this field - see me on Twitter @drlauramonk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays/Tuesdays in Nottingham, Wednesdays/Thursdays in Bedford, and Fridays in London. I offer flexibility with appointments by Skype/Zoom, and intensive therapy weekends in Bedford.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer consultative supervision to a wide range of practitioners, especially those working at the intersection of health and social care, domestic abuse and family law.