Laura O'Brien MBACP Counsellor

Laura O'Brien MBACP Counsellor

The Labyrinth Centre
43-47 Middle Hillgate

07515006274 / 07515006274

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The Labyrinth Centre
43-47 Middle Hillgate

07515006274 / 07515006274

About me

Are you overwhelmed by issues you feel you can’t solve?  Do you want to feel more in control of your life and move forward in order to experience greater satisfaction and contentment.

Or maybe drugs, alcohol and other forms of addiction have become a way of coping with life’s difficulties or a way of blanking out and suppressing negative thoughts and emotions which may be causing you distress.

Therapy can be a way of exploring these issues at a deeper level in a safe environment, where you can feel really listened to and in my experience ‘really hear yourself’

Anxiety, depression, fears, low self-esteem can all impact on our everyday life and can create ‘walls’ we feel we cannot break down.  Whatever struggles, big or small which are causing you distress, I will provide a safe comfortable environment where you can have the space and security to discuss you deepest emotions and fears. A space where you will not feel judged or ashamed but valued and listened to.

I tailor my approach to therapy to ensure it suits an individual’s needs.  Ensuring I utilise all my skills and experience to meet the clients best interests.  At times we will review our work during the counselling process to ensure you are moving forward and in the direction you desire.

I am a fully qualified counsellor with over 10 years of experience working with individuals in order for them to explore their emotions at a deeper level which will enable them to move forward.  Together we can gain an understanding to why these emotions are having such a negative impact on your well-being and empower yourself to move forward.

I am also a fully qualified Substance Misuse Practitioner.  I have years of experience working with clients struggling with addictions and also families and carers of these individuals.  I have the skills and knowledge to offer you practical support alongside talking therapy.

I treat every client I meet as an individual and strongly believe everyone is unique and has the ability within themselves to make changes in order to live a more fulfilled life without the need for substances.  Having an addiction does not define a person it can just be a, negative coping strategy or a habit which has developed in order to mask some deeper issue or fear.

If you want a therapist who can empathise, understand and be passionate for an individual to recover then rest assured I will walk alongside you through this difficult time.

I offer brief and long term therapy for adults and young people over the age of 14.  If you have any questions or would like to arrange a session please feel free to contact me.

NOTE - I would highly recommend that if you are experiencing any current addictions that therapy is only undertaken in conjunction with simultaneous engagement with local addiction services.

Training, qualifications & experience


I am a person centred therapist who is able to tap into other forms of therapy and holistic approaches to ensure I offer a tailored service to each client.  I have experience of working with young people from the age of 14 years and adults.

My main areas of experience include working with Addictions, Abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), relationship issues, Childhood issues or trauma, Sexuality issues, bereavement, low self-esteem, confidence and many more.

I have the experience of working with many clients dealing with depression, anxiety and all the symptoms which can come with this such as panic attacks.   Clients who may have eating disorders or body dysmorphia.   Individuals living with Mental Health conditions for example Personality disorders, Bi-polar, self-harm and PTSD.

I have experience, counselling staff in the occupational Health Division within the NHS.  Young persons and adult drug and alcohol services and other community based counselling services.

Qualifications and Training

  • Level 4 Diploma in Theory and Practice of Counselling
  • Level 3 certificate in counselling skills
  • Level 3 Tackling Substance Misuse Practitioners Award
  • Motivational Interviewing Practitioners Award
  • KUF Personality Disorder training
  • Attachment Training
  • Family Intervention training
  • Family focussed peer support training various recovery courses such as – Living with psychosis, Living with Personality Disorder, Living with Bi-polar, living with eating disorders, living with Self-harm etc.
  • I am always up to date with any mandatory training such as – safeguarding vulnerable adults, Safeguarding Children, data protection, Equality and Diversity.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Individual therapy for adults, young people (aged 14 onward) and couples.
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Staff support within organisations
  • Drug/ alcohol information and awareness
  • I also accept EAP referrals

Member organisations




I offer a free 30 minute telephone conversation so we can discuss your needs and you can decide if you would like to book a session:

£35 - £40 per 50 mins for individuals

£20- £25 per 30 mins for Motivational Interviewing sessions.  Please ask about reduced rates for block sessions.

There may be additional costs for any correspondence or reports requested.


I have a private Practice and work from my office on Fridays in Stockport.  This is ideally located close to all amenities and transport links.  I can offer appointments between the hours of 9 am up to 8 pm.

I am within easy reach from Central Manchester, Marple, Glossop, Cheadle, Wilmslow, Didsbury, Chorlton and other surrounding areas.

There is free parking available at the rear of the building.

Please feel free to call or email me with any queries you may have.  If I am unable to answer please leave a voicemail with your contact details and I will get back to you ASAP.

Further information

I continuously update my training to enhance the therapy I offer my clients.

I am a registered member of the BACP. I am fully and comprehensively insured.

I hold a current and up to date DBS.

Maps & Directions

Stockport, SK1 3DG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme