Laura Payne M.A, Dipl. Psych, UKCP, MBACP, Supvn
Confused, sad, overwhelmed by life’s issues and not sure which way to turn? Or looking for a new mindset to deal with the problems, hurts and anxieties that are weighing you down? The fact that you are here, seeking, suggests you’ve already made the hardest decision – that you want to change.
I believe that Talking Therapies is about finding creative paths forward. Whether you want to work mindfully with a particular issue short term over 8-10 counselling sessions or take your time to explore something much deeper, it is about taking that leap of faith and journeying into self. It’s the start of a great personal adventure of discovery, an investment in yourself.
My work is about creating the right environment for you, whether you are a man or woman, to feel safe and confident to unpick the complex issues that underpin your current dilemma. This is about working with you rather than forcing you into a particular theory. As an integrative therapist I’ve trained in the different approaches but I will call on these, such as CBT, Gestalt, or Mindfulness, as and when they are needed. I have an interest in Jungian theory and working with dreams, and have an Advanced Certificate in Dream Interpretation.
I suggest 10 sessions works well for tackling something short term or to establish the essential therapeutic relationship if you want to explore something in more depth. We will have a review at session 5 and 10 to ensure we are on the right tracks. If you have come for short term counselling we have a proper ending session at week 10 but you can proceed for a further amount of time if you feel that’s suitable for you.
My approach is flexible and nurturing, helping you find choices in your life again and a sense of empowerment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have private practices in West London, including areas around Paddington & Wimpole Street, W.1. I have been an Honorary Psychotherapist & Supervisor with the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, North London, working on an alcohol & addiction research project and I have run specialist forums for psychosis with Early Intervention Services (EIS).
I am a clinical supervisor and facilitator on staff at CCPE (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education)
I am a Mindfulness practitioner & author, having trained at Oxford University's Mindfulness Centre, I run Mindfulness programmes and I am a director in a business, Mindfulness Leadership, which works with businesses and organisations around the world.
I am a pastoral healer and a Reiki practitioner.
I abide by the ethical guidelines and code of practice of the professional bodies BACP and UKCP.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE): Transpersonal and Integrative
UKCP - on the register
MBACP - on the BACP register.
MBCT - Mindfulness based cognitive therapy practitioner and teacher - Oxford University Mindfulness Centre
M.A. - English & the Visual Arts
Certificate in Trauma Counselling
Advanced Dream Interpretation - CCPE/Dream Research Institute
Gestalt - group facilitator
Diploma in Supervision - CCPE
Bereavement Supervisor - Brent Bereavement Services
Clinical supervisor - Royal Free Hospital Addiction Research Counselling programme
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship issues, depression, confidence, communication issues, grief, loss, separation, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, dream work, holistic therapy, body therapy, depth psychology, soul-centred, Supervision
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Please call me so we can discuss this further. As a guideline in West London & Central London I charge £95. Depending on your circumstances I can offer reduced concessions. I also have occasional low cost counselling spaces.
I am a lifecoach and mentor. I have worked with business, organisations and the media for more than 20 years, specialising in communications.
I regularly run personal development training and group workshops.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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daytimes and evenings
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a qualified supervisor having trained on a UKCP recognised course, with a special interest in the integrative and transpersonal.