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About me

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Additional information

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.


daytimes and evenings

Further information

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.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Languages offered



Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a qualified supervisor having trained on a UKCP recognised course, with a special interest in the integrative and transpersonal.

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Laura Payne M.A, Dipls. Adv., Psych, UKCP, MBACP, Supvn

Laura Payne M.A, Dipls. Adv., Psych, UKCP, MBACP, Supvn