Laura Portsmouth Fda Registered MBACP
Hello and Welcome,
Firstly, congratulations on finding the courage to take the first step towards seeking help, which is often the most difficult one to take.
Do you feel as though nobody really understands you? When you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, stressed and exhausted, when things are just too difficult to face anymore, when you are having relationship issues, counselling can help untangle and alleviate these initial feelings simply by not feeling alone anymore. If you’re feeling anxious, less patient, less tolerant and more frustrated – that’s stress showing up in your life and relationships. When we’re stressed we can’t respond in the ways we’d want to, which makes us feel worse about our ability to cope. On top of this, when stress or anxiety last for a period of time, physical health problems can be caused or worsened.
I believe our relationship is crucial in facilitating change. Therefore, I offer you a safe, calm, trusting, respectful, non-judgemental and accepting environment for us to work together to free you from the issues causing your distress.
I am experienced in working with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, lack of confidence, relationship, family and childhood issues, terminal illness, bereavement and any kind of loss.
How I work
I believe everyone has the capacity to reach their full potential or to be the person they want to be. I offer a warm, empathic, genuine and sensitive approach, where my client is not judged or criticised but simply given the time and space to be listened to and to work through their concerns. This leads to the client gaining more clarity, acceptance, self-awareness and empowerment, thus enabling them to make substantial changes within themselves and how they see their place in the world. To explore aspects of their life causing the concern, distress and anxiety and getting to the root cause of the anxiety helps to alleviate it. Whether it be problems in their relationship, issues from their past or at their workplace or just an overall feeling of discontentment, the aim is to find a new perspective from which new choices may be possible, therefore alleviating their feelings of helplessness, frustration and unhappiness.
I aspire to treat each person as the unique individual that they are, embracing difference and diversity and upholding the vital values of integrity, respect, competence, resilience and humility that I feel are imperative in allowing a strong therapeutic relationship to develop. Confidentiality is also extremely important between us and is something I adhere to and take very seriously to ensure your trust in me is upheld. Only in circumstances where I feel yours, or another person’s safety is threatened, would I have to consult with you regarding confidentiality being broken.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained an FDA in Humanistic Counselling through the University of Greenwich and incorporate the Person-Centred and Existential approaches, always putting the client at the centre of my focus in a relational manner.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and fully embrace their ethical framework within my practice. To view more from the BACP website, please click here.
During my training my placements were at Send Women`s Prison and The Royal Surrey Hospital. Since then I have volunteered at a Doctor`s surgery in Woking and Parent-Time In Guildford and have also worked as a volunteer counsellor at The Fountain Centre Cancer unit at The Royal Surrey.
During this time I also ran my own private practice and am experienced in dealing with a diverse selection of clients suffering from issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem/confidence, bereavement, domestic violence, relationship problems, emotional abuse, terminal illness and stress to name a few.
I am obligated as your counsellor to receive regular supervision as required by the BACP code of ethics. The purpose being to ensure a professional and ethical standard of working is maintained and upheld throughout our working relationship.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
I work from a safe and confidential space in my home, with ample parking just outside.
It is important that the boundaries of our professional relationship are upheld, therefore our sessions will need to start and end at the agreed time.
An initial consultation fee of £30 for our first meeting where we can decide if we feel we can work together in further sessions.
A fee of £40 for every 60-minute session thereafter.
I also offer home visits for an initial session of £35 and thereafter £45 per 60 minute home visit.
Cheques or cash are accepted and paid at the end of each session.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change".
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available, weekdays, weekends and early evenings. I can also offer home visits.
Types of client