Laura Portsmouth Fda Registered MBACP
Get back the life you deserve!
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. Particularly if this pandemic has left you feeling that everyone else's problems must be worse than yours and that you have to struggle on alone. This is not the case, your feelings matter to me and need to be acknowledged and heard more so than they ever did.
I am now offering Walk and Talk therapy as another alternative to online counselling. I have found walking outside particularly beneficial for those who struggle to voice their feelings. Simply by feeling less pressured to speak, aided by the freedom and movement that being outdoors provides, lessens inhibitions and feelings of being stuck.
I am also continuing to offer zoom or telephone sessions whilst we are not able to have face to face indoor therapy.
If you are unfamiliar with zoom or have any questions regarding telephone, zoom or outdoor counselling, we can have a chat beforehand which is free of charge.
If somehow you feel ashamed, embarrassed or guilty for not being able to cope right now, maybe it would help to view accessing counselling as just the ultimate in self care instead...how beneficial it could be to get the help you need before you get to point of desperation and needing to see a doctor, why struggle on for longer than is necessary if you have noticed changes in your sleeping patterns, eating habits, level of motivation or loss of libido, these are all signs that something isn't right in your world. Maybe you are aware of suppressing unresolved feelings from previous trauma that you no longer feel able to contain. Please don`t suffer alone for any longer than you already have.
If you feel as though nobody really understands you, or are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, stressed and exhausted, when things are just too difficult to face anymore, when you are having relationship issues, family issues, sharing your feelings with me, a trained, unbiased person who only has your best interests at heart, 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. This may be the first and only time you will experience another person being completely on your side, interested in only you, valuing you and completely focused on only you. 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.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Being out in nature, gently moving at whatever pace feels right for you helps to release endorphins which leads to changes in your stress levels and physiology. This leads to feeling more motivated and able to shift your emotional state. Though your story maybe difficult to tell or even hear yourself say, the positive elements of enrichment and growth gained from being surrounded by nature encourages you to make the changes that perhaps you have been thinking about for a while. Instead of feeling drawn to making eye contact as happens in the therapy room and for some is quite daunting, moving forward and looking ahead can feel much more freeing. Walking alongside each other whilst still adhering to social distancing guidelines, can help to boost your immune system and research has proven that this very basic activity can help to reduce many symptoms of anxiety and depression.
I have particular experience 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. Having also faced many of life's challenges myself over the years including depression, bereavement and divorce I feel able to really be alongside you in your struggle.
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 you will not feel judged or criticised but simply given the time and space to be listened to and to work through your concerns. This leads to you gaining more clarity, acceptance, self-awareness and empowerment, thus enabling you to make substantial changes within yourself and how you see your place in the world. To explore aspects of your 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 your relationship, issues from your 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 found, therefore alleviating your feelings of worthlessness, 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.
I regard our relationship as sacred and would feel honoured to be the person you choose to share your story with. Give me a call on 07800 512918 or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange our first meeting.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
(I am unable to offer indoor face to face therapy at the moment nor until the current restrictions and government guidelines change).
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 £40 for our first meeting where we can decide if we feel we can work together in further sessions.
A fee of £50 for every 60-minute session thereafter.
Bank transfer is only possible at the moment and paid before each session.
Concessions offered for
I am available, weekdays, weekends and evenings for Walk and Talk or Online/Telephone sessions.
I am unable to offer home visits until the current restrictions are lifted.
A recent review from a client:
"Before working with Laura, I had never gone to any kind of counselling and didn't know what to expect. I decided to seek help after my anxiety became progressively worse, and I found I was struggling more and more to cope with these feelings. In our first sessions, we were able to explore things in my past that I had never considered to be a big issue and link them to my ways of managing my stress in my current life. My experience was so insightful and allowed me to see clearly how I had developed negative ways of dealing with stress. I have found my time working with Laura to be so empowering and it has helped me identify things about myself I never knew and it has empowered me enough to work towards a life I now know I want to pursue. I feel happier and healthier than I have done in a long time and I am excited to pursue my future with more confidence and less self doubt.
Quote from Charles Darwin:
"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".