Laura Potts Registered Member MBACP(Accred)
I offer a professional and confidential counselling service which is conveniently based in Barnstaple Town centre. I have worked as a counsellor for many years within the NHS, the Youth sector, the Voluntary sector, Private practice and as a School Counsellor. Most of my work is with individuals but I have also worked with small groups, EAPs and other organisations. My experience is varied and extensive and I have worked with a whole range of ages and issues.
Counselling- how can it help?
Because counselling is a process, you will have time to carefully consider the nature of your issues and together we will explore the changes that are possible in order to improve your life and wellbeing. By meeting regularly, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns and worries in confidence and to decide what the best course of action is for you. Counselling can help whether your issue is relatively new, or something from the past that you have lived with for a long time.
What sort of issues can counselling help with?
People usually seek counselling when they are experiencing suffering or distress in their lives. Examples could include life issues such as bereavement, redundancy, divorce, health difficulties and many others. Some people are very aware of the cause of their distress but many others have lived with a general feeling of anxiety or depression for a very long time and don't know why. Others may have experienced trauma as a child or through events such as a traffic accident and are still living with the impact of this on their lives now.
For others, there may be an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction with their life, or a struggle with identity, self-esteem or spirituality.
It could be that confidence is an issue for you causing problems with relationships, interviews or maybe you feel you have under-achieved throughout your life.
Counselling can help with all these difficulties and many more.
What to expect from your initial enquiry.
With your initial enquiry, I'll just ask you for a brief outline of why you want to come for counselling. This is to clarify what best suits your needs and to discuss suitable appointment times. I am very happy to answer any queries and discuss any concerns you may have. If I'm unable to take your call, please leave your name and contact number and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be assured that you may leave a message in complete confidence.
What to expect at our first session
I use the initial session to help clarify the nature of your difficulties, discover what you would like to be different in your life, and how counselling can help you with this. We then look at how frequently to meet and how long the counselling might last for. As a guide, I offer six sessions but review this with you on a regular basis to ensure it still meets your needs.
Our session will last up to an hour and at the end of this appointment we will have discussed how often we will meet and where to focus on although sometimes it can take another session to be clear on this.
When does the counselling end?
Basically, counselling ends when we both get a sense that you are feeling better about whatever it is that has brought you to therapy. My role is also about helping you to find the right "tools" or resources, so that even when our work together ends, you leave feeling better equipped in your life.
How I work.
I listen attentively to all that you discuss with me and then share my reflections and thoughts with you. This can be a bit like me holding up a mirror so that you can see things from a different perspective. This is helpful because when we are anxious or depressed, we can have a distorted image of ourselves and the world around us. My job is to help you become clear about what your struggles are, what you want to do about it, and to discover what's possible and what isn't.
However, for some people who are living with bereavement or loss, my role is much more about offering the time and space you need to deal with your grief and help you to cope with the impact this has had on your life.
Above all, I am committed to my work with you and believe that the process of counselling can improve your wellbeing, happiness, and help to restore inner turmoil.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CSCT Certificate in Counselling Skills- 1999
- CSCT Certificate in Counselling Theory-1999
- DipHe in Integrative Counselling -2001
- Post Qualifying Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People-2005
- Certificate of Completion (96hrs) of Somatic Trauma Therapy Training -2013
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training-2014
- CPCAB-Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision-2015
I have also completed extensive training and have experience in:
-CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
-Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Stress Reduction
-Childhood Trauma and dissociative disorders.
I have a particular interest in:
-Reducing anxiety and stress
-Wellbeing and Mindfulness.
-I also have experience working with depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and identity and with young people.
I am a registered accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics and Ethical Framework. I am committed to ongoing professional development and have regular supervision for my work.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a strong interest in Wellbeing and the impact our lifestyle has on our mood. To this end, if you are happy to do so, I spend some time exploring your nutrition, sleep pattern, leisure & interests, relationships and other areas which are proven to impact on our emotional health in a positive and lasting way. What's great about this, is it means we can do a lot to help ourselves and often, with just small changes.
My fee is £45 per session for individuals.
I offer concessions for trainee counsellors.
My premises are within Barnstaple Town Centre and convenient for public transport. There are numerous car parks in the nearby vicinity.
I welcome your enquiries and am happy to discuss and clarify any questions you may have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have currently have sessions available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supportive and collaborative supervision and my aim is to assist you in your development and help you attend to the therapeutic needs of your clients. I am an accredited member of BACP and have been practising for over 18 years. I believe in offering a user-led supervision service and will therefore work with you in a way that respects your supervision needs. I am integratively trained which means I am able to accommodate a whole range of modalities in the supervisory relationship.View supervision profile