Laura Searles Counsellor - Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
If you are reading this then you are contemplating moving forward, despite whatever difficulties you are facing. It can be an anxious time deciding which counsellor to go for however I can offer you a safe, caring and confidential environment to explore the issues and emotions you may be struggling with. It can all feel overwhelming at times, however, having a regular non-judgmental space to understand yourself can be hugely transformational.
Often difficult past experiences, traumas and relationship problems can be buried and then triggered in the present when there are more challenging circumstances. I will work at your pace, providing a safe space to explore what is troubling you. Putting down the weight you are carrying and sharing the load can often feel like a relief.
It may feel hard to find yourself amongst the turbulence of life, however having a space to talk without judgement can be really powerful. It can facilitate a more in-depth understanding and awareness of yourself. This will then support you to work towards a more fulfilling and peaceful life.
Counselling is more important than ever with the ongoing pandemic, having regular sessions remotely can be very beneficial and supportive in helping to manage how you are feeling and what has been triggered by this unsettling time.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor qualified to Post Graduate Advanced Diploma level and an accredited member of the BACP.
I have had many years experience working for a counselling agency providing both short term and open ended counselling. I currently work with GP referred patients and private clients online or via the telephone.
I work alongside University Students championing their wellbeing and promoting positive mental health. I have also worked in a family support organisation supporting parents and families facing challenges.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and bound by its ethics and practice. I am focused on ongoing professional development and receive regular clinical supervision.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience and an interest in areas such as: Anxiety, Trauma, Parenting issues, Finding your authentic self, Loss and bereavement, Critical inner voice, Imposter syndrome and Boundaries (self-care and relational).
During this pandemic I have moved my practice to online via zoom sessions or on the telephone. I work during the day and my availability is changeable. Once you make contact I can let you know which slots are available and hopefully we can find a match that is suitable for both of us.
Concessions offered for
I charge £45 per 50 minute session
Discounts are available for trainee counsellors and students.
I have daytime spaces available, I can let you know more details once you make contact
If you would like to get in touch and find out more please email me and we can arrange for a phone conversation or a first session. We can discuss what brings you to counselling and how you would like to progress.