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About me

I'm passionate about helping mums find their way. Many of the mums I work with feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, often questioning if they are suffering from postnatal depression or if they should just pull themselves together and get on with it.

I believe our society greatly undervalues the work that mothers do. During the pandemic, postnatal depression has soared from 15% to 40% and it's no wonder when many of the normal support networks, both professional and social, have been stripped away. Birth trauma has also increased which for many can lead to anxiety or a sense of detachment, and intense feelings of grief and loss.

The transition to motherhood can bring up all sorts of feelings. Maybe we were used to being in control of our lives and suddenly we are face with a small human who does not behave by the book? Maybe motherhood is not what we expected? Maybe there are things we miss about our old lives while still adoring our children? Or maybe we are struggling to make a connection with the beautiful baby in front of us?

Whatever you are struggling with, I hope to provide a sanctuary for you in my therapy room, where you will feel safe and comfortable, enabling us to go on a journey together to understand your current situation, and make some changes to help you feel better.

Who I work with

I predominantly work with mums who are suffering from low mood, postnatal depression and anxiety, or who simply want to change things.

I pull together theories from cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt), psychodynamic and humanistic therapies to meet my clients' needs. I am also a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor and can support families with breastfeeding, combination feeding, and infant sleep if they need it.

Contact me

If you like the sound of how I work, I'd love to talk to you - email me to arrange your first session laura@westkentcounsellor.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Inter Psyche Institute. I am registered with the counsellors' ethical body - the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and have full professional liability insurance.

In addition to my private counselling practice, I have worked as a counsellor for Mid Kent Mind providing affordable therapy.

I am also a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor and have worked with new families for many years, covering breast and bottle feeding, infant sleep and adjusting to parenting.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & 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

Parenting support, postnatal support, breastfeeding grief and trauma.

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

I charge £60 per 50 minute session.

Availability

I am currently full but you can email me if you'd like to be notified when I next have availability for new clients.

Further information

I can offer COVID secure face to face sessions or Zoom sessions.

116 St. Johns Hill
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 3PD

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Laura Shtaingos MBACP

Laura Shtaingos MBACP