Laura Simmons - Counsellor & Psychotherapist - BSc(Hons), PGDip, MBACP
Why choose me:
I am a qualified and experienced Person-Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist providing a safe, ethical, confidential service, based in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
I specialise in working with individuals with complex mental health issues, but I also believe that having a confidential space to open up and talk to someone who’s not involved in your everyday life is potentially beneficial for everyone!
If you're struggling with life, feeling stressed, low or worried, I'd love to hear from you.
What happens after you contact me:
I will endeavour to get back in touch with you within 12 hours of your first contact, offering you an appointment within 10 working days.
I welcome email enquires or, if you’re comfortable speaking on the phone, I’m happy to offer a free introductory 20 minute call. This introductory email/phone contact is primarily for me to tell you a little bit more about myself and how I work, and for you to let me know what has prompted you to seek counselling. I know you might be nervous at the thought of getting in touch, that's to be expected, but hopefully I'll be able to put you at ease. This initial contact also allows us both to make sure I'm the best therapist to meet your needs before you make the financial commitment of booking in. After that, if you decide to go ahead, we can make an appointment for our first session.
Once you've booked in for a session, I will send you my "Information For Clients" document which I hope will contain all the details you'll need to know about your counselling with me.
Our first session:
Appointments usually take place from my office at home, a private space with parking available. However, at the moment, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, I'm not routinely offering in-person sessions. I'm happy to be able to offer counselling sessions via web-based video (we can discuss which one you'd prefer) or on the phone and I have completed robust post-qualification Certificate-level training to be able to effectively practice this way. Full information will be sent prior to your first appointment so that you can best prepare yourself for this "remote" working.
At our first appointment, I don't have a lot of paperwork to complete, just a simple contact form which is kept locked away so that all of your details remain completely confidential.
At the end of your first session we can discuss when you'd next like to meet. Some clients come twice weekly, others weekly or fortnightly. As we work together, driven by your needs, we can decide the frequency and the duration of your therapy. Some clients find that short-term work (up to 4 sessions) is enough, others need longer.
All sessions last 50-60 minutes.
How I work:
As a Person-Centred Counsellor I believe that you are the expert in your own life – it may not feel much like that just now, but only you know what you’ve experienced, how you feel and and, ultimately, which direction you wish to grow in. Person-Centred Counselling works by the two of us building a relationship of trust and respect, which will hopefully help you to open up and talk about whatever it is you want to bring. I will support you to explore how you’re feeling and, through that, help you find a way forward. It’s different from other types of therapy in that Person-Centred Counsellors don’t usually give advice or tell you what to do – rather I will support you to find coping strategies for yourself, if that’s what you’d like to do, or to better understand and come to terms with your past or current situation.
Privacy is, understandably, of utmost importance to my clients. We live in small communities here in rural Aberdeenshire and total confidentiality is absolutely essential. As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am committed to their Ethical Framework and am proud to uphold its rigorous standards.
Please get in touch if you have any questions, and I will do my best to answer them.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction)
- Post-Qualification Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
I have spent more than 20 years working in the field of Mental Health as a Support Worker, Mental Health Advocate, and Counsellor within a local Voluntary Agency. I currently combine my role as Manager and Staff Counsellor for One to One Counselling Service Deeside, with my thriving Private Practice.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Health At Every Size (HAES) informed
£45 per hour with payment due by BACS or PayPal.me within 24-hours of session completion.
I can offer a range of appointment times from Tuesday to Thursday, day times and evenings.