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 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.
Our first session:
Appointments take place either from my office at home, or from a sub-let office in central Aboyne. Both are accessible private spaces with parking available.
Our first session together will be primarily for you to let me know what has prompted you to seek counselling. I know you might be nervous, that's to be expected, but hopefully I'll be able to put you at ease. 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
With a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction), I have spent almost 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 work in Private Practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Health At Every Size (HAES) informed
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£40-50 per hour depending on time of appointment and availablity of venue (I work from an office at home as well as a sub-let property in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer a range of appointment times from Tuesday to Thursday daytimes and evenings, and also Saturday mornings.
Types of client