Laura Smith MBACP Dip. Integrative Counselling
Independent Therapy Solutions Ltd
9 Manor Street
Freshwell Health Centre
I am a warm and compassionate counsellor who offers support in safe and welcoming settings in Braintree town centre and the nearby village of Finchingfield. I offer counselling to anyone over the age of 16. I am a fully insured and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have particular interests in working with bereavement and loss, anxiety and low self-esteem.
We all struggle and feel low at times. Sometimes we know exactly what the problem is, other times it's not clear. I will work with you to get to the bottom of what is bothering you and help you to find a way to move forward with your life. This could take just a few sessions or it could be longer term work. As a humanistic integrative counsellor, I have studied and practised a range of therapeutic approaches and would draw on the techniques that best fit with you. Every person is unique and has had different experiences. My way of working can respond to that.
I offer an empathic and non-judgemental counselling relationship, where you can explore your feelings in ways you may not be able to with family or friends. I see my role as working with you at your own pace and in your own way so that you can perhaps begin to find your own resources and resilience. Counselling can sometimes be challenging and hard work - and enlightening and life changing - but it is always a responsible choice. Our work will always be confidential
Please contact me if you would like to book a session or for an informal chat about how we might be able to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Life-force Gold Books Standard)
- BACP Accredited Certificate in Integrative Counselling (Life-force Gold Books Standard)
- Diploma in Health and Social Care (Open University)
- Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
I have worked within a hospice, a residential home for young people experiencing homelessness and in private practice.
I continually strive for ethical practice and am committed to enhancing the service I am able to offer clients. This is achieved through ongoing supervision and continuing professional development, whereby I undertake additional training and attend relevant workshops.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are 50 minutes and take place weekly.
I charge £30 a session. I offer a limited amount of reduced rate sessions for NHS workers and clients on lower incomes. Please do ask.
I can offer daytime and evening appointments Monday-Friday and *Saturday mornings.(*available at Independent Therapy Solutions only).
I aim to reply to all telephone and email enquiries within 24 hours.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client