Laura Smith, MA, MBACP, MBPsS
Sometimes it’s hard to take the first step to talk to someone about how you are feeling or about events that have happened to you in the past, and I am here to help you along that path. I am empathic, patient and calm and will listen to you carefully, treating you with respect and warmth at all times. I am well qualified and experienced, and can help you with anxiety, depression, past trauma, major life changes or other difficult situations which you are facing.
What Happens First?
When you contact me, we will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet so that we can decide whether we can work together effectively. We can talk about your needs, what you hope to gain from counselling and how many sessions you might need. This is when we will talk about any practical details as well as finding out whether counselling can offer what you are looking for. Counselling works best if we can meet every week at the same time, so we will decide on this together.
What Happens in a Typical Session?
Each session lasts 50 minutes and it is your exclusive time to explore whatever is troubling you, at your own pace. Talking to someone non-judgemental, professional and supportive can be an extremely powerful way to release feelings which have been bottled up and can help you to move forwards with your life. You won't need to lie on a couch; we will sit together in a quiet room where you can feel relaxed and comfortable.
Why Should I Come to You for Counselling?
There are many qualified counsellors in the area, and it can be difficult to decide who to approach. I have a wealth of life experience, but am always aware that only you can know what it is like to be you - you are unique! I think the best thing is to let previous clients let you know how they have experienced having counselling with me:
“I felt that I could trust Laura immediately. I have found our sessions invaluable, and she has helped me to make sense of where I am going and what I want from life.” (LF, Uxbridge)
“Counselling with Laura has allowed me to move forwards after experiencing a relationship break-up. She is patient, understanding and calm.” (JC, Harrow)
“I wish I had come to counselling sooner. Laura really listened to me and made me feel valued. I had been struggling to come to terms with a difficult past, and counselling with Laura has really helped me to feel more in control of my life.” (RM, Stanmore)
“Laura is excellent at what she does. She is insightful, honest and supportive.” (GW, Eastcote)
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Education
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic)
- Certificate in Assessment Skills
- PGCE (Social Sciences)
I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which is the professional body which regulates the profession, ensuring that I work ethically and safely. I am passionate about psychology and counselling, and have written for professional journals, run a forum for local counsellors to share good practice and tutor psychology to degree level. I continually update my skills through professional development and I possess certificates in both adult and child safeguarding. I have regular supervision to ensure that my work meets professional standards.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Individual counselling costs £40 a session (50 minutes)
Sessions which are cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice are charged for in full.
Payment can be made in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer.
I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. I work with individuals of all ages, from teenagers to those in their nineties, and with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I have worked with a number of local counselling organisations, including Mind, and have a reputation for being warm, supportive and non-judgemental. I always put you at the heart of our working relationship, and will work with you, at your pace, to help you to achieve what you want from counselling. My training is psychodynamic – this means that, if appropriate, I am able to help you look at how past relationships and events may be the root of current problems.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Day times and some evenings.
Types of client