Laura Soper MBACP
Hello, I am a fully qualified humanistic counsellor working in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. I work with both adults and children at Lifeways, the centre offers a peaceful, safe and welcoming atmosphere with disabled access and off street parking. I am a member of the BACP and work to their ethical framework, I also hold full insurance.
I have experience in working with client's of a variety of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities, as well as a broad range of difficulties including:
Anxiety, depression, stress, self harm, suicidal thoughts, personal development, work related difficulties, bereavement, substance abuse, developmental trauma, attachment difficulties, family breakdowns, adoption and special guardianship, parenting, domestic abuse, peer pressure and identity and self esteem.
One of the areas I am particularly passionate about is family work. I strongly believe in working with the whole family in order to generate positive change in the entire family system. As such, I am experienced in working with both children and their parents/carers, and can offer a systemic approach where necessary.
What is a Humanistic Therapist?
Humanistic therapy is an approach used in counselling which predominately focuses on the individual’s self-acceptance and self-worth. Providing the individual with a non-judgemental space where they can be valued as the person they are, the individual can begin to accept themselves and their core beliefs and begin their journey on reconnecting with themselves.
What I can offer you?
I ensure my practice has a safe, confidential and welcoming environment in which you can explore any issues you may be experiencing. I offer a non-judgemental client-led service, you are in control of your journey and I am here to support you on that.
How counselling can help you?
We are all faced with challenging issues throughout our lives, some more manageable than others. You may feel you want a helping hand through some of these issues and counselling can provide this for you. Counselling can offer the freedom to speak openly about anything that is bothering you, no matter how big or small the problem may feel. Sometimes you need to speak to someone who isn't a friend or family member, someone you can off load to without feeling you are burdening them.
What happens now?
Choosing the right counsellor can sometimes feel overwhelming but if you feel I could help you please feel free to contact myself either via telephone or email. We could arrange an initial session which would be up to 45 minutes, this is to collect general information and find out what your expectations of counselling are. If you then wanted to start therapy we would meet weekly, engaging in 50 minute sessions and begin your counselling journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Training
Please find below my qualifications and training:
- Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
As part of my role as a counsellor I regularly attend training to ensure I am up to date with any changes in therapy, I also enjoy learning new aspects of counselling and broadening my knowledge to help benefit my client work.
Please find below any additional training I have completed:
- Attachment Disorder
- Working Creatively with Children CPD Workshop
- Working safely with people who have experienced trauma, including an experiential afternoon on using art therapy.
- KEMP for Kids Residential Weekend and Training
- Domestic Abuse
I offer over five years experience of working with children and adolescents, families and adults, across a variety of settings including pre schools and schools in Warwickshire, Children's Centres, Wellbeing Centres, Warwickshire County Council, the Parenting Project, Women's Aid, as well as in private clinics through my private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Session fee: £50
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm
Types of client