Laura Soper Reg. BACP
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 working with an array of personal issues ranging from anxiety and depression to abuse and self harm, I believe all issues can have a long lasting effect and working through these with myself can be extremely beneficial. We do not always have to forget our experiences but we can aim to confront them and accept them, this then allows us to move on from them at our own pace.
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 to may be experiencing. I offer a non-judgemental client lead service, you are in control of your journey and I am here to support you on that. I do not apply any pressure to disclose, I will wait until you feel safe enough to talk, I believe it is important to feel safe and comfortable when disclosing personal information and it is important to take care of yourself when doing so. I want to treat you as the individual that you are, tailoring each session to meet your personal needs.
I can offer an array of therapeutic techniques including;
- Therapeutic listening
- Work sheets to do together or apart
- Creative working including art and materials i.e, sand and crafts.
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 run my own private practice and I have volunteered for The Parenting Project for over two years, working with an array of client issues ranging from sexual and physical abuse to anxiety and depression. I also have previous experience of over five years working in a school setting and a well-being centre.
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 abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- 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