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MSc | MBACP | Online Counselling and Psychotherapy
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st August 2022

About me

Are things in your life feeling overwhelming? Perhaps you have a niggling sense of unease that you can’t ignore. Maybe you are feeling the weight of an old wound, or looking to find your way through a fresh one. 

Depression, loneliness, feeling sad, anxiety, stress, grief, bereavement, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, spirituality, gender or sexual identity, including LGBTQ+ experiences, are just a few of the reasons that you might be seeking psychotherapy. 

Whatever you are feeling, you are not alone. And whatever brings you to therapy, you are welcome and deserving of the space to talk.

I'm Laura, a BACP registered person-centred therapist with experience helping my clients to find meaningful change through better understanding their way of being in the world. 

How I work

At the core of my practice, I believe you are the expert in your life and I will work with you to take the approach to person-centred therapy that is most helpful for you. 

Person-centred therapy offers a chance to see ourselves, how we think, what we feel, our relationships with others and how we communicate, with more clarity. It is an invitation to become more aware of the present moment, to notice the habitual parts of our experience and to be curious about feelings, thoughts, dreams, imagery, metaphors and movement. By listening carefully to what you say, I can help you find the words to communicate what you are experiencing.

Influencing my thinking is the belief that the culture around us shapes our experience of the world. My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and queer, and I hold an awareness of oppressive social systems like race, class, gender, sexuality and ability. I take a heart-centred, cultural and intersectional approach to therapy. 

I am mindful of how our bodies shape our experience of the world and how trauma can be stored in the body. This holistic approach of considering both the body and the mind can be helpful for those whose bodies are a place of anxiety (for those experiencing physical illness, low self-confidence, body dysmorphia… etc.). The body may be the vessel of suffering, but it is also our greatest ally in healing from it. 

In my approach, I often draw on ideas from Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy to understand the different parts of an experience, and Jungian ideas, such as archetypes and how we experience our dreams, also shape my work. 

By bringing light to what causes us pain, with curiosity, kindness and compassion, we can connect to the natural healing capacity within us all. 

Reaching out can be the hardest part…

I welcome anyone looking for short or long term counselling. Whether you would like to bring a specific issue or situation, are looking to find personal growth, or if things in your life are just not feeling quite right

Finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with is important. If you would like to know more about counselling sessions, how I work, or to see if I can help, reach out today to organise a free introductory call. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Master’s (MSc) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, for which I was awarded a distinction and a Bachelor’s (BSc) degree in Psychology. 

I have insurance and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Refugees

Additional information

Online or Telephone Counselling

£50 | 60 Minute Session

When I work

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Bristol, Somerset, BS5

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom