We all experience pain and struggle in life and sometimes our thoughts and feelings can become overwhelming. Having a space to express what is going on inside, to take time to reflect and to find a way forward can be life-changing.
My name is Laura Townend and I am an Integrative Psychotherapist. I draw from a number of different approaches, including person-centred, existential and family systems. Ultimately, I value the diversity of human experience and aim to work in a way that best suits the needs of the person in front of me. I have always been interested in how people think and the remarkable ways our brains grow and heal from adverse experiences. I practice trauma-informed care.
Training, qualifications & experience
I received a Master of Arts in Counselling after completing my training in the United States and I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, meaning that I am committed to ethical practice. I have experience in school and university settings, in community crisis teams and inpatient mental health. I receive regular supervision.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Fees payable by cash or bank transfer.
When I work