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About me

I’m an ICEEFT certified Emotionally-Focused Therapist and I have a PhD in Psychology focusing on couple relationships. I work with individuals, couples and families from a variety of backgrounds. Although I have received training in a range of therapeutic modalities, I work primarily from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) perspective. The focus of EFT is to help people feel more secure, resilient, loved and connected in the relationships they have with themselves and others. EFT is the most evidence-based couples therapy modality with over 90% of couples showing improvement after therapy. It has more recently also been adapted to work with individuals and families with success.

By seeking therapy you have already taken the first step towards change. My role is to help guide you in your journey towards a brighter future and to carry hope that things will get better even in times when you may struggle to see the path ahead of you. I believe that therapy can be an incredibly helpful and rewarding experience but may also be challenging at times. Through the therapeutic process people can discover inner strength they never knew they had and connect with others in a completely new and deeper way.

I have previously worked in different settings including secondary mental health outreach services, residential care units, NHS depression and anxiety service, relationship charities and private online therapy services. I currently work in private practice fully online.

Options for therapy

I primarily work with couples and families that are struggling with a range of emotional, relational and sexual issues. I help them move towards safe and loving emotional connection from being stuck in destructive conflict patterns of attack-withdraw and blame-defend. I work with many different relationship types including mixed-sex and same-sex couples who may be married, cohabiting, dating, separated or consensually non-monogamous/polyamorous.

I also work with children (from the age of 5), young people and adults on a variety of issues including mental health problems, relational and emotional struggles and interpersonal trauma. The most appropriate treatment options can be discussed based on individual needs but usually include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy, integrative therapy or play therapy (for children).

I have recently relocated to Switzerland and see clients solely online via Zoom. I am bilingual and work both in English and Finnish.

What happens next?

If you are interested in therapy with me, please get in touch via email, text message or phone call. I aim to respond to all queries within a few hours. I offer a free initial 20-minute consultation over the phone during which you can give me brief details of your situation and ask any questions you may have. If I believe I can help you, we can arrange an initial consultation where we can discuss more about your situation, explore what you would like to achieve from therapy and determine whether we both feel comfortable working together.

If we decide to begin working together it is important to establish a sense of continuity and we can arrange a regular weekly time slot for the duration of the counselling. I offer both daytime and evening appointments that are either 50 minutes or 75-80 minutes in duration. Sometimes after the initial consultation we may feel that other forms of help may be more beneficial in which case we can discuss alternative options.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my career working for a charity who offered support for people struggling with serious mental health problems including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. I then trained as a low intensity cognitive behavioural therapist (psychological wellbeing practitioner) and worked in the NHS with individuals struggling with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias and eating disorders.

Later I completed my training as a couple and family therapist in the US. My training involved working with children, young people, couples and families. I have been trained in a range of play therapy methods for children, systemic therapies for couples and families, psychosexual therapy for a range of sexual difficulties and I also received training in the most evidence-based couples therapies including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman method. I am also an ICEEFT certified Emotionally-Focused Therapist.

I have a PhD in Psychology from University of Southampton. My research area broadly focuses on close relationships with a specific focus on how partners can feel more safe and secure with each other and help each other achieve their full potential and how couples can navigate instances of sexual desire discrepancy in their relationships. I have published several articles around sex and close relationships and presented at multiple scientific conferences. In May 2019, I received the Sandra Leiblum student research award for the best scientific article of the year, which was titled “Strategies for Mitigating Desire Discrepancy in Long-Term Relationships” and in 2018 I was in the Top 5 best research projects of the International Association for Sex Research for my research on how love and sexual desire impact quality and quantity of sexual experience.

Major qualifications

  • PhD Psychology, University of Southampton, UK
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Certification, ICEEFT
  • MSc Family Sciences, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky, US
  • Postgraduate certificate Evidence-based psychological practice, University of Exeter, UK
  • Level 4 Counselling Skills certificate, Cambridge Open College, UK
  • BSc Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

From £125.00 to £210.00

Additional information

I offer a free initial 20-minute conversation over the phone to establish whether we think I could help you.

The sessions fees are £125 for individuals and £140 for couples and families for 50 minute sessions or £210 for couples and families for 75-80 minute sessions.

Availability

I do not currently have any capacity for new clients and operate a waiting list.

The EFT Clinic
33 Cavendish Square
London
W1G 0PW

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Additional languages

Finnish

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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Dr Laura Vowels, MBACP

Dr Laura Vowels, MBACP