About me

Hello, and a very warm welcome to my page. If you’re reading this, the chances are you’ve decided that counselling might help you at this time. Perhaps you're feeling anxious, sad, lonely, lost, fed up with feeling the way that you do, or maybe you feel stuck and you're not sure how to move forwards.  It could be that you don't know where to turn to.  Counselling could help. I can offer you a safe, private space in which to explore your concerns without fear of judgement. 

I am a relational-integrative practitioner, and as such, I believe the key to therapeutic success lies within the relationship built between counsellor and client. I build a safe, respectful and trusting working relationship in collaboration with you- in which you are able to talk about and explore whatever it is that might have brought you to counselling.  Nothing is off- limits; you can bring whatever you need to.

Together, we will work through your thoughts, feelings and experiences and in doing so, we might discover links and patterns between the way you are feeling and the choices you make, consciously or unconsciously, when choosing relationships or behaviours. In doing this and identifying such patterns, the door is opened to discovering new ways of being, both with yourself and with others.  I can work with you to help you identify what is important to you, as an individual- your values and beliefs.  These are unique to each of us, and once we are able to identify them, we can begin to work towards living a life in alignment with these values. 

Get in touch and let's see if we could work together to help you overcome whatever it is you might be facing.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. (Level 7)

Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.

Level 3 Certificate in Safeguarding Children.

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling skills. (Level 7)

TA101- An introduction to Transactional Analysis- (Verified by UKATA)  The Horsforth Centre.

Certificate in Couple's Counselling- Human Givens Institute.

BA Joint Honours English and German- University of Leeds. (2007-11)

How I Work

I trained in Relational therapy. A relational framework is key to my working modality, however I also draw upon other theoretical influences, such as CBT, TA, and psychodynamic theory. I am interested in the concept of pluralism in working with clients in order to best meet the needs of each individual I see.

My way of working is heavily influenced by attachment theory, as my clinical experience has taught me that the way we form attachments to others has a huge influence on all other aspects of our lives. We each have a specific attachment style, which developed in our infancy and young childhood years.  Our life experiences and the attachment style we developed back then strongly influences the types of relationships we have with others in our adolescence and adulthood, based on what we learned to believe about ourselves, others and the world around us. 

If you find yourself in unhealthy relationships over and over again, you may wonder what it is that causes you to become involved in these: Your attachment style is likely one of the reasons.  Together we can work on recognising your attachment style and identify any unmet needs.  Once we know what needs you can meet for yourself or in your relationships, we can work towards healthy ways of meeting them independently, and getting them met in your relationships. We might also recognise unhelpful behaviours which are often an attempt to get these needs met, and explore healthier, more authentic ways of being in relationship with others.  

If we are provided with the necessary safety, empathy and respect within the therapy relationship, then we can form a secure attachment with our counsellor. The work we then do together becomes a much more powerful agent for real positive changes.  As such, this is the single most important aspect of my way of working with you. 

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I have had extensive personal therapy myself, and I believe experiencing  my own therapy journey has made me into an empathic, attuned and caring therapist. One that understands just how courageous it is to sit in the “other” chair, and one that is passionate about the potential for positive personal change through a strong therapeutic relationship.

My Clinical Experience

I have experience of working with adults, adolescents and children. I have experience of working as a staff and student counsellor in a further education college, and 
I am currently employed as a student counsellor in a local school.  I have also had the opportunity to work as part of the Banardos- See, Hear, Respond Project in a number of primary schools across the region as a pupil counsellor. I also work as an associate children's counsellor for an online therapy provider alongside my private practice.

I have experience of working with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, friendship difficulties, stress, bereavement, loss, attachment difficulties, self- harm, identity issues, suicidal thoughts, abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, and poor self- esteem.

I am especially passionate about working with those in their mid teens to mid forties; I have a real empathy for the specific issues that young people and adults encounter today, and from my experience counselling can help to foster real and lasting change at these crucial stages of personal and interpersonal development.  I also have experience in working therapeutically with transgender clients, and the specific issues faced by this client group. 

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.

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Fees

From £50.00 to £65.00

Additional information

Appointments are one hour long.  I offer all prospective clients a free initial telephone call to discuss your needs, and to see how you might feel about working with me with no commitment to book a session.

Individuals-£50

Couples-£65

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Afternoon
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Please get in touch with me to discuss availability. I can be flexible Monday to Friday with appointments outside work and school hours.

Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6

Ilkley
West Yorkshire
LS29

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Additional languages

German

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Laura West

Laura West