Laura West MBACP, PG Dip, BA JHons.
Hello, and a very warm welcome to my page. I'm Laura, a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist working online, via telephone and face to face from Ilkley, West Yorkshire. If you’re reading this, the chances are you’ve decided that counselling might help you at this time. Perhaps you're fed up with feeling the way that you do, or maybe you feel stuck and you're not sure how to move on in your life. 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 trained in the Relational Therapy approach, 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. Together, we will work through your thoughts 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 ways to behave. In doing this and identifying such patterns, the door is opened to discovering new ways of being, both with yourself and with others.
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
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.
Postgraduate certificate in Counselling skills.
BA Joint Honours English and German- University of Leeds.
I trained in Relational therapy. A relational framework is my key working modality, however I also draw upon other theoretical influences, such as CBT, TA, and psychodynamic theory and 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. If we are provided with the necessary safety, empathy and respect within therapy, 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.
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, as well as working 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, suicidal thoughts, abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, and poor self- esteem. I am especially passionate about working with those in their mid teens to 30; I have a real empathy for the specific troubles that young people encounter today, and from my experience counselling at this age can help to foster real and lasting change at these crucial stages of personal and interpersonal development.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
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.
Please get in touch with me to discuss availability. I can be flexible Monday to Friday with appointments outside work and school hours.