Lauren Carter, MA, MSc, NCAC, MBACP Registered
If you are reading this, then I imagine that you’re going through a difficult time, whether that’s caused by a past issue, or something more current. Perhaps you’re looking for some help to change direction in your life, or you would like to understand yourself better. It takes courage to take the step into counselling and self-exploration, but you don’t need to do it alone - I can help you.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2010, both in various community and private organisations in the U.K. and in the U.S., providing counselling to individuals, groups, couples, and families. For the past five years, I have worked as a counsellor at The Priory, a nationally renowned private addiction treatment centre in the South East of England. I am an Accredited National Counsellor with the Federation of Drug (FDAP) and Alcohol Practitioners, as well as a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP and FDAP Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Framework. I attend regular supervision and hold professional indemnity insurance.
I strive to create a safe, kind, and compassionate space where we can explore together your unique experience. I will support you as you explore your thoughts, feeling, actions, and beliefs, making small changes for yourself, moving from a place of unhappiness and difficulty, to living life more fully.
Part of my role is to help you explore why you think and behave in the way you do. With greater awareness comes greater choice, as you can then choose to change what you’re not happy with.
As a person-centred counsellor, I adapt to the needs of the individual whether exploring the past or present challenges, or understanding the meaning of your experience. The counselling session belongs to you. I won’t direct or advise you, but I will facilitate your own insight and support you as you make the choices to change.
Training, qualifications & experience
My skills include one-to-one counselling, group therapy, couples and family counselling. Through my career as a counsellor, I’ve gained extensive knowledge in treating issues such as:
- Binge eating
- Relationship difficulties
- Loss and Bereavement
- Work related stress
I have a robust academic background and a passionate commitment to learning and self-development.
- FDAP Accredited National Counsellor since 2013.
- Master’s degree in Social Work and Counselling.
- Master’s degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling.
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
- Addiction Treatment (including substance addictions and process addictions, such as gambling, relationships, and food)
- Relapse Prevention
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Group dynamics and conflict resolution
- Transactional Analysis
- Telehealth and online therapy
I am committed to maintaining professional excellence, and I routinely pursue a range of professional development in various specialist areas.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals
FDAP is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector.
Membership of FDAP is open to individual practitioners and managers, service providers, academic institutions and commissioning bodies and there are different categories of membership.
FDAP members are bound by a Code of Practice and subject to a Complaints & Disciplinary Procedures.
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
I offer an initial introductory appointment at a reduced rate of £35. This initial 50-minute session will allow us to get to know each other, and explore how counselling will help you. During this session, I will invite you to share about what issue brought you into seek counselling, and I will explain my methods of work and the confidentiality policy I abide by.
Appointments are usually arranged on a weekly basis, which we can discuss and plan together when we meet. I can offer short term work (typically 6 to 12 sessions) or longer term work depending on what is needed.
Individual sessions cost £70, and each session lasts for 50 minutes.
I currently have space to offer a sliding scale fee for new clients. If money is a reason keeping you from seeking support, or if you have been especially impacted by the COVID19 crisis, please speak to me about the option of reduced session fees.
Ready to make an appointment? Still have some questions?
You are more than welcome to contact me for an initial chat on 07719 600 539, or email me.