Lauren Kelly, PGDip ADip, UKCP
Hi, I’m Lauren, and thank you for viewing my profile. If you are looking at this, you have taken the first step in seeking help and support because you may be experiencing some difficult feelings or changes in life, and are perhaps starting to think that things in your life could be better right now. That is one of the hardest things to acknowledge, and is a really important place to start.
Counselling is an opportunity to explore how you are feeling in a safe place without fear of judgement. The therapeutic relationship is unique in that you do not need to worry about burdening or upsetting me, as you may with family or friends. In the counselling environment, you can express your feelings, and together we can explore, and sit with them, however difficult they may initially seem.
I have always been interested in helping people in one way or another. Having worked in schools for nearly ten years - including as a school counsellor for six of those - and as a Wellbeing Adviser for a University, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals who are experiencing mental health problems for the first time. This also means I have a keen understanding of the impact difficult childhood experiences can have on individuals of any age. I think this has contributed to my particular interests in young adults, whom I consider to be aged 16 to 30; those for whom this is their first experience of counselling; and those who are going through unsettling transitionary periods in their lives. Currently, I am developing my own private practice, and working with young adults aged 16 and over, and adults of all ages.
As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I have training in more than one approach to counselling and combine these in my work. I usually work in a person-centred way, and am psychodynamic in my thinking. This means that I think a lot of the time, the experiences we have had in the past affect how we are feeling now. If you can understand the reasons why you are feeling the way you are now, then the feeling usually changes. Our patterns of behaviour are often – although not always – a coping mechanism we used in the past to deal with something difficult, that we have continued to use even though it may not be helpful anymore.
As a counsellor, I am an impartial listener who can help you to identify these reasons, and find more beneficial patterns of behaviour in the present. However, I know it is important to meet the needs of each individual, so will adapt my style of work to ensure every person feels supported enough to open up with me. I know this may be the first opportunity you have had to speak so openly, and that the prospect of doing so may be quite scary or overwhelming.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully registered member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy. This means you can be assured I work within an ethical framework. I am also fully insured.
I have completed the following qualifications:
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Regent's University)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Regent's College/University of Wales)
Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regent's College)
BSc in Social Psychology (Loughborough University)
I volunteered for the Samaritans for four years before deciding that I would like to be able to do more to help people.
I started seeing clients as a counsellor-in-training at a private organisation in 2012, where I extensively built up my experience until receiving my accreditation at the start of 2017. I then continued to work there as a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.
I also worked as a secondary school counsellor between 2012 and 2018.
During this time, I have worked with a variety of individuals; my work in schools means I am comfortable working with young adults, but in private practice, I have worked with adults of all ages, as well as some couples. I have worked with individuals in both a long- and short-term capacity, depending on their needs and wishes, so I am able to adapt my style of work to suit each person; my integrative training means I have the diverse skills necessary to do so.
I have worked with a number of different reasons for seeking counselling, although I probably have the most experience working with depression, anxiety/stress, and transitionary periods.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dealing with transitions e.g. changing jobs/careers, going to university, adjusting to parenthood etc.
My fees are generally £40 per session. However, I am able to offer some lower cost sessions if finances are an issue, or for key workers. You can pay by cash, cheque, or online.
Concessions offered for
If you would like to discuss any questions you have, I would be happy to do so by phone or email. You can email me here or my phone number is 07456 679642. I also have a 'frequently asked questions' on my website that may help.