Lauren Key - Reg.MBACP, BSc(Hons)Psychology, Prof.Dip.Couns
Hello, I'm Lauren. I am a fully qualified and experienced professional counsellor. I offer a safe, warm and genuine approach to therapy.
My past work includes being a counsellor at Broadway Lodge rehabilitation centre for addictions, which has given me a vast array of experience of counselling around different areas.
Whether you are looking for someone to talk to about things you feel you cannot share with anyone else, are in a crisis point in life and need emotional support, require a confidential space to explore unresolved past experiences or memories, are maintaining addiction recovery and seek ongoing individual work, need an opportunity to reflect on your current situation in order to move forward, or would like to know yourself better as part of personal development; counselling is a way forward with these goals.
My therapeutic approach is integrative and relational. The 'integrative' part of this means that I am trained in and use therapeutic skills from different theoretical backgrounds in order to best suit each individual's needs and way of working. The 'relational' part of this means that I believe in the therapeutic, healing nature of forming a safe, trusting counsellor and client relationship.
I offer short-term, and long-term ongoing counselling. Over the last year I have worked in two locations in Bristol - just off of Gloucester Road, and also a residential area near the city centre in Cotham. I have recently moved my practice to Newport, South Wales.
Counselling sessions will be conducted from my therapy room at home - a light, airy, safe space, with total privacy ensuring your confidentiality. There is also free parking at the back of the house making it a convenient location a short distance from the city centre.
Every counsellor is different, just as every client and their needs are different. I welcome questions about my therapeutic approach and sessions, so please don't hesitate to email or phone me.
When booking our initial session together, you have two options; a free half an hour taster session, or a full 50 minute session charged at my reduced rate of £30.
"A few months ago I hit rock bottom and really didn't know where to turn or what to do. I was literally scared of facing up to life itself. So I decided upon counselling and contacted Lauren. My work with her has improved my life immeasurably. From being very unemotional and closed, I am now very open and honest. I am now able to cry openly and not be embarrassed at all about that fact. This is something I can say I haven't really done in a long time. Everytime I wake up I look forward to the day, and I'm not running away from any challenges no matter how scared I am. None of this would be remotely possible if it wasn't for the help and support from Lauren. To quote a very bad song from a very bad album, it's getting better man."
"After struggling with various issues for years I finally made the decision to seek help. Upon meeting with Lauren I was immediately put at ease with her natural warmth and professionalism. Throughout my therapy Lauren has helped me to gain the insight, clarity and ultimately the resolutions to issues that I so badly needed, I now look forward to a brighter more confident future."
"I worked with Lauren over a period of fourteen weeks. When we first met I was broken - physically, spiritually and emotionally. Gently, she helped me to trust, explore and make sense of a myriad of life events that ultimately led to addiction, self harm and eating disorders. Intuitively she worked creatively with me which I found to be really helpful in tackling the most difficult of problems. It was a liberating, amazing collaborative experience. A year on I am living the life I had only dreamed of - Lauren gave me hope support and enabled me to move on with my life. It was an incredible journey."
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (hons) - University of Exeter
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling - Bridgwater College
Professional Diploma in Counselling - University of the West of England (UWE)
Certificate in Interpersonal Group Therapy - Bath University
Foundation Certificate in Art Therapy - British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Twelve Step Addiction Recovery
Creative Approaches to therapy
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
Fees are based on a 50 minute session;
Initial session - free half hour OR full 50 minute session at reduced rate of £30.
Individual Counselling Session - £40
Individual Counselling Session - Student/Hardship - £30 (Please note if asking for this rate, I will ask to see a valid form of student identification and proof of unemployment to confirm this.)
Couples Session - £60
Family Session - Price to be agreed with further information.
Group Therapy - Price to be agreed with further discussion.
Workshop Facilitation - Price to be agreed with further discussion.
I am an experienced practitioner of individual therapy, couples and family therapy, group therapy and workshop facilitation.
Extensive experience from working within a prestigious rehabilitation centre means that I am fluent in 'Twelve Step' ethos to addiction treatment and recovery.
Naturally I am a creative person and enjoy using art materials as a way of expressing feelings, which is something I can facilitate as part of the counselling work I do with clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
New client spaces newly available now. I offer daytime and early evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|