Lauren Smith (MBACP)
I am an experienced, BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) registered counsellor working in Wetherby (LS17) and Leeds (LS1). I work with young people (16+) and adults who are experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, relational difficulties and problems relating to confidence and self -esteem. I provide a confidential, non - judgemental space in which you can safely explore aspects of your life or feelings that you find difficult.
My approach is to work alongside you to guide you to a better understanding of how and why you have come to feel the way that you do, this may include looking at how past life events or trauma are impacting you in the present, as well as helping you to develop strategies to better manage unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Relational counselling theory is at the heart of my practice, and I view the relationship between counsellor and client to be central to successful therapy. I draw upon a number of therapeutic modalities in my practice, including the person centred, psychodynamic and existential approaches as well as Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT). I appreciate that everyone's situation is an unique as they are, and adapt my approach to suit your specific needs and what you are looking to achieve.
Choosing to access support takes courage. I would love to hear from you - please contact me by phone, email or text message to find out more or book an initial appointment. Finding the right counsellor for you is important so I offer an initial, no obligation, reduced rate session for us to explore what it would be like to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor (Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)) and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and work to their Ethical Framework (https://www.bacp.co.uk).
As well as working in private practice, I also provide voluntary counselling for Cruse Bereavement Care, West Yorkshire.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked within the NHS for a number of cancer research charities including Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Now.
I am fully insured and DBS checked.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with people who are experiencing anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, health anxiety, cyberchondria), and people who are experiencing grief or loss (bereavement, job loss, relationship endings, life transitions).
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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Standard Rate - £45.00/hourly session (first session £30.00)
Reduced rates - I offer a limited number of reduced rate sessions to students, please contact me for further details.
I offer sessions in:
Bardsey (LS17), a quiet location that is within easy reach of both Wetherby (5 miles) and Leeds (8 miles), and is ideal for avoiding busy city centre traffic and parking charges. Free off street parking is available at the premises.
Leeds (LS1), 5 minutes walk from the train station, ideal for those living in Leeds or commuting.
I am also able to offer telephone, video and online counselling.
Early morning, evening and weekend appointments are available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon: 07:00 - 22:00
Tue : 07:00 - 22:00
Wed: 07:00 - 22:00
Thurs: 07:00 - 22:00
Friday: 07:00 - 17:00
Sat: 09:00 - 12:00
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|