Laurie Macdonald BSc. Hons. BACP Accred. UKCP Reg.
I have over 25 years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist working in both the NHS and the private sector and I work with individuals, couples, groups, families and adolescents.
I am integrative therapist so aim to find a therapeutic approach that best suits the clients cognitive style and their issues brought to therapy. I work in both brief outcome focused way as well as long term according to the clients need.
My work with clients is based on the premise that we are all capable of change when we understand how to change, are happy to let go of the old ways of being and fully appreciate the benefits of the new way of being. My role is to help you explore this and bring knowledge of the "how to change" but I do not decide what changes a client should make.
My aim for clients is that they leave a therapy session feeling listened to, respected, valued and understood. I hope that they think they have practical strategies for coping with issues when appropriate, greater insight into "what makes them tick" and a clearer sense of what they want to get out of therapy. We will negotiate what we want to achieve in our sessions and then monitor our progress towards this goal.
Training, qualifications & experience
1983 British Horse Society Instructor
1988 BSc Hons. Clinical Communication Studies. (Speech and Language Therapy) City University
1989 Diploma in Eriksonian Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.
1993 Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming
1993 United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Registrant
1999 BACP Accredited Member
1999 EMDR Certificate
2000 Diploma in Group and Individual Supervision. Casscade
2011 UKCP Registered Supervisor
1996 to present.
I have combined working in private practice with work in inpatient private mental healthcare facilities. My clients are GP or Psychiatric referrals although some are self referred and others may come from Employment Assistance Programs, charities or other professionals such as Solicitors and medical insurance companies. I work independently with the many clients and I am familiar with working in multidisciplinary teams for clients with complex needs.
The types of issues raised by clients are varied, often I am working with depression, anxiety, phobias, and relationship issues to name a few. I have also specialised in working with PTSD and the psychological issues that arise from physical ill health or trauma.
I work using Integrative and systemic theoretical orientations so that I am able to use any of a number of psychotherapeutic approaches, finding what most suits the patients issues and cognitive processing style. I teach on the Ethical training course for Contemporary Psychotherapists. I also provide supervision to new therapist/counsellors in training as well as experienced therapists both face to face and on line.
1988 – 1996
NHS Mental Health Rehabilitation Team – Newham, East London. I was working in a multidisciplinary team based in the community and working in inpatient facilities during the closing of the old long stay psychiatric institutions. My role was to assess and provide social rehabilitation for long stay patients coming into the community. I also provided staff training to the Housing Associations providing homes for these patients.
I was The Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists advisor on community Psychiatric care, and was involved in training Speech Therapy, Psychology, nursing and Social Work students in the communication/social disorders of Schizophrenia and the Autistic Spectrum. I also trained as a Contemporary Psychotherapist at this time. In 1993 to 1996 I was a member of the Governing Board of the UKCP.
1977 - 1983
British Horse Society Instructor BHSI I was working in various Equestrian Centres teaching and competing at dressage, eventing and carriage driving. I had great fun running pony club camps, all sorts of shows and competitions. I had to make a change of career folowing a road traffic accident. At the time it was the worst thing that could have happened, now I see it as the opertunity I needed to make the changes I did.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- 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
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Human Givens psychotherapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
Fees may be covered by private health insurance as I am a recognised provider for the majority of medical insurers.
Self funding clients:
£55 per one hour session day time
£75 per one hour session evenings
additional £10 per hour for couples
I also offer a sliding scale of fees for those in need, please enquire when booking.
My therapy room offers a comfortable environment for individuals and couples. My "co-therapist" Halley (black labrodor) will often join us in the therapy room but if you would rather he didn't , he is happy to sleep else where, just let me know when you book a session.
There is ample off street parking and I am a five minute walk to the bus stop on the Brighton to Tunbridge Wells route.
I have wheel chair access to the therapy room but there is one step up to the toilet.
Consessionary sessions are offered during the day time, a sliding scale of fees dependent upon your financial situation. Please discuss this on making first contact.
As an integrative therapist I use a wide range of therapeutic approaches. One of the theories I use that is not listed else where on this site is Eriksonian Hypnopsychotherapy. Hypnosis is a creative way of enabling a client to access therapy at a deeply unconscious level. As all learning that is going to become part of our way of being needs to be at an unconscious level this can be an efficient way of doing therapy. The difference between clinical hypnosis and stage hypnosis is the therapeutic knowledge and experience of the therapist and the ethical frame work we use.
If you have a preference for the kind of therapeutic approach you would like me to use, please feel free to let me know. Otherwise I will discuss with you what I think might suit you best.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||Yes|
Therapy room is ground floor and there is one step up to the toilet.
Day time 8am to 5pm Evenings 6pm to 8pm Saturday mornings may be available on request
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I trained as a group and individual supervisor using Humanistic and integrative approaches in 1999 with Cassacde.