I am a BPC and UKCP accredited, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, working within the NHS and in private practice. I have extensive experience of working with adults and young people in the following areas: anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction issues. I provide both long and short term psychotherapy and counselling. I offer a minimum of once weekly sessions in a quiet and confidential space where you are free to talk safely without fear of rejection, judgement or blame.
I work psychodynamically believing that current patterns of behaviour are often affected by experiences earlier on and that our choices in the present are influenced by what has happened to us in the past.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling can be helpful in dealing with:
- family issues
- bereavement and loss
- postnatal depression
- low self esteem
- relationship difficulties
- work related problems
- eating disorders
- personality disorders
- and trauma.
This type of therapy is non prescriptive, you choose what to talk about in sessions and together we can try and understand why it is you behave and react in certain ways. The relationship to the therapist is a crucial element to the therapy, highlighting unconscious patterns of behaviour which can then gradually become identified and in doing so help us to develop the capacity to understand and change them. Understanding more about both past and present relationships and increasing self-awareness can help affect change.
We will meet for an initial consultation, which lasts for 50 minutes during which time we will be able to explore what your needs are and how psychotherapy may help you. Should we work together sessions last 50 minutes and take place at the same time every week. All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence, referral from your GP is not required for an appointment.
As well as my private practice I also work in an inpatient NHS Psychotherapy Service. I was, for many years, the clinical lead for a NHS Psychotherapy Service with men in a secure forensic estate who engage in violent, harmful and criminal behaviour. I have extensive experience of working with clients who have suffered from: trauma, personality disorders, PTSD, addiction issues, low self-esteem, sexual and physical abuse, and anger issues. I also offer Mentalisation Based Therapy.
To arrange an initial consultation or discuss any questions or concerns you may have you can either call me or email me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Member of British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Member of UK Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) Member of International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy (IAFP) Member of Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
I trained at WPF Therapy, which is recognised as one of the UK's leading training institutions with a reputation for clinical and academic excellence.
I hold the WPF Therapy Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy accredited by the University of Roehampton and the BPC.
I adhere to the BPC Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and Confidentiality and the FPC Ethical Framework. I have regular clinical supervision, undertake regular professional development and have full-cover professional indemnity insurance.
I am on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
Concessions offered for
Initial Consultation: £80
Session Fee: £70-£80, some low cost places are available.
Morning, daytime and evening appointments available.
To make an appointment:
Telephone: 07807 923 039
or Email: MelissaLaurie06@gmail.com
My practice is based in West London and is close to Earls Court and West Brompton Tube Stations and is in easy reach of Kensington High Street, Hammersmith, Fulham, West Kensington and Putney.
Morning, Daytime and Evening Appointments available.
Sessions take place once a week and last for 50 minutes. I provide both open ended and time limited therapy. Time limited therapy of 12 sessions or less may be appropriate where there is an immediate crisis or clearly defined problem.
My practice is close to both Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park Tube Stations (District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines).