Because you deserve to be heard

Welcome

My desire is to provide you with a comfortable space to explore and unpick what is happening for you.

As a qualified counsellor, my role is to help you explore aspects of your life by talking open and freely. Talking like this is rare with those who are emotionally involved. Likewise, they will have opinions which may affect the discussion. Counselling allows the opportunity to express difficult feelings such as resentment, guilt and fear in a confidential, non-judgemental space. Read my blog to learn more!

My therapy room is based in our converted garage. This is at the end of the garden and accessible via a side gate. The room is warm, comfortable and welcoming. A really lovely place (but then I am bias!)

Going deeper

I may encourage you to examine parts of your life that you have found difficult to face before. Indeed, we may explore early childhood experiences. Hence throwing some light on why you react or respond in a certain way. Consequently, this is often followed by considering ways in which change can occur.

Through this process, it is my belief that we move forward to a happier, more content way of living. We may become more tolerant and accepting of those around us. We may feel stronger to tackle what life may throw at us and more confident in who we are.

I am not here to tell you what to do, or how to do it. However, we will work together to figure out the best way forward.

When we set aside time to explore difficult emotions and experiences a process begins. Being heard and having someone ‘get’ you, being able to stand in your shoes and feel it with you is a powerful experience. As a qualified counsellor, I will offer you a non-judgemental relationship in hope you feel confident to go deeper.

The process of healing begins with being heard.

My hope is that we can reduce your confusion allowing you to make effective decisions. You already have the resources!

A little more about me…

My fascination with human behaviour stretches back over 20 years. This led me on a lifelong exploration! After undertaking many roles and therapeutic trainings, I continue to raise my awareness and understanding. The way we behave, way we interact, and the impact will always keep me curious.

After studying Psychology at University in 2003, I quickly found myself drawn towards mental health. My interest around theories and studies grew about how we diagnose and treat.

Following my graduation, I began working with adults who had learning difficulties. I was fascinated with how quickly staff would medicate when behaviour became difficult. This encouraged me to look at alternative ways to support. Just talking allowed me to gain an understanding of how they may be feeling. It wasn’t rocket science; it was simple human connection.

In 2005, I began my work with young people. Over the last fifteen years, I have watched the increased pressure build for our children and young people. To be successful, beautiful and conform. Exam pressure, anxiety, self-harm, identity, self-confidence, the list goes on. It can be an incredibly difficult time.

My career continued into family work, supporting parents and their children. Working within local authorities and education, I began to see the impact that service cuts were having. It was here that I decided to train as a counsellor. To be able to offer therapeutic support and not just focus on targets was where I needed to be.

My journey to becoming a qualified counsellor

Embarking on a master’s degree in Social, Emotional and Mental Health, my thesis focussed on parents’ engagement with educational and mental health professionals. This included the complex systems that their child was placed in. My findings were astounding, all of the parents I interviewed felt they had lost their identity in some way. They felt overwhelmed, patronised and ignored by the services who were supposed to be supporting them.

I realised that to make significant impact I needed to remove myself from these ‘systems’ and set off on my own.

My journey to becoming a qualified counsellor, has taken me to work in several charities. These include a domestic violence charity, as a school counsellor along with the national charity MIND.

In 2019, I decided to start my own private practice. This was the best decision I ever made! My focus is entirely on my clients. I do not have targets; I do not need to demonstrate outcomes. I am able to place my clients at the heart of my work, just as it should be.

It’s not unusual to feel nervous before coming to counselling for the first time, so don’t worry if you do. I have experience counselling myself, and despite knowing it was a positive step, I remember only too well the anxiety I felt.

In the words of Brené Brown “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up”

Take a moment to have a look through my career Laura CV