Laura is an experienced therapist trained in the person-centred approach. She is also a social psychologist with a PhD in psychology and behavioural science.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Adoption/abandonment issues
- Affairs and betrayals
- Ageing and retirement
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Behavioural problems
- Being a victim of crime
- Bereavement and loss
- Bipolar disorder
- Body image
- Borderline personality
- Changing bad habits
- Communication skills
- Creative blocks
- Cross-cultural relationships
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Existential crises
- Family issues
- Gender issues
- Health anxiety/hypochondriasis
- Hearing voices
- Homesickness and expat identity
- Identity issues
- 'Inner child' issues
- Internet addiction
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Kink/BDSM relationships
- Lack of energy
- Loneliness and isolation
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Masculinity and men’s issues
- Narcissistic abuse
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Perfectionist traits
- Personal development
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Procrastination and 'stuckness'
- Psychological abuse
- Regaining control of emotions
- Relationship difficulties
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual problems
- Social anxiety
- Somatic illnesses
- Suicidal thoughts
- Traumatic childhood
- Unexplained and persistent physical symptoms
- Work-related issues
- Writer's block
Types of clients I see
- Older people
- Trainee and qualified clinicians
Languages I speak
- Contact me for details
Types of therapy I offer
- Group psychotherapy
I am a BACP-registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, social psychologist, coach and supervisor.
I have a BA in person-centred psychotherapy from the University of Warwick, which was underpinned by existentialism and phenomenology. I taught humanistic counselling practice for a number of years at Nottingham University, and person-centred counselling and the Egan model at Coventry University. Following my first degree, I gained an MSc in psychology before focusing on social psychology and went on to be awarded a PhD in psychology and behavioural science. More recently, I graduated from the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality, which has taken me in more of an esoteric direction, beyond the usual limits of ego and personality. All of these experiences have influenced my way of working, so that my way of working is best viewed as the HEART approach: standing for Humanistic, Existential, Authentic, Relational and Transpersonal (see The Reality Game by John Rowan, page 1).
A humanistic approach means that I understand people as unique individuals with a tendency for growth and development, whose potential can be thwarted by life’s experiences – but also nurtured in an environment that has the right conditions for change – that is, a good therapeutic relationship where work at some depth can take place.
As a social psychologist, my approach is antithetical to the medical model and I tend to see people as affected by their experiences and what has been done to them, rather than as disordered or broken individuals: we are all products of the groups and environments in which we have spent our lives.
Additionally, I used to be part of a university research group that is influenced by positive psychology and focuses on human flourishing and post-traumatic growth: these ideas fit with my own ideas, values and beliefs. I strive to help clients become who they really are, to realise their full potential, and flourish as a human beings – no matter what their backgrounds and challenges.
I offer short and long-term therapy to individual adults who are seeking to understand themselves and/or want to work through a particular issue in the past or present.
Training, qualifications and experience
For my training, I:
- undertook core training at the University of Warwick and gained a first-class BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- was awarded an MSc in Psychology with Distinction by Coventry University
- completed specialised training with Women’s Aid to practise as a domestic abuse prevention advocate
- trained in Irvin Yalom’s method of interpersonal group psychotherapy with The Forward Trust (formerly Rapt) in London before working on drug treatment programmes in male prisons in the UK
- gained a Counselling Supervision Diploma with Lindum College
- was awarded a PhD in Psychology and Behavioural Science by Coventry University
- graduated from the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality as a VITA (Vital and Integrated Tantric Approach) Coach
I have a breadth and depth of experience in a variety of settings such as:
- the NHS
- Safeline (child and adult survivors of child sexual abuse)
- Coventry Haven (domestic abuse)
- Face2Face (children and young people)
- RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners’ Trust)
- in exclusive addiction treatment centres
I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Code of ethics
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework 2016.
Fees and availability
Counselling and psychotherapy:
- £90 individuals via Zoom (60 minutes)
- £120 couples via Zoom (80 minutes)
- £120 individuals in Central London (60 minutes)
- £150 couples in Central London (80 minutes)
I offer some concessionary rates.
- £90 via Zoom (90 minutes)
Fees are payable in advance by BACS.
My private practice runs from 12pm to 9pm (last appointment) via Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays and in person on Wednesdays.