Laura is an experienced therapist trained in the person-centred approach. She specialises in helping people to deal with addiction and abuse, and to rebuild relationships after family breakdowns.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Physical abuse
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
Types of client I see
- Young people
Languages I speak
- Room 3 at 37–41 Gower street, WC1E 6HH
Types of therapy I offer
I am a BACP-registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, and a consultant, supervisor and educator.
My teaching influences my way of working by anchoring me in humanistic theory and practice, which is an existential, authentic, relational approach.
This 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, i.e. a good therapeutic relationship where work at some depth can take place.
I am part of a university research group that is influenced by positive psychology and is focussed on human flourishing and post-traumatic growth. 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.
My specialist areas are in addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, sex) and in abuse-related and complex trauma. In my experience these areas are highly correlated and can have a profound and long-lasting effect on individuals and their families.
Therefore, I offer mainly long-term therapy for adults and young people who are experiencing/in recovery from oppression, trauma and abuses – especially coercive control, emotional/psychological/sexual/verbal abuse and child sexual abuse.
I am a Women’s Aid domestic abuse prevention advocate and I research in this field as a social psychologist. I am an expert in understanding mother-child separation in a context of domestic abuse, particularly when this is engineered by controlling partners/ex-partners.
I speak at conferences and seminars on this issue and, in addition to therapy, provide consultancy to mothers in such situations, and consultative supervision to practitioners.
I developed training for professionals in how to improve their responses to mothers who have become, or are at risk of becoming, separated from their children, and I understand how difficult it can be for survivors to find expert, confidential, specialist support that is safe and non-judgmental.
In my work, I have developed a nuanced understanding of gender issues and how social matters impact women and men, which has led to a trauma-informed, feminist way of working that understands the individual in a social context.
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
- studied for a Counselling Supervision Diploma with Lindum College
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 currently a counselling tutor at Nottingham University, teaching on their undergraduate degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice.
I also provide consultative supervision to a range of practitioners interested in reflective practice and reflexivity.
In the past, I have taught psychology to undergraduates and on a specialised module on the effects of domestic abuse on women’s mental health at doctoral level.
I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I also belong to the following professional associations:
- Women’s Aid
- British Psychological Society (graduate member, and member of the Psychology of Women section)
Code of ethics
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework 2016.
Fees and availability
My practice in London is small due to my teaching and research commitments but I also offer Skype and walk-and-talk therapy.
I also offer a more intensive way of working over whole weekends in select locations in the countryside and by the sea, which I find provokes deep contemplation and inspiration.
- £65 per face-to-face session (50 minutes)
- £40 per Skype session (50 minutes)
- £40 per hour for walk-and-talk therapy (usually multiple hours)
- intensive weekends: start from £450
- supervision: £90 for 1.5 hours
- group retreats (both mixed and women only): prices on application; please contact me if you would like to place your name on the waiting list