PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING IN HIGHGATE, NORTH LONDON AND ONLINE
Hello, I'm Laura.
I am a BACP Accredited professional psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. I offer face-to-face sessions at my consulting room in Highgate, North London, adhering to all Covid protocols in order to keep you safe. I also offer sessions via Zoom online.
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed. Perhaps you are experiencing relationship difficulties, or have endured a loss or trauma, whether recently or in the past. Maybe you are unsure of why you feel like you do and wish to explore this further.
People come to talk with a psychotherapist for a wide variety of reasons.
I work with people who wish to make sense of their current difficulties in order to move forward into richer, more fulfilling lives. I have a particular interest in working with people who are experiencing difficulties within their personal relationships and wish to discuss this one-on-one.
HOW I WORK
I work in a psychodynamic and relational way with my work being influenced by C. G. Jung and his views on the human psyche. From this perspective, you are viewed as a unique person containing inherent potential for change.
My approach is empathic and collaborative.
Symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, are viewed as evidence the psyche is experiencing distress and unbalance. The aim of psychotherapy is to shed light on unconscious patterns which influence our lives and relationships outside of current awareness. Going to the source of difficulties in this way helps to promote long-lasting integration and change.
Therapy is a creative process that takes place between the two of us.
I have experience working clinically with a wide range of issues, including:
Anxiety and panic
Stress, burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed
Relationship breakdown and difficulties
Trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD – including childhood trauma (neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse)
Anger and other intense emotions
Low self-confidence and self-esteem
Lack of meaning or purpose in life
Shame and guilt
Grief and loss
Divorce and separation
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Substance misuse and addictions
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
C. G. Jung
WHAT I OFFER
I offer adult one-on-one psychodynamic psychotherapy at a frequency of once or twice per week on an open-ended or short-term basis. My practice is diverse and welcoming of people of all ethnicities, gender identities and sexual identities.
Before embarking upon therapy, I would ask that you consider your reasons for doing so. Shorter term therapy can often be helpful when focusing on a particular concern, whilst commitment to a longer term process usually allows for deeper insight into difficulties. In either case, it is essential that you are able to attend sessions a minimum of once per week on the same day and time which is mutually agreed upon at the beginning of our work together.
I enjoy working with people who wish to explore their potential, in a safe and confidential space, free from the constraints of traditional diagnostic labels. Nonetheless, if you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, I have the experience to work with this too.
I am a fully qualified BACP Accredited psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy and counselling. I have undergone extensive training in both the USA and the UK and work in full-time private practice.
MA Clinical Mental Health Counselling, Seattle, USA
Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice Training, The Bowlby Centre, UK
MSc Occupational Psychology, UK
BSc (Hons) Psychology, UK
I am currently undergoing further training in Adult Analysis at The Society of Analytical Psychology to qualify as a Jungian Analyst/ analytical psychologist
As a member of the BACP I abide by their ethical framework with respect to confidentiality and conduct. I am also a registered Data Controller with the Information Commissioners Office ensuring adherence to the strictest policy regarding handling of your confidential data.
I have considerable experience working as an adult psychotherapist within the NHS, and additionally, as a team leader managing trainee therapists within a London based counselling organisation. I have also worked with people with complex and chronic mental illness, people in recovery from addictions, and people experiencing homelessness, in both the UK and USA.
FEES AND SESSIONS
I offer a 20 minute informal telephone call at no charge where you can talk about what brings you to therapy and ask me any questions you may have about the process.
I currently have availability on weekdays during the day for appointments.
The initial assessment session is £75 and lasts for 50 minutes. During our first meeting you will have chance to talk in more detail about what brings you to therapy. I will also ask you some questions about your present situation and gather some personal information.
This initial session allows us the opportunity to see if we might be a good fit to work together, however, the assessment process will continue over a number of our early sessions together.
Each session is £75 and lasts for 50 minutes. I offer some low-cost sessions for NHS workers which are currently full.
My consulting room is a 2 minute walk from Highgate tube station (Northern Line), making it easily accessible from most of London.
Each session takes place on the same day(s) and same time(s) each week, agreed upon before our first session.