What are counselling sessions like?
Each counselling session is 50 minutes long. You and your therapist will meet privately in a confidential space at the same time each week to explore and resolve difficult worries, beliefs, situations and feelings.
You may wish to come for only a few weeks, or you may choose longer term therapy. You don't need to decide straight away.
Your first session will be finding out about why you would like to come to therapy, any goals you have, and a little about your history. It is also a chance for us to get to know one another, to see whether we are suited to working together.
It is important that you choose a counsellor you feel you can connect with.
What are your qualifications?
I have a Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, from the Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD). This is a BACP accredited qualification and one that allows me to practice safely and ethically in the UK.
I have completed BACP training requirements for working with children and young adults. I also have an enhanced DBS certificate registered online.
I have additional training and experience in working with eating disorders, addiction, bereavement, suicide, and people with ASD.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and as such I am committed to regular training and development throughout the year.
What do I do if I don't like my counsellor?
It's important to find the right counsellor for you. If you feel it isn't working, or if you don't like them, then try to speak to the counsellor about it. It may be that they don't know how you feel, and they could help resolve the situation.
If you feel you really can't work with them or confront them with how you feel, then keep looking. Sometimes it can take a little while before you find someone you can truly be yourself with.
If you feel as though you have been mistreated by your counsellor at any time, you can follow the complaints policy of the organisation they are affiliated to. Laura Mole is registered with the BACP.
Do you have specialisms?
I have a lot of experience with working with adolescents and young people from the ages of 11 upwards. I also have experience with working with people on the Autism Spectrum, and I am a Neurodiversity advocate.
I have additional training in:
Self - Harm
Short Term Solution Focused Therapy
What are your fees?
Each session costs £65.
Counselling students can receive a concessionary rate, and there are a small number of places for low income families.
My cancellation policy is 48 hours' notice, and I ask that the first session be paid upfront before you come.
Do you do CBT?
I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a technique in my counselling but I don't purely use it on its own.
I believe that getting to know the person is the most important way to progress, and sometimes not all techniques work for everyone. We will find out together what works for you.
What can I talk about?
You can bring whatever you want to the sessions. It may be that you want to talk about something affecting you in the present, fears for the future, or something that comes up from your past. It really is up to you, it is you time, and we will explore together.
I will explain my confidentiality agreement with you in our first session.
What can you help me with?
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I have experience with helping people with:
Anxiety and worry, depression and low mood, low self-esteem and confidence issues, stress, relationship problems, bullying and isolation, sexual issues, self-harm, thoughts of taking own life, eating issues, PTSD, addiction, and difficult issues that may arise from neurodiversity.
No matter what you would like to bring to our sessions, I am open to exploring with you in a non-judgmental, caring way, to find the answers you need.