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Introduction

Sometimes we may be swan-like, presenting a calm and sorted exterior but our inner world can be the complete opposite, feeling confused, anxious and sad.

I am an integrative counsellor in Farnham and can provide a safe space for you to be truly heard with no agenda and no judgements. The purpose of counselling is to explore your situation together. By beginning to acknowledge and make sense of your thoughts, although it may not feel like it right now, the answers are inside you and our work together will be to uncover them, which will help you to find the best way for you to move forward.

Sometimes we have that feeling of being stuck and unsure of who we are and where we are going. By providing a non-judgmental space my goal is to help you to gain new perspectives and feel more in control of your life.

I believe that choosing to talk to a therapist is a sign of strength. Who you disclose your thoughts and feelings to is so important. For me the relationship between us is paramount, you need to feel supported and it must be with someone whom you trust. There will be no obligation to continue with our sessions if you feel we are not working well together and for the duration of your therapy we will be in this together.

How I work with you

Our initial session, which can take place over the telephone, if you prefer, will give you some idea of what to expect from counselling and whether you feel we could work well together. Sometimes even this first session can be enough to bring relief just by being really heard, perhaps for the first time. There will be no obligation to continue after this first session or we can continue for as long as you feel it is helpful and useful to you. You will always be in control of the pace and depth of our sessions and I will not take you anywhere you are not comfortable to go.

I have years of experience talking with people of all ages and backgrounds with diverse and complex difficulties. Each person and situation is unique. My integrative training allows me to draw on a range of therapies and approaches to best support you.

I fully believe that we all deserve to be the best version of ourselves that we can be, but life sometimes gets in the way. By talking with me I hope you will discover your full and true potential, which may enable you to make healthier choices and create changes for a more positive future.

I am aware that a lot of people communicate on a very superficial level, frightened to show people who they really are, scared they may not  be liked or will not fit in. I am always interested in that deeper connection between us, that affirms life as the very essence of what makes us human.

It is rare to find someone who has not experienced some difficulty or trauma in their life. Finding someone to share those difficult memories and feelings with no agenda is therapeutic and infinitely healing.
I hope to be that person for you.

Problems where I can help

Abortion, Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Childhood Abuse, Child-Related Issues, Depression, General Counselling, Loss, Low Self Esteem, Miscarriage, Panic Attacks, Personal Development, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Natal Depression, Psychological and Sexual Abuse, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work-Related Issues

What is Integrative Counselling?

Integrative Counselling is a term that simply means my training allows me to draw upon a number of different therapies allowing your counselling to be personally suited to your unique situation. Some of these therapies are:

Integrative, Person Centered, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transpersonal, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Creative Therapy, Gestalt, Phenomenological, TA (Transactional Analysis).

I am interested in that deeper connection between us, that affirms life and the very essence of what makes us human.

“Thank you for listening to me and for helping me to heal”. I have learnt a great deal about myself and feel better equipped to deal with life’s challenges”.

Helen

“I have found great strength over the last 12 weeks and words cannot convey how having those small moments of time with you there to support me have enabled me to grow”.

Anna

About Laura

BACP Logo Laura Cawson Counselling FarnhamI am a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice in Farnham, Surrey, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice in accordance with their Code of Ethics. More details can be found at www.bacp.co.uk.

I offer a confidential and warm environment for us to safely explore whatever difficulties you are currently experiencing in your life. I hold an enhanced DBS check, attend regular supervision and am committed to ongoing training for continued professional and personal development to further my knowledge and skills. My practice is protected by Professional Indemnity Insurance.

I am passionate about my work and consider it both a responsibility and a privilege to be actively engaged in my client’s exploration of their life and I offer you my full commitment and dedication.

Qualifications
Foundation degree (FdSc) in Counselling – Integrative
NCFE level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills
NCFE level 2 Award in Helping Skills
NCFE level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory

CPD and Further Training
Universal and Safeguarding of Children
Working Creatively with Young People
Working with Young People with Anxiety and OCD
Psychosexual Training
Victim Support Accredited Training Course
Volunteer Counsellor at ARC

Contact

I understand how difficult it may be to make that first contact for help.   I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Please contact me by telephone, or email or with my contact form. All enquiries are strictly confidential. We can arrange an initial free consultation of up to 30 minutes, for you to ascertain a sense of whether you feel we could work together. There is no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy unless you feel ready and comfortable to do so.

Your life has purpose, your story is important, your dreams count, your voice matters.