Laura HunterPsychodynamic counsellor
How are you? Where are you? How did you get here? What is troubling you? Why does this keep happening to you?
When will this change? Can I change? What should I do?
Am I curious about myself? Am I willing to entertain the possibility that I am different from my thoughts, my feelings and my actions? That there is something else waiting to be known...to be unpacked...set free.... emerge?
Now stop with the questions and pause. Just pause for a few moments...a few minutes. Relax....breathe gently and deeply and just be.....What does that feel like? What are you thinking? Did you even allow yourself to stop?
Now imagine your life as a game of chess? What is the state of your game? Do you see yourself as a piece, a player, a move, the game or an observer? Have you painted yourself into a corner or is the first move about to be made?
The purpose of therapy is to open and facilitate a dialogue with yourself. I provide a safe, warm confidential environment, where we will identify, explore and work through what’s troubling you. Through our relationship and by working together we will discover and develop new ways of approaching life that will serve you better-ways which are less compromised by the past.
I work mainly with a psychodynamic approach, recognising that current distress and experiences may be influenced by early life experiences. This approach allows you to understand yourself at a deeper level rather than purely seeking symptom relief. In turn this can lead to a greater self awareness and new ways of thinking, behaving and relating.
It can feel difficult to make the first call. However, do not let this put you off taking the first step. Allowing yourself the freedom to speak to a Counsellor is the healthiest, most constructive thing you can do for yourself and the people who matter to you. I am happy to answer any questions and will aim to respond within 24 hours.
Issues often worked with
For weekday daytime sessions (until 5pm) I charge £55 per 50-minute session.
For evening sessions (6pm onwards) and Sunday afternoon sessions I charge £65 per 50-minute session.
The first two consultation sessions are £65 each, regardless of whether daytime or evening.
Sessions via videocall are also £55 – £65 each, depending on whether daytime or evening.
Training and qualifications
- Years in Practice: 8 Years
- Membership: British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - Accredited Member
- Training: Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, accredited by BACP - 2014