Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons

Registered Member MBACP

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Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am a Person-Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist, based in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. With a BSc(Hons) in Psychology, and a PGDip in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy, I have spent almost 20 years working in the field of Mental Health as a Support Worker, Mental Health Advocate and Counsellor.

I specialise in working with individuals with complex mental health difficulties, but believe that having a confidential space, where it feels safe to open up and talk to someone who’s not involved in your everyday life, is potentially beneficial for everyone!

In light of the current public health crisis, I'm not currently able to see clients in-person, but I am pleased to be able to provide online and telephone sessions.

If you are struggling with life, feeling stressed, low or worried, please get in touch and we can arrange to meet at a time that suits you, to talk about whether counselling might be able to help.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Practice description

As a Person-Centred Counsellor I believe that you are the expert in your own life – it may not feel much like that just now, but only you know what you’ve experienced, how you feel and and, ultimately, which direction you wish to grow in. Person-Centred Counselling works by the two of us building a relationship of trust and respect, which will hopefully help you to open up and talk about whatever it is you want to bring. I will support you to explore how you’re feeling and, through that, help you find a way forward. It’s different from other types of therapy in that Person-Centred Counsellors don’t usually give advice or tell you what to do – rather I will support you to find coping strategies for yourself, if that’s what you’d like to do, or to better understand and come to terms with your past or current situation.

My first session

I'm happy to offer a free introductory 20 minute phone call, primarily for me to tell you a little bit about me and how I work, and for you to let me know what has prompted you to seek counselling. I know you might be nervous, that's to be expected, but hopefully I'll be able to put you at ease. This allows both to make sure I'm the best therapist to meet your needs. After that, if you'd like to go ahead, and I agree I can help you, we can make an appointment for our first session via video or phone.

At our first appointment, I don't have a lot of paperwork to complete, just a simple contact form which is kept locked away so that all of your details remain completely confidential.

At the end of your first session we can discuss when you'd next like to meet. Some clients come twice weekly, others weekly or fortnightly. As we work together, driven by your needs, we can decide the frequency and the duration of your therapy. Some clients find that short-term work (up to 4 sessions) is enough, others need longer.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling