Laura Grimshaw

Laura Grimshaw


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
07983428407

Contact Laura

Therapist - Sunderland

Sunderland SR3
07983428407
Sessions from £35.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Welcome to my BACP listing. 

Have you found lately that you are struggling with everyday life? Overthinking many situations and don't know how to handle them? Maybe you have tried to talk to friends and family and feel they don't know how to help you. Talking to a counsellor is nothing to feel ashamed of and is as normal as talking to a doctor when you are feeling poorly. 

Let me introduce myself, I'm Laura and I qualified as a counsellor in 2018 and since then I have worked with adults and teenagers (16+) with various mental health issues. When I completed my Bachelor's Degree, my focus was on counselling clients with autism spectrum conditions.

Being a counsellor is a consistent learning role and there is no such thing as being an "expert" when it comes to working with clients. The client is the expert in their own lives.

I do not claim to have the answers but I do believe that you already hold the answers and my job is to be there as a guide, to help you explore your own inner world to finding your own answers (yes, this is possible). There may not be any answers, there may only be finding acceptance and peace.

Think of a counsellor as a scaffold around a house that is under reconstruction. The counsellor is the scaffold that supports and holds, the client is the one working on the house, making the positive changes.


Practice description

I consider myself an integrative therapist. This means I use various therapeutic methods when working with clients depending on their needs. These may include Cognitive Behavioural techniques, creative work, and neuro-linguistic programming techniques. As a trained person-centred therapist, this remains my base in every session. To be person-centred means to have empathy with your client, to have a non-judgmental attitude, and to be genuine. Building a good therapeutic relationship is important for therapy to work.

My way of working is to get to know my clients and how they understand feelings and emotions. I get to know the learning styles and tailor my sessions so that my clients get the best out of therapy.  

My first session

​I will be happy to provide a free 20-minute consultation call first if you require as it is important that you are happy working with me. You can use this time to ask me any questions about my practice, or any general questions you have about counselling. 

A counselling session is typically 50 minutes long. This is known as a "counselling hour". The reason for this is because some issues raised may make you feel emotional or vulnerable and so the last 10 minutes of the hour are to summarise the session and centre yourself.

​With Zoom sessions, you will be sent a link to access the session and a password to enter.

Prior to the first session commencing I will email you with a copy of the counselling contract and associated information. Please read these carefully before the session and if you have any questions about the content, please let me know and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

The first session is usually an assessment session. We talk about what issues you have been having and how they are affecting you. We discuss what it is you want to get out of therapy and how we can get you there. Feel free to ask me anything you need to know, I want our therapeutic relationship to be a collaborative one, it's important you are happy with the service you are receiving. 

 

What I can help with

ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Loss, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Cognitive, Creative therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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