Laura West

Laura West


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07795566863

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Therapist - Ilkley

Ilkley LS29
07795566863
Sessions from £50.00

Features

Availability


I work on Fridays only in Ilkley- I work in Leeds Mon- Thurs

About me and my therapy practice

 I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist working with all ages both online and face to face in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. I believe the key to therapeutic success lies within the relationship built between counsellor and client. I build a safe, respectful and trusting working relationship in collaboration with you- in which you are able to talk about and explore whatever it is that might have brought you to counselling. Together, we will work through your thoughts and experiences and in doing so, we might discover links and patterns between the way you are feeling and the choices you make, consciously or unconsciously, when choosing relationships or ways to behave. In doing this and identifying such patterns, the door is opened to discovering new ways of being, both with yourself and with others.

Though a relational framework is my key working modality, I also draw upon other theoretical influences, such as CBT, TA, and psychodynamic theory. My way of working is heavily influenced by attachment theory, as my clinical experience has taught me that the way we form attachments to others has a huge influence on all other aspects of our lives. If we are provided with the necessary safety, empathy and respect within therapy, then we can form a secure attachment with our counsellor. The work we then do together becomes a much more powerful agent for real positive changes.

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I have had extensive personal therapy myself, and I believe that experiencing my own therapy journey and the emotions I have felt throughout have made me into an empathic, attuned and caring therapist. One that understands just how courageous it is to sit in the “other” chair, and one that is passionate about the potential for positive personal change through a strong therapeutic relationship.


Practice description

My Clinical Experience.

I have experience of working with children, adults and adolescents. I have experience or working as a staff and student counsellor in a further education institute, and I work in a number of primary schools across the region as a children’s counsellor. I also work as an associate children’s counsellor for an online therapy provider alongside private practice.

I have experience of working with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, bereavement, loss, attachment difficulties, self- harm, suicidal thoughts, abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, and poor self- esteem. I am especially passionate about working with those in their late teens to mid 30s; I have a real empathy for the specific troubles that young people and adults encounter today, and from my experience counselling can help to foster real and lasting change at this crucial stage of personal and interpersonal development.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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

Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS4
07795566863
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office

Availability

I work Monday to Thursday in Leeds and I can be flexible with times.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, and a very warm welcome to my page. If you’re reading this, the chances are you’ve decided that counselling might help you at this time. Perhaps you're feeling anxious, sad, lonely, lost, fed up with feeling the way that you do, or maybe you feel stuck and you're not sure how to move forwards. It could be that you don't know where to turn to. Counselling could help. I can offer you a safe, private space in which to explore your concerns without fear of judgement.

I am a relational-integrative practitioner, and as such, I believe the key to therapeutic success lies within the relationship built between counsellor and client. I build a safe, respectful and trusting working relationship in collaboration with you- in which you are able to talk about and explore whatever it is that might have brought you to counselling. Nothing is off- limits; you can bring whatever you need to.

Together, we will work through your thoughts, feelings and experiences and in doing so, we might discover links and patterns between the way you are feeling and the choices you make, consciously or unconsciously, when choosing relationships or behaviours. In doing this and identifying such patterns, the door is opened to discovering new ways of being, both with yourself and with others. I can work with you to help you identify what is important to you, as an individual- your values and beliefs. These are unique to each of us, and once we are able to identify them, we can begin to work towards living a life in alignment with these values.

Get in touch and let's see if we could work together to help you overcome whatever it is you might be facing.

Practice description

I trained in Relational therapy. A relational framework is key to my working modality, however I also draw upon other theoretical influences, such as CBT, TA, and psychodynamic theory. I am interested in the concept of pluralism in working with clients in order to best meet the needs of each individual I see.

My way of working is heavily influenced by attachment theory, as my clinical experience has taught me that the way we form attachments to others has a huge influence on all other aspects of our lives. We each have a specific attachment style, which developed in our infancy and young childhood years. Our life experiences and the attachment style we developed back then strongly influences the types of relationships we have with others in our adolescence and adulthood, based on what we learned to believe about ourselves, others and the world around us. 

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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