About Laura

Laura Soper Counselling

I am a qualified counsellor working in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire at Lifeways. I work therapeutically with both adults and children using an array of methods to help my client's explore their presenting issues. I have experience working with many personal issues, mainly being mental, physical and emotional abuse and trauma. I have experience working with bereaved children on residential camps and have supported children with behavioural issues in a school setting.

I am a Humanistic counsellor, who can work visually and use creative skills or I can work therapeutically giving complete control to my client. It is important to me to work with each client individually, tailoring the sessions to suit their needs. The relationship between counsellor and client is vital to me, I believe it is the main form of change, our relationship would be equal and non-judgmental. I provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment in which my clients are able to explore.

Working with Children and Young People

When working with children and young people I use different creative techniques to help the client explore what is happening in their lives and the struggles they may be facing. The child or young person will have access to lego, sand, paints and various other crafts and role play figures, this really allows the client to feel comfortable in the setting and gives them multiple ways to communicate. Therapy with children and young people is gentle and lead by the individual, it is important for the client to feel understood and to have an equal relationship with the counsellor.

Working with Adults

When working with adults I can work both creatively and therapeutically, being a humanisitc practitioner our sessions would be lead mainly by the client. I have visual adult work which may be benefical to clients that are struggling to connect to a certain emotion or traumatic experience which they are wishing to explore. I also have sensory objects for any clients who are suffering with anxiety, they can work as a grounding technique and help focus on the presenting issue which could be benefical.

We are all faced with challenging issues throughout our lives, some more manageable than others. You may feel you want a helping hand through some of these issues and counselling can provide this for you. Counselling is all about you finding you again, it can be a challenge and may feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster at times but with the right support you could find that light at the end of the tunnel.

If you are struggling with any of the below issues I could offer you the help you may want:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Personal Development
  • Parenting
  • Work related issues
  • Bereavement
  • Peer Pressure

I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework. I maintain full insurance and regularly attend continued professional development courses to keep up to date with any ethical changes and guidelines.

What is Humanistic Therapy?

Humanistic therapy is an approach used in counselling which predominately focuses on the individual’s self-acceptance and self-worth. Providing the individual with a non-judgemental space where they can be valued as the person they are, the individual can begin to accept themselves and their core beliefs and begin their journey on reconnecting with themselves.

Humanistic counsellors provide a level of empathy, understanding and acceptance in sessions, ensuring all conditions are met correctly clients can start to feel safe enough to explore any issues and emotions they are experiencing.

  • The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change. Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

  • We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

Initial Session

Our first point of contact will be either a phone call or an email, I will ask for basic details and we would arrange an initial session. The initial session will be to complete an assessment and gather information, I will also ask what expectations you have of counselling and what you would like from our sessions. Not all clients feel comfortable disclosing personal information at this point and that is ok. I encourage all my clients to disclose details only when they feel safe enough to do so. If you feel you would like to start your counselling journey with myself we would then arrange your first session.

First Counselling Session

Your first session would be held in one of our counselling rooms at Lifeways, I ask all clients to sign and date a client/counsellor agreement in the first session, this is to ensure all professional boundaries have been acknowledged and we have a mutual understanding of how the counselling process will work.

I strive to provide my clients with the best possible experience of counselling that I can offer. For this to happen I ask my clients to stay as committed to the process as possible, which I understand can be difficult at times when juggling day to day life too, but I do believe for the process to work both client and counsellor need to be consistently present.

Counselling Reviews

I will complete a review with the client every 6 weeks, this is to reflect on the therapeutic work that has taken place so far and to see the client's progression. Regular reviews also allows the client to regain a purpose for therapy, to see what the presenting issues may now be and what to focus on from here.

I offer unlimited counselling sessions, I feel it is important for my clients to choose their ending and be in control of their journey.

The sessions will last for 50 minutes.

Costing

Session fee (up to 50 minutes) - £50

Reduced rates could be applied for students studying counselling.

Fee will still apply if you do not attend your session and no contact is made.

Payments made via BACS or cash.

Contact

Email: info@laurasoper.co.uk
Phone: 07902 624737

Address
Lifeways
30 Albany Road
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6PG