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My Approach

Dr. Laura Allen BSc, MSc, PhD

Chartered Psychologist (Health & Coaching), Integrative Counsellor, Clinical & Coaching Supervisor

Registered Mindfulness Teacher

Hello, and welcome, my name is Laura.

As a Chartered Psychologist  and Pluralistic Counsellor, I offer a safe space where you can discuss and explore the difficulties you are facing. In addition, I provide a range of holistic interventions including psychotherapy and behaviour change modifications towards positive well-being.

In addition to my doctorate in psychology and therapeutic training I completed a Masters in Health Psychology to support individuals with long term health conditions including those with neurological and autoimmune conditions. During my time studying I was able to publish my work in academic journals, which you can view on the research page.

During the last 12 years of my career, I have worked in various settings including:

  • Mental health services (universities)

  • MIND - the national mental health based service

  • Schools in the Midlands

  • YMCA

  • NHS 

  • Mental Health start-ups

I have also previously been a guest lecturer at various universities across the Midlands presenting on stress and the impact on the neurological and physiological connection.

How I work and approaches I use

I work as a Pluralistic Practitioner, which means I draw upon different therapeutic methods and ideas to accommodate the preferences of the individual client. These approaches include (but are not limited to) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment-based, Person-centred, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused.

For coaching I also use a range of approaches including health and wellbeing coaching, existential coaching and performance coaching.

As part of continued professional development I regularly engage in training and supervision (monthly).

I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental place to talk about emotional difficulties, distressing thoughts, relationship problems or other issues that are affecting you.

My style is interactive, proactive, and solution-focused. I will work with you to develop your awareness while also equipping you with the tools and knowledge to create new patterns of thoughts and behaviors. But most importantly, I will help you develop a better relationship with yourself. This self-relationship affects every other relationship in your life.

We will work together to gain a better understanding of your motivations, your relationships, and your goals. We will build on your strengths so that you can learn to apply them toward healing, growth, and change. 

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  Example areas of support

  • Mindfulness

  • Achieving ambitions

  • Relationship issues

  • Confidence/self-esteem

  • Stress, panic and anxiety

  • Long term health conditions

  • Depression

  • Addictions

  • Anger management

  • Bereavement/loss

  • Traumatic incidents

  • Career change

  • Managing change

  • Overcoming fears

  • Sense of meaning and purpose

How much does it cost?

During our first consultation we will discuss your presenting issue, needs and goals and to see if there is a good fit between your requirements and what I can offer to help you.​​

For a one hour session the fee is £50

Are telephone and online sessions available?

Sessions are offered face to face, telephone, Skype or Zoom.

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