Laura grew up in Lanarkshire before moving to the East to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where she completed her degree in Illustration. Laura has a real passion for creativity and expression through the arts and believes they can offer insight when used therapeutically.
It was through her own life experiences as well as in various supportive roles volunteering with a children’s charity and hospice, where she understood the need that individuals have for speaking about their experiences whilst being heard and valued. One of Laura’s motivations for counselling is to come alongside people and support them in a way which values and encourages them as they begin to disentangle various issues from the past or present to begin to move forward in their lives in a healthier way.
After completing her COSCA certificate in Counselling Skills, she continued her development as a Counsellor and went onto complete a Masters in Counselling at Abertay University. Laura is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and offers a Pluralistic model of counselling. Working pluralistically offers each client a bespoke way to reach their goals or explore what they bring to counselling. It is a collaborative way of working where both the client and counsellor discuss the client’s preferences and establish different methods to best suit the client’s needs and goals. Laura also offers clients the opportunity to explore issues from a Christian perspective upon request. Laura works with children and young people and sought further training through the Essential Training Associates: ‘Children Matter’ course, as well as other CPD training to better inform her work with children and young people. She has also carried out research around young people’s experiences of school-based counselling and is involved with a new initiative, Place2Be, which offers counselling to children and young people aged 11-18 in the local area. Laura also works with children and young people in a youth work capacity.