Laura Dickson

Laura Dickson - Young Person Counsellor

Laura grew up in Lanarkshire before moving to the East to study Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Her interest in creativity and expression through the arts led Laura to understand how they can be used therapeutically to offer insight into what may not be able to be expressed through words.

Laura’s interest in people and counselling stemmed from her own life experiences as well her time volunteering in various support roles with a children’s charity and hospice. Through these experiences, Laura understood the importance of individuals feeling valued and heard as they shared their story. This is something that Laura takes into her practice, as she seeks to value and encourage individuals as they untangle the various issues they wish to explore in their counselling process. In doing so, she hopes to come alongside clients so that they feel more equipped to move forward with clarity, hope and in healthier ways.

Laura completed her Masters in Counselling at Abertay University and is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Laura works with a Pluralistic model of Counselling which offers each client a collaborative and bespoke way of exploring what they would like to focus on in their sessions, in ways which they find most beneficial. Laura has also completed training with Biblical Counselling UK and can offer counselling for those who wish to explore issues specifically from a Christian perspective upon request.

After completing her Counsellor training, Laura sought further training to be able to offer counselling to children and young people and to better inform her practice. Laura has worked therapeutically with children and adolescents through school-based counselling in both primary and secondary school settings and has also set up and managed an onsite counselling service in a local school through the mental health charity Place2Be. During her Masters, she conducted research into the place of school-based counselling with a focus on adolescents’ personal experiences. Laura has also worked with children and adolescents for over 6 years within a youth work capacity.

Qualifications and Training:
  • BA Hons Illustration
  • certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Scotland's Mental Health First Aid Course
  • BCUK: Certificate in Biblical Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling, University of Abertay
  • MSc Counselling, University of Abertay
  • OCN Certificate in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People
  • Various Place2Be Staff Training & CPD

Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)