Welcome, my name is Lauren Smith. I am a BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in Leeds and Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
People access counselling for a number of different reasons; they might seek support after a life event such as a relationship breakdown, job loss or bereavement, or to explore distressing feelings such as panic or loneliness. Others might seek help because they feel "stuck", "low" or unable to cope. Whatever it is that is concerning you, I will work alongside you to find a solution.
Counselling allows us to explore aspects of our lives or feelings that we find difficult, and provides us with a space to talk problems through in a way that is often not possible even with close friends and family.
I can support you by providing a safe, relaxed and confidential environment for you to explore what is troubling you, at your own pace and without judgement. My approach is to work with you to guide you to a better understanding of how and why you have come to feel the way that you do, this may involve exploring how past life events or traumas are impacting you in the present.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including stress, depression, abuse, childhood trauma, relational difficulties, family conflicts and problems relating to confidence and self-esteem. I also have a specialist interest in working with people who are experiencing anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, health anxiety, cyberchondria), and people who are experiencing grief or loss (bereavement, job loss, relationship endings, life transitions).
I offer sessions in Bardsey (LS17) and Leeds (LS1). My Bardsey practice is in a quiet location within easy reach of both Wetherby (5 miles) and Leeds (8 miles), and is ideal for avoiding busy city centre traffic and parking charges. Free off street parking is available at the premises. My Leeds city centre practice is within 5 minutes walk from the train station. I am also able to offer telephone and video counselling.
Choosing to access support takes courage. I would love to hear from you - please contact me by phone, email or text message to find out more or book an initial appointment.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and work to their Ethical Framework (https://www.bacp.co.uk/)