Laura Portsmouth FdA, MBACP Integrative Humanistic Counselling in Farnborough

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Counselling in Farnborough, Camberley, Fleet and surrounding areas. Also now offering Walk and Talk Therapy (Free 30 minute initial consultation available)

Please do not suffer alone any longer than you already have.
I am able to help those suffering from low self-esteem as this is commonly the root cause of further issues developing. Stress related issues, anxiety and depression are all linked to a deep rooted self belief of not feeling good enough. If you are feeling worthless and devalued already then this can feel overwhelming and debilitating, an inability to function in your daily life as you would like to which also then impacts the quality of your relationships with others. Having an engrained, deep rooted negative core belief stops you from believing that you are worthy of joy, happiness or love but keeps you stuck in the belief that you have nothing to offer yourself or anybody else. Your thought process then taking you to the conclusion that it all would be solved if you weren`t here, hence suicidal thoughts then becoming more frequent and spiralling out of control. Maybe you are aware of suppressing unresolved feelings from previous trauma or abuse that you no longer feel able to contain. You may have experienced a controlling relationship when growing up, where you were not ever encouraged to develop an ability to trust your own decision making which is now causing you issues as an adult. You may feel isolated constantly, always trying to fit in but never experiencing a sense of truly belonging. By exploring and uncovering the causes, origins and links of where and when all this started for you, we can uncover the parts of you that have not been able to emerge until now. We can encourage, understand and make sense of how seeing things from a different perspective, truly connecting with your authentic self, and uncovering the version of yourself that is more accurate of who you are today, can really help you let go of believing that this was something you didn't deserve or would ever be able to be. You will begin to believe for yourself how you have the ability and capacity to start living the life you so deserve, one of quality and authenticity where you do fit in and belong, where you feel good enough and are able to make and trust your own decision making, value yourself and build up your own self esteem and self worth in the process.

I am now offering Walk and Talk therapy aswell as office, telephone or online counselling.
Research shows how being out in nature doing just mild exercise reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Mainly due to the release of endorphins through movement which introduces a more positive element, changes physiology and leads to feeling more motivated. Simply by moving forward step by step together helps to release any tension or stress more easily than when sat down with your counsellor. Having the opportunity to get outside and deepen your connection with nature enables you to experience feeling more connected with the more difficult parts of your story and yourself. Experiencing the restorative, enriching and healing wonders of nature, whilst also getting your daily required amount of vitamin D, can really boost your immune system as well as your mental and physical health and well being. A vitamin D deficiency has been proven to heighten symptoms of depression.
For those who find sitting with their therapist quite daunting due to feeling uncomfortable with the eye contact element of this, then walking therapy can really alleviate this fear. Looking ahead rather than being drawn into making eye contact can help you to really open up and say what perhaps would have been more difficult to do in an office or facing a screen.

Walk and Talk therapy could be a good option for you if you spend a lot of time indoors either with work or your family, sitting down more than you would like to, this gives you the added benefit of getting you gently moving outside, particularly if you are worried that you are not getting enough exercise.

However, if you would prefer office, zoom or telephone counselling, it is entirely your choice and whatever feels more natural and comfortable for you.

I am offering reduced rates for those financially impacted by this crisis or who are on low incomes, we can discuss this together before our first session.

Does life feel like its getting on top of you but you just don't feel able to talk about it with friends or family members?
Do you feel as though nobody around you understands what you`re going through?
Do you feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk to friends or family about what the problem is?
Are you having relationship issues that feel too difficult for you to deal with?
Are you struggling to cope with the overwhelming grief you feel after losing a loved one?
Have you experienced a difficult childhood where your needs weren`t met? Was there nobody there to support and guide you through trying to find where you fitted in and belonged? Consequently, are you now feeling lost, unimportant, devalued and struggle to be heard within your family and other relationships?
Do you feel stuck in feelings of shame that you don`t fully understand where they even came from?
Could you benefit from a safe place to work through your innermost, often deeply buried feelings with an impartial person?
Would you like to feel more positive about your present day life, relationship and future happiness?
Are you feeling fed up with your life not being as fulfilling or meaningful as you had hoped for?
Talking to a counsellor can help alleviate the pressure you feel continuing to carry all of this by yourself.

I am a qualified counsellor/therapist based in Farnborough. As your therapist I am committed to providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where we can work collaboratively and without any power imbalance to make the positive and lasting changes you have wanted for so long in your life.

I work on an open-ended basis with the aim of enabling you to unburden yourself from the issues that have affected your daily life, enabling you to live your life to it`s full potential. As your counsellor/therapist, I will be alongside you offering the empathy, kindness and compassion you have perhaps not received for a very long time but so desperately need. As an objective listener, I can offer a perspective that you may not have even contemplated before, helping you to gain more clarity and understanding of the situation/issue that is causing you distress and to see more clearly the choices you have. I believe my ability and willingness to truly focus on you, paying particular attention to the meaning of your chosen words, facial expressions and body language gives you a very real feeling of value and importance and how your feelings do matter and need to be acknowledged fully. I regard our counselling relationship as sacred, honouring, and of utmost importance to me.

You can also find me on the following two professional therapy listings:-

  • Counselling Directory listing
  • Psychology Today listing

    "We think we listen but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know." Carl Rogers

    I live within easy reach of Farnborough, Camberley, Frimley, Farnham, Aldershot, Ash Vale, Mytchett, Fleet, Hawley, Blackwater and Yateley . There is some beautiful local woodland around Hawley lake where there are quiet routes for us to walk together.
    The platform on which your sessions will take place can be discussed when you enquire.
    As with most things in life, you truly get out what you put in, and in this case you are investing in the most important thing – yourself and your future.

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