Laura McCarthy

Certified Transational Analyst, Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Specialist Mentor

Feeling anxious, angry, depressed? Or having issues in your relationship?

If right now you feel overwhelmed, having a place to be heard and understood may help.

Are you’re having issues in your relationship or marriage and struggling to communicate effectively with your partner? Perhaps a safe place where you can discuss your problems without fighting would be useful.

I offer confidential, non-judgmental therapy in a non-discriminatory practice for both individuals and couples aged 18 and over.

How to get started and what does it cost?

I suggest an initial session, at my standard fee, to meet and talk. This session will allow us both to ask any questions before we decide if we want to proceed. More details on what to expect at the initial session for individuals can be found here and for couples.

At the end of this session, if you feel unable to commit to working weekly or that counselling is not for you, you are not obliged to book any further sessions.

Trauma and Abuse Surviours

I have a particular interest in working with clients who have be subjected to the trauma of toxic intimate and family relationships. I work predominately with victims of domestic, sibling and sexual abuse, as well as ritual abuse and survivors of sex-trafficking and gender-based violence. I welcome enquiries from those diagnosed with PTSD, C-PTSD and DID.

Survivor Concessional Rates

I offer two sessions per week at a concessional rate to those subjected to domestic, sibling, ritual or sexual abuse, please contact me to discuss further.

Laura McCarthy

MSc (Psych), CTA, Dip., UKCP, MBACP

Individual Counselling

 

Therapy works best when there is a good ‘therapeutic alliance’ between a therapist and client. I believe it is important that my clients feel happy to work with me, and equally, I feel I have the right skill set to ensure a client gets the best results and value for money out of the work.

This fit is something we can jointly determine in an initial session.

Initial Session

The initial individual session will be 50 minutes long, and charged at my usual fee.

I start with some admin questions (including your address, DOB, and the details of your doctor),  to ensure I have all the background information to continue working together.  I will then ask you about what brings you to therapy.

Towards the end of the session, we will agree together if we are happy to work together, what outcome of the therapy we will concentrate on, and if the work should be short-term (ten sessions), long-term (six months to one year), or open-ended.

Weekly or Fortnightly Sessions

I offer therapy on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Sessions will be held at the same time and date each week and will be 50 minutes long.

Missing or Re-scheduling Sessions

If a session cannot be attended 48 hours notice is required. Sessions not attended without one week’s notice will be charged at my usual fee.

I will always try to find an alternative appointment time, however re-scheduled appointments in the same week are not always possible.

 

Couples Counselling

 

Sometimes relationships get stuck, or someone gets hurt and it becomes hard to talk without fighting. When working with couples, I offer a safe, impartial space to work through issues, to talk, hear, and be heard.

Couples counselling is not about taking sides, making judgments, or attributing blame.  Instead, I make myself available to facilitate conversation and offer both parties an equal opportunity to discuss what is wrong, what brought you to this place, what you will do differently if you decide to move forward and stay together.

Important: If you or your partner are very unsure if you want to remain in your relationship, I suggest individual counselling for that person first before starting couples work. Counselling with couples requires both parties to work towards healing. Furthermore, where there is active domestic abuse or violence occurring in the relationship, I will not work with both members of the relationship in the room at the same time. I recommend that the perpetrator of the abuse contacts me for individual counselling.

Initial Session

In couples work, you will learn to understand and communicate your feelings and needs more clearly, without ending up in arguments. You will learn to listen to your partner and hear how they feel and what they need from you to make the relationship better.

I offer couples the option of on-going counselling in 60-min weekly sessions (usually six to twelve sessions are required) or an intense 120-min recovery session to get to the heart of the issue and kick start change.

There is no one size fits all, if you may prefer to methodically work through your relationship issues then weekly sessions may suit you best (please note: one 60-min session is not enough time to do the work required).

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the issues you are facing, then an intense 120-minute recovery session might be best, followed by some ongoing hourly sessions, although for some just one 120-min session is enough.

Weekly or Fortnighly Sessions

After we have agreed to work together, our weekly or fortnightly sessions will be held at the same time and date each week/fortnight and will be 60 minutes long.

Missing or Re-scheduling Sessions

If a session cannot be attended 48 hours notice is required. Regular sessions missed without one week’s notice will be charged at my usual fee. I will always try to find an alternative appointment time but please note, re-scheduled appointments in the same week are not always possible.

Issues Worked With

Abusive Relationships

Domestic Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual or Financial)

Domestic Violence

Narcissistic Abuse

Gaslighting

Love Bombing

Gender Based Violence

Sibling Abuse

Trauma

Childhood Trauma

Child Sexual Abuse

Ritual Abuse

Mind Control

C-PTSD & PTSD

DID / Dissociation

Bullying

Panic Attacks

Suicidal Thoughts

Anxiety

Depression

Anger

Low Self-Esteem

Identity Issues

Neurodivergence (ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia)

Career Issues

Bereavement

Body Dysmorphia

Couples

Relationship Issues

Marriage Counselling

Pre-Marriage Counselling

Infidelity

Separation & Divorce

Heartbreak

My Fees

Individual (50mins)

£ 85

Per Session

Couple (60mins)

£ 100

Per Session

Couples (120mins)

£ 175

Per 120-min Recovery Session

Ramsgate, Kent or Online

(Sun-Tue 1-8pm)

Individual (50mins)

£ 125

Per Session

Couples (60mins)

£ 150

Per Session

Couples (120mins)

£ 250

Per 120-min Recovery Session

Harley Street, London

(Sat 9am-12pm)

My Qualifications

Training & Qualifications

  • Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) (EATA).
  • MSc. in Psychotherapy  (Middlesex University).
  • Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute).
  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Metanoia Institute).
  • Diploma in Life Coaching (New Skills Academy).
  • Clinical Supervision Certificate, viewed through an Intersectional lens. (TA East London Institute).
  • Clinical Certificate in Trauma-Focused Therapy. (The Link Centre due for completion Jan 2023).

Clinical Experience

  • Seven years of experience in private practice.
  • Two additional years experience as an Associate Counsellor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, counselling undergraduate music and dance students.
  • Two years of specialist mentor experience for undergraduate university music students with mental health issues.
  • Supervision of other counsellors and psychotherapists.

Complex Mental Health Experience

I have long-term experience working with clients who have been diagnosed with personality disorders. I have a particular interest in working with clients who have been diagnosed with the following:

  • Dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD).

Ethical Principles

I am deeply committed to, practice and abide by the principles and ethics of EATA.

Trusteeship

I am the counselling and supervising trustee for Woman’s Trust. Woman’s Trust is the charity that helps women in London overcome the mental and emotional harm caused by domestic abuse by providing women-only, client-led, trauma-informed counselling and support services.

Memberships

To demonstrate my competence I am a member of several organisations, each of which requires the fulfillment of particular standards of training and knowledge by its associates.

  • Full clinical member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of Metanoia Institute.

As a reflection of my work with abuse survivors, I have been accepted as a member of:

  • Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support (RAINS)
  • European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD)
  • Anti Victim Blaming, Trauma-Informed Network (AVBTI)

Leadership Experience

In addition to my psychotherapy work, I have 25 years of business experience and continue to work as a marketing director within high-profile, high-pressured music companies, entertainment venues, and leisure experiences.

Through my leadership experience, I have developed the skills necessary to support all kinds of people to thrive in stressful situations and the ability to successfully mentor and coach them into fulfilling their potential in both academia and business.

My Ramsgate practice is a 1 minute walk from both Waitrose and the seafront. Being 1 mile away from Ramsgate Train Station, I am within easy reach of Margate, Broadstairs, Dumpton, Birchington, Westgate, Pegwell, Sandwich, Deal, Dover, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
My London practice is in Harley Street W1G, making it within easy reach of North London, Islington, Euston, Camden and Central London. – Please note: hours at my London practice are currently very limited.