Are you struggling?

Feeling anxious, hopeless or overwhelmed?

Counselling can help move you forward.

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Learn to Calm Yourself

I will guide you to discover the cause of your anxiety and how to manage it. In our work you will learn ways to calm yourself, stop overthinking and put things in place in your life to alleviate your anxiety.

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Lift your mood

If you are feeling low and hopeless, I offer you a space to share this. We will look at what your depression might be telling you about your life and I will support you to make changes to improve your mood and to build your self-esteem.

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Regain your balance

If you are feeling overwhelmed and crave more me-time in your life, we can work together to help you create balance in your life. I will show you relaxation techniques tailored to you that you can use.

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Learn what you need

I support you to have more fulfilling relationships by helping you to identify your needs and start getting them met, learning to say No, processing and healing old wounds, and to move away from unhealthy patterns.

Why choose me as your counsellor?

Counsellor Laura Hollywood

 I am a qualified Counsellor and mental wellness expert.

My training was rigorous at the Metanoia Institute in London. I earned a BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.

Counselling Laura Hollywood St Albans

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am accountable for my work and adhere to their ethical framework.

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy registration - Laura Hollywood

I have been supporting people in mental wellbeing for over ten years in both the voluntary sector (Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Centre) and NHS settings (Psychological Therapies Service).

I am experienced in supporting people with employment difficulties and work related stress to make changes and return to work. Assessing and helping people to identify their needs has been a central theme of my experience as has working with people in distress.

At Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Services I offered counselling to a wide range of people.  They were experiencing difficulties with social anxiety, life transitions, loss, abuse, low self-esteem and burnout.

At CRI, an addiction agency, I worked with people on their problems with alcohol and drugs which involved much work on trauma, shame, abandonment and anxiety.

 Our work together can also benefit from my knowledge of working with a range of conditions including OCD, BDD, bi-polar disorder, phobias, schizophrenia, personality disorder and PTSD.

Questions?

Counselling is space and time for you! It’s a type of talk therapy where you can discuss your feelings and any problems you are experiencing. It’s a chance for you to look at doing things differently, to make changes and to explore your thoughts and feelings more deeply.
Our first session is a chance to see how we can work together and for you to tell me what has brought you to counselling. You may feel anxious at the idea of talking about yourself which is normal. I don’t sit and stare at you with a blank face, I listen to you and respond which can help you make sense of things. Counselling is more about what you say than what I do!
Counselling helps you to:

be able to talk about something difficult or that you’ve never shared before in a safe confidential space
find new ways to deal with stress, anxiety and depression
gain an understanding of yourself, your relationships and learning why you do the things you do
Change old behaviour patterns and developing healthier coping mechanisms

Counselling is most effective when attended on a weeky basis to help you make long lasting changes. If you are away let me know in advance, I have a 24-hr cancellation policy so if you don’t let me know before this time you will be charged the session fee
I recommend six sessions to begin, you may have an idea about how long you feel you need and we will agree this and review the work as we go along. I offer short term and longer term counselling. If you want to end, it is good practice for us to have two sessions to ensure we end safely and for me to work ethically in accordance with the BACP framework.

It is £60 for a 50 minute counselling session.

I offer some concession rates for counselling students and those who need it, so please ask.

Contact Me

Bedford Road, St. Albans, Herts. AL1

My St. Albans counselling room is a 5 minute walk from St. Albans City railway station (for journeys from North London and Bedfordshire). It is easily accessible from Wheathampstead, Watford, Hatfield, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Sandridge, Shenley, Redbourn, Radlett, London Colney, Bricket Wood, Abbots Langley, Kings Langley, Garston, Park Street, Colney Heath, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City and other surrounding areas in Hertfordshire. 

Free parking is available.