Career Background:

I have worked in counselling and psychotherapy settings within the voluntary sector since 2007 offering short-term (12 sessions) and long-term (1 year) therapy to clients with diverse presentations, such as depression; anxiety; trauma; terminal illness; bereavment; anger; sexual, emotional and physical abuse; sexuality; relationship issues and difficulties in the workplace.

I have also gained extensive experience in providing psychological therapy to people living with complex mental health issues, such as clinical depression; bipolar; generalised anxiety and panic disorders; phobias; schizophrenia and personality disorders while working for an NHS Out-Patient service. Here, I was also required to conduct intake assessments and develop psychological formulations for new referrals while liaising with other mental health professionals for the purpose of establishing a mutually agreed treatment plan.

As well as working in private practice, I conduct psychological assessments at a London based mental health charity and provide clinical group supervision for trainee counsellors based here. I also provide telephone counselling for the Employee Assistance Program division at BUPA. In the past, I have facilitated personal and professional development groups at my training institution.

Qualifications:

  • BSc(Hons) Psychology (2006) - The Open University
  • Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling (2006) - New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling (NSPC)
  • MSc Existential Counselling Psychology (2009) Middlesex University (NSPC)
  • CPD in Time-Limited Existential Therapy (2009) - New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • CPD in working with issues related to Human Sexuality (2013) New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Currently completing a professional Doctorate in Existential Counselling Psychology - Middlesex University (NSPC)
  • Clinical research on the impact of different understandings of spirituality on the process of therapy

Professional Registration & Memberships:

  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) - no. 691735
  • Registered Independent Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychothapists (UKRCP) - no.691735
  • Member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
  • Member of the British Psycological Society (BPS) - no. 195295
  • Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DoCP) at the BPS
  • Member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)

I am bound by the Professional Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework set out by the above organisations. Please follow the link for further details on these policies:

http://www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/

http://www.bps.org.uk/what-we-do/ethics-standards/ethics-standards

 

Martin Laurent at London Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology in London Bridge SE1