Will psychotherapy be right for me?

Coming to therapy can feel daunting. The relationship between you and your therapist is at the core of therapy and it is important that you feel comfortable working together.

Different therapeutic approaches work better for some people than they do for others. I have trained in different modalities and will endeavour to work in a way that best suits you.

What happens in the first session?

The first session is an assessment session during which we will have the chance to meet and decide if we are happy working together.

I will invite you to talk about your reasons for seeking therapy and you will have a chance to ask questions about the process of therapy and to share what you hope to achieve. 

How long will I be in therapy?

Ultimately, this is up to you. Some people, who have a specific focus for exploration, may seek short-term therapy for up to six sessions. Others may chose a more long-term approach for wider reflections on their lives.

This will be talked about during the initial appointment and we will agree on a set number of sessions which can be reviewed in regular intervals.

Can I terminate therapy early?

I would always recommend attending a final session. This will provide an opportunity for mutual feedback and the summarising of the process of therapy.

However, you naturally have the option to ultimately terminate therapy whenever you feel it is appropriate or necessary to do so.

Will therapy be confidential?

I fully adhere to the Professional Code of Conduct set out by the BACP and BPS which regulates the issue of confidentiality. I keep all client details digitally and encrypted. The content of all sessions is fully confidential. For further information on confidentiality as regulated by the BACP, please visit:


Is the therapist professionally trained? 

I am fully trained and qualified as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor. In this capacity, I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and registered on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP).

I am also undergoing training as a Doctor in Counselling Psychology (DPsych). I have completed all mandatory theoretical and practical training and am currently engaged in completing a final research project and writing the doctorate thesis. In this capacity, I am aiming to achieve chartered status as a Counselling Psychologist granted by the Health Professions Council (HPC).

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