Laura Monk

Laura Monk

Phone: 07882 464 133

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About me and my work

I am a BACP registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, and a consultant, supervisor and educator. I have a breadth and depth of experience in a variety of settings, e.g., the NHS, Safeline (child and adult survivors of child sexual abuse), Coventry Haven (domestic abuse), Face2Face (children and young people, RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners’ Trust), and in exclusive addiction treatment centres. I work with individuals, families and groups, i.e. 1-2-1 and group therapy.

I am currently a counselling tutor at University of Nottingham, teaching on their undergraduate degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice. In the past, I have taught psychology to undergraduates and on a specialised module on the effects of domestic abuse on women’s mental health at doctoral level. My teaching influences my way of working by anchoring me in humanistic theory and practice, which is an existential, authentic, relational approach. This means that I understand people as unique individuals with a tendency for growth and development, whose potential can be thwarted by life’s experiences – but also nurtured in an environment that has the right conditions for change, i.e. a good therapeutic relationship where work at some depth can take place. I am part of a university research group that is influenced by positive psychology and is focussed on human flourishing and post-traumatic growth. I strive to help clients become who they really are, to realise their full potential, and flourish as a human beings – no matter what their backgrounds and challenges.

My specialist areas are in addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, sex) and in abuse-related and complex trauma. In my experience these areas are highly correlated and can have a profound and long-lasting effect on individuals and their families. Therefore, I offer mainly long term therapy for adults and young people who are experiencing/in recovery from oppression, trauma and abuses – especially coercive control, emotional/psychological/sexual/verbal abuse and child sexual abuse. I am a Women’s Aid domestic abuse prevention advocate and I research in this field as a social psychologist. I am an expert in understanding mother-child separation in a context of domestic abuse, particularly when this is engineered by controlling partners/ex-partners. I speak at conferences and seminars on this issue and, in addition to therapy, provide consultancy to mothers in such situations, and consultative supervision to practitioners. I developed training for professionals in how to improve their responses to mothers who have become, or are at risk of becoming, separated from their children, and I understand how difficult it can be for survivors to find expert, confidential, specialist support that is safe and non-judgmental. In my work, I have developed a nuanced understanding of gender issues and how social matters impact women and men, which has led to a trauma-informed, feminist way of working that understands the individual in a social context.

My practice in London is small due to my teaching and research commitments but I also offer Skype and walk and talk therapy. I also offer a more intensive way of working over whole weekends in select locations in the countryside and by the sea, which I find provokes deep contemplation and inspiration.

 

Training

Undertook core training at the University of Warwick and gained a first class BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Awarded an MSc in Psychology with Distinction by Coventry University.

Completed specialised trained with Women’s Aid to practise as a Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate.

Trained in Irvin Yalom’s method of interpersonal group psychotherapy with RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners’ Trust) in London before working on drug treatment programmes in male prisons in the UK.

Studied for a Counselling Supervision Diploma with Lindum College. I provide consultative supervision to a range of practitioners interested in reflective practice and reflexivity.

 

Professional Affiliations

I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I also belong to the following professional associations:

Women’s Aid

British Psychological Society (graduate member, and member of the Psychology of Women section)

I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework 2016

 

Fees

£65 per face-to-face session (50 minutes)

£40 per Skype session (50 minutes)

£40 per hour for walk and talk therapy (usually multiple hours)

Intensive weekends start from £450

£90 for 1.5 hours supervision

Prices on application for group retreats (both mixed and women only). Please contact me if you would like to place your name on the waiting list.