Laura Duester | Accredited Professional Counsellor | Bicester | NCPS

Laura Duester

Member Status: Accredited Professional

Member No: NCS20-01539

Location: Bicester

I'm a qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, providing one-to-one sessions online and in Oxfordshire.

I provide a safe, supportive and empathetic space where you can think about yourself and your difficulties. Together, we'll explore how to help you feel better, increase self-understanding, and make positive changes in your life.

Whatever you're struggling with, counselling will enable you to share your thoughts, feelings, problems and worries in total confidence. I'll help you to process painful feelings, including sadness, guilt, fear and anger. I’ll also encourage you to find your strengths, challenge self-doubt, and discover what truly makes you happy.

I will share my insights and reflections to help you understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life. Therapy will always follow the pace you’re comfortable with, giving you time and space to reflect on your situation and consider the best way forward.

I'm trained in a variety of different counselling styles and tailor my approach according to each client's individual needs.

The type of counselling that's most useful to you is likely to vary over time. Sometimes, you may just want to talk with a kind and impartial listener. At other times, you may prefer to dig deep into your problems and gain understanding, with me acting as fellow detective to help you work out what's going on. Sometimes, a more practical, solution-focused approach with goals, activies and coping strategies will be most helpful. We will always work together to find out what works best for you.

My main training is in psychodynamic counselling, which sees the ‘psyche’ – a difficult word to translate, encompassing the self, thoughts, emotions, soul and mind – as constantly active and changing. Psychodynamic theory is based on part of the mind being unconscious, with experiences during childhood shaping the way in which people behave, think and experience life. However, I also draw on humanist, existential, positive psychology, CBT, creative and other approaches to help clients overcome problems and difficulties.

I've experienced the huge benefits of counselling many, many times - both as a patient and psychotherapist. I'm extremely passionate about mental health and love giving people the support they need to find self-acceptance and live a satisfying and meaningful life.

It can be extremely daunting to contact a counsellor or psychotherapist; you may fear being judged or be unsure what to say. But I’ve seen countless people who’ve said reaching out to a counsellor was the best thing they’ve ever done. Please get in touch to book a session or ask any questions.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
    Level 4 Award in Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    Level 6 Certificate in Promoting Public Health
    Qualified Happiness Facilitator
    Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Life Coaching
    Qualified Mental Health First Aider
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Job interviews
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Phobias
    • Relationships
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Sporting performance
    • Stress
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
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