My Practice

 

Expert, confidential, specialist therapy for women survivors of abuse in London and Nottingham.

I agree with Katie Ghose (Chief Executive of Women’s Aid) who said that the current state of therapy for women survivors of abuse by non-specialist therapists is “useless at best and dangerous at worse”

(Women’s Aid first conference for therapists 2017)

 

Contact Information:

 Name:  Laura Monk MBACP (Accred.), MBPsS, BA, MSc, DAPA.

 Contact no: 07882 464133

 Email: laura.monk@warwickgrad.net

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Profile:

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 can assist parents and adult children or young people rebuild relationships after family breakdown.

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. This has led to a trauma-informed, feminist way of working that understands the effects of men’s violence and control of women on their psyches, and how difficult it can be to recover in a victim/mother-blaming society.

I see adults and young people in Gower Street, London and in Nottingham.  I also provide sessions by Skype and offer walk and talk therapy.  Additionally, some clients like to engage with a more intensive way of working over whole weekends in select locations in the countryside and by the sea, which can provoke deep contemplation and inspiration.

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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 training 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. 

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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

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 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

£90 consultancy for mothers-apart (information, guidance and support re family courts)

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.