Hi, I'm Laura Turley, a qualified BACP Registered Integrative Counsellor, Certified Radical Honesty Trainer, and member of the Westcountry Association of Counsellors, specialising in face-to-face work, in person or online via Zoom™.
As well as working one-on-one with clients using a combination of traditional counselling models and systems, I am also committed to promoting and educating others in the practice of Radical Honesty: a form of Gestalt-based self-work developed in the US by Fritz Perls trained psychologist Dr. Brad Blanton. Having studied Radical Honesty since 2015 with Dr. Blanton, I became the first officially certified trainer in Great Britain in Spring 2017.
I am a musician, writer and artist, who works with love, humour and creativity to support my clients in their journey towards self-acceptance. Having changed career late in life, I have spent the last 5 years working with a wide variety of issues - ranging from depression, anxiety, anger, self-harm to sexual dysfunction, alcoholism and addiction - and am happy to work with you either in person or online, using the secure meeting app Zoom™.
I currently offer one-on-one and couples counselling from my office in central Exeter, as well as coaching in Radical Honesty® in person and via Zoom. Please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email to ask me about any aspect of my work.
ABOUT RADICAL HONESTY
Radical Honesty promotes direct, open communication of your authentic self, allowing you to drop the mask of who you pretend to be, and show your genuine face to the world. This can sound like a scary prospect: our imagination telling us that if we reveal our real thoughts and judgements to others, we will hurt feelings, be disliked or cause conflict. The reality is a sense of relief that we are finally seen by the people we care about, and that we can stop pretending to be someone we are not.
Often, we tell ourselves stories to avoid conversations we'd rather not have. We might convince ourselves that we know what someone else is thinking or feeling, without a single word having been exchanged, or that we can predict the outcome of a conversation so completely that it's pointless even beginning. We avoid 'confrontations' because we are unwilling to experience the physical sensations and thoughts that go with them, and tell ourselves a story that we should just 'deal with it', and get over our pain or sadness alone, without involving others.
Radical Honesty teaches that what we resist persists, and that - if we are willing to express, physically experience and sit with our emotions - we can finally learn to 'get over sh*t and be happy'. Described by its founder as 'an out-loud meditation', the goal of Radical Honesty is to move to a place where you are willing (and able!) to express yourselves authentically in the moment, without repressing, withholding or stockpiling your emotions, and so make genuine connection with everyone you meet.