About Me - Sanctum (Counselling & Psychotherapy)
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Laurel Tester

A little about me…

My personal healing and professional journey began unknowingly at quite a young age. During this time my own internal struggle and existential pain was completely at odds with the family and greater community that I was born into. After many years of trying to deny the hard truth of my pain and desperately numbing out to its existence, I chose to look inward.  This began the long and at times painful process of rediscovering my innate capacity to heal and embrace life. As time pasted, I found I was no longer hurting in the ways that once consumed me. No longer making choices that could re-injure myself. Through this process, I decided to help others in finding freedom from the past, self-acceptance, and emotional balance.

In 2010 I began my training at University of Worcester in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. From there I became interested in group work and completed further training in Group Analysis with the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis) . This has lead me into post grad studies at University of Oxford in Psychodynamic approaches. Since my initial qualifications, I have found it the greatest privilege to work with others to assist them in learning how to gain mastery over their lives and deepen their relationships. I have worked with a diverse range of individuals and have an unwavering trust in the human ability to heal and thrive if given the right support. I have a special interest in C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Relational Trauma. I aim to build trusting and mutually meaningful relationships with my clients, bringing my person-hood as much as my expertise.