Please note: Your email will be sent to The Listening Room practice owner and forwarded directly to your therapist for your initial inquiry - please allow 24 to 48 hours for further contact. All inquiries are handled with the up most confidentiality at all times.

Annie Porteous-Butler 

Having experienced a significant bereavement at a young age, I struggled with Depression for many years. However, it was witnessing my children struggle that really brought home to me the need for something to change about my approach to life and my relationships with other people. The journey I embarked on resulted in my application to train as a counsellor. 

However, far from being an end-point, the training had it’s own challenges, not least when I was diagnosed with a disabling condition which put my counselling qualification in jeopardy.

As well as my passion for working with young people, and those struggling with chronic illness and disability, it was through personal trauma that I realised how important it is for everyone to be truly heard. No matter what your life experience; there is no hierarchy of need; each experience, each story, each struggle is unique and important. I also know that asking for help can feel daunting, especially when you've convinced yourself that nobody could ever understand.

As a person-centred counsellor, I offer a warm, accepting, non-judgmental, and confidential space in which you can explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours to find a deeper understanding of yourself, develop coping strategies to improve your resilience, and start the journey to better physical, mental, and emotional health.


Availability: Tuesday afternoons and evenings

Session Fee: £45  per 50 minute session

Larina Taylor

I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and registered member of the BACP.  I have a specialist counselling diploma in work with Children and Young People, and over 18 years’ experience supporting young people in education settings and inclusion.  I hold a BA(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am currently studying an MSc in the Psychology of Mental Health.

I offer individual counselling with young people from the age of 8 upwards and adults of any age.  I will work alongside you to help make sense of your experiences and life situations and can use a variety of approaches in consultation with you, to support our work together.  You will be able to talk in confidence about thoughts and feelings that may be troubling you in a safe and non-judgemental environment.  

I am experienced in counselling for the LGBTQ+ community having counselled for an LGBTQ+ charity for almost four years, where a large proportion of my work has been with transgender and non-binary people.  Further areas of experience are anxiety (GAD and Social), depression, self-esteem, sexuality and gender identity, discrimination, loss, family and relationships, trauma, inclusion, self-harm, bullying, ADHD, autism, and neurodiversity

I hold an enhanced DBS Certificate, professional indemnity insurance and ICO registration.  I comply with the BACP Ethical Framework and as such, have regular clinical supervision of the work that I do and a commitment to undertaking regular professional development.  

I offer a free 15-minute telephone, Teams or Zoom call as an initial consultation.   As counselling is relationship based, I recommend you then have an initial session during which we can begin to define what you are looking for in your therapy and so that you can gain an understanding of how we may work together.  Following this, you will have an idea of whether we are a good fit, and how you would like your sessions to proceed.  Our work, should you choose to move forward will be holistic, Person-Centred and mindful of any goals you have or approaches you would like to engage with.

Availability: Monday afternoons and evenings

Session Fee: £45 per 50 minute session

Sarah Carter

Availability: Wednesday afternoons and evenings

Session fee: £45 per 50 minute session