Louise Futcher PG.Dip.Coun. MBACP
450 Kingsland Road
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I'm Louise and I'm a MBACP Registered therapist doing short-term and long-term counselling/psychotherapy in Dalston. I work with individual adult clients who are gay, queer, straight, bi, pan, asexual and questioning, and with all genders. I also work with clients who may find it difficult to access mainstream therapy, including people who are kinky, non-monogamous and polyamorous people.
I have experience with a variety of issues including parent-child relationships, perfectionism and control, feelings around not belonging, loneliness, lack of direction, self sabotaging behaviour, and self-esteem and confidence issues. Some clients use the space to gain self awareness, some to bring about change in their life with a supportive environment in which to reflect and voice fears, and some wish to resolve specific issues. I provide a warm, open minded and empathetic environment in which to explore change or to heal.
I do GSRD Therapy (gender, sexuality and relationship diverse), which is actively supporting and understanding of non-heteronormative ways of living and being, working with my clients towards understanding and acceptance of themselves whatever their way of living and being - I am passionate about challenging society's tendency of accepting difference only when it fits into a heteronormative model. My therapy is also sex positive and body positive.
I use an integrative approach with an emphasis on psychodynamic. The integrative approach integrates methods from different approaches which enables me to tailor the therapy for each client's individual needs. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on bringing the unconscious into consciousness to enable to the client to become more aware of their attitudes, thoughts and feelings, and how they affect their life and relationships. This can help identify the origin of unwanted thought patterns and behaviours.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of my practice. I strongly believe that therapy should be accessible to all, regardless of class, income, race, sexuality, gender expression, relationship type, health and disability, employment type or status, or mental health status, and I understand how people with such differences might be affected by prejudice and discrimination.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a lot of experience working with LGBTQI+ clients (this can include gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, trans* individuals, intersex people, non-binary people, queer people, those questioning their sexuality, asexuals, men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women). My counselling is queer affirmative, meaning that we work towards acceptance of non-straight sexualities, rather than trying to 'cure' them. l have worked with several clients on exploring their gender identity and expression, which includes those with non-binary identities, and exploring whether they wish to undertake some form of physical transition.
I am a 'kink knowledgeable' therapist, which means I am informed about and accepting of BDSM lifestyles, relationships and activities, have experience of working with kinky clients, and will not attempt to 'cure' you of your interest in BDSM nor dissuade you from participating in BDSM activities. I instead support clients who participate in BDSM/kink, with an understanding of the terminology and dynamics involved.
I work in a positive way with people in non-traditional relationships such as polyamorous, open relationships, non-monogamous etc without judgement, but with an understanding of the dynamics of such relationship arrangements.
Your sexuality will not necessarily be the focus of our counselling work, unless you want it to be. I offer a safe space in which you can explore your sexuality and/or gender identity in a supportive, understanding setting.
LGBTQ+ people may have to deal with pain and trauma which can be associated with the coming out process, dealing with the reactions of friends, family and co-workers, being part of an oppressed minority and of self-acceptance as an LGBTQ+ person. In addition, there can be issues around social isolation, body image, substance abuse, loneliness and isolation, sex 'addiction' and compulsivity, homophobia/biphobia/transphobia, bullying and victimisation, and HIV/STI-associated risky behaviour. I have undertaken training on working with LGBTQ+ clients including trans* clients, on chemsex and on HIV/AIDS awareness, and have attended academic conferences on gender and sexuality, as well as drawing on my personal experiences as a queer person and my relationships with other LGBTQ+ people.
I am part of London Sex and Relationships Therapy, a collective of respected counsellors and psychotherapists working with sexual, gender and relationship diversities. www.londonsexrelationshiptherapy.com
Diploma in Counselling (Psychodynamic) Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Integrative with a transcultural emphasis) London Metropolitan University
Volunteer Counsellor March 2012 - October 2014. ELOP (East London Out Project) LGBTQ Centre
Honorary Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Sept 2013 - October 2014. St Mungo's Homeless Hostel
Short courses and conferences
Working with couples (of all sexualities)
HIV & AIDS Awareness
Working with ChemSex
Sex, love, addiction and compulsivity
My Gender Workshop with Kate Bornstein
In the last few years I have attended academic lectures and conferences on issues including feminism, sex, gender and sexual diversity, and LGBTQI+ issues.
In April 2014 I attended the 2-day Trans* 2014 conference held by Pink Therapy, and in March 2015 I gave a talk at their 'Beyond the Rainbow' conference on BDSM/Alternative Sexualities.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Polyamory, non-monogamy, open relationships, queer, LGBT, chemsex, BDSM/kink, genderqueer, trans, non-binary, coming out, feminist therapy, sex workers, transcultural therapy, vegan, body positive, fat positive, sex positive, queer femme, gay, bi, lesbian therapy, queer therapy.
My fees are on a sliding scale between £65 and £40; the fee is assessed on income. Evening slots (5pm onwards) are charged at £60-65 and daytime slots are £50-55.
Please contact me via the contact form on my website.
Further information is on my website. To contact me please use the contact form on my website rather than via Counselling Directory. Please note that I am currently only working with individuals, not couples or other relationships.
I do not offer 'emergency' counselling sessions. It usually takes three to eight days to arrange an assessment session, with therapeutic sessions commencing the following week subject to availability. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you should speak to your GP or contact Samaritans www.samaritans.org.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have short-term slots available daytime and early evening.
Types of client