Luisa Frisenda MA, BA (Hons) HCPC Reg. Counsellor/Arts Psychotherapist.
Hello and a warm welcome to you. My name is Luisa and I am a qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist having trained at masters degree level. I have twelve years experience working in the NHS, for schools and within private practice. I am able to work with children and adults and am skilled and able to help with many life challenges and difficulties you may be currently experiencing such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management, addictions and bereavement.
I know it can be daunting to take your first step to begin counselling but it is a sign of your strength and courage to reflect on how you can address any parts of your life and patterns of behaviour that are causing you distress and unhappiness. These can all be worked through together in a supportive, warm, non judgemental and confidential environment and at your own pace.
So what can you expect from our sessions? .......
- I will listen to you without judgement and in confidence and help you to explore and transform your emotions and behaviours.
- We will decide what your goals for counselling are and work towards achieving them week by week.
- If you feel it is helpful to you I am trained in utilising art, music, relaxation and mindfulness within sessions as well as talking.
- I can help you to experiment actively with alternative behaviours and strategies. This can help you to deal with social situations in life with greater understanding and assertiveness.
- Where you may have difficulty in verbalising experiences or feelings I am able to work with you creatively, enabling you to unlock difficult feelings without becoming overwhelmed or feeling vulnerable.
- Usually after our first assessment, sessions are arranged on a weekly basis on the same day and time each week.
- I will tailor make each session to reflect the goals that we set and to best support you on your journey.
- For children who come into counselling, I have a playroom equipped with toys, books, art materials and instruments to help with expression.
I am a compassionate, dedicated and empathic therapist and offer a safe, confidential and supportive space in which to work together. I work with personal and professional integrity to support you on your journey of personal development . I really enjoy the work that I do and feel that it is a privilege to be witness to each person's story. Please call, email or text me for an initial chat about working together and/or for an appointment.
I have a private practice in the Gidea Park/Hornchurch area. Other areas available upon request providing a counselling room can be sourced. Sometimes home visits are possible after an initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and registered therapist having undertaken training at Masters degree level. I am also a Life Coach and Trainer. My qualifications are:
MA Dramatherapy (one of the Arts Psychotherapies)
BA Hons Theatre Studies
Diploma in Life Coaching and Counselling
PTLLS qualified trainer
Level 5 certificate in running a weight management consultancy
I have undertaken many other training courses and CPD workshops including:
Working therapeutically with families
Working with clients who are hearing impaired
CBT for weight loss
Dance movement therapy
Creative groupwork with young people
Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare course
Louise Hay Heal your life workshops
Mindfulness and meditation
Psychology and mental health certificate
Self harming training
Anger Management training
I have over 12 years experience working as a counsellor, life coach, trainer and Dramatherapist. I have worked within mental health in the NHS, within primary and secondary schools, on freelance projects for local councils, the youth service and currently I work with a charity providing a Dramatherapy service for children and families experiencing distress and trauma.
I am registered with the HCPC (health and care professions council) and follow their code of professional practice.
I hold full insurance and am CRB checked to an enhanced level.
Testimonials are available on request.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Feeling stuck and lack of purpose in life
Inner child work
My fees are £45 for a 1 hour session for individual face to face counselling. Couples counselling is £55 per hour. Family counselling is between £50-£75 per session. Concessions are available for students at £35 per hour. Payment is made at the end of each session by cash or cheque. Concessions available for those on a low income. Please discuss with me.
I am able to offer group therapy for counselling/therapy students who are training at a cost of £35 for an hour and a half ,weekly session, maximum 6 students per group.
Parental/guardian consent is required for clients under 18 years of age.
I am specialised in working with clients who experience emotional over eating and am able to offer a mindful eating counselling programme tailored to this topic.
I have worked within the NHS in weight loss programmes and am a trained Lighter Life weight loss counsellor.
I am passionate about helping clients who struggle with a healthy psychological relationship with food and believe that counselling can help you to recognise how you may be using food as a comfort to make uncomfortable emotions more bearable.
Further information can be found on my website www.thedramabridge.co.uk.
Thank you for visiting this page. Wishing you all the best.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently available for Saturday's only as fully booked weekdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|