I am a chartered psychologist offering face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy in Wokingham and Windsor.
Psychological therapy can help you deal with any difficulties, life issues or symptoms of psychological disorder. It may be that you have recently gone through a life changing event such as a divorce or career change and need help in coming to terms with it. You may be having problems in your relationship, or are feeling stressed, depressed or anxious. You can talk about anything that is worrying you in a non-judgmental and confidential setting.
However, counselling and psychotherapy is not only for resolving problems. It is valuable for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and their relationships and improve their general sense of emotional well-being.
My training and experience covers a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy. In our initial session I will help you decide which approach is most suitable for you, perhaps integrating aspects from different approaches to create a unique blend suited to you and your specific needs.
I can offer short-term, problem-focussed (6-18 sessions) or longer term therapy as appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am accredited by the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society and abide by their Ethics and Code of Conduct.
My qualifications include:
*MA (Hons) Psychology (Cambridge 1998)
*PGDip Counselling Psychology (Roehampton 2003)
*MSc Counselling Psychology (Roehampton Univ 2005)
*PGDip Practice of Counselling Psychology (Roehampton 2008)
*Training certificates in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Anxiety Management, Rewind Therapy, CBT for Personality Disorders, Working with Couples, Anger and Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trichotillomania (hair pulling / skin picking)
Coping with life events / issues
Counselling takes place in comfortable, confidential premises. There is free parking and both sites are easily accessible by public transport.
Please contact me if you want to find out more or to check my availability.
"My therapist Louise Watson was amazing. Very compassionate, extremely smart and insightful. Has a great array of techniques and approaches to help her clients and was able to tailor her therapy to my issues to get a life changing result when previous therapists had only been able to give me a partial improvement."
"I wasn't sure what to expect from counselling and a big part of me was sceptical about it initially. But after the first session I felt much more relaxed and totally comfortable in talking to Louise about my issues. The counselling with Louise gave me the skills to keep on top of life's problems and to keep things in perspective. I would whole heartedly recommend Louise to anyone seeking counselling."
"Louise is a different kind of counsellor. Rather than just nodding sagely and sympathising during our sessions, which has been my previous experience of counselling, she challenges you to think about what you did, or said, in order to understand more about your reactions to events. Her approach is refreshing and it works. I feel more able to handle my own emotions than ever before, and adding to that her coaching on how to handle other people's emotions has improved my relationships with my husband and my work colleagues."
"I was a little apprehensive about talking openly to someone but the sessions were so well-structured that this quickly wasn't an issue. Louise's approach makes you feel relaxed and calm, helping to highlight any issues and deal with them positively. I benefited considerably from talking things through with Louise and it really helped me to move forward with my life."
"I always left sessions feeling lighter and more positive about my situation. Louise was empathetic and respectful, and helped me to see things with greater clarity and perspective. I found her experience and knowledge of my particular difficulties insightful - I now have a greater understanding of the nature of my difficulties and with Louise's support, I've developed a range of coping strategies and feel much happier as a result."
"My sessions with Louise provided much needed support in addressing my OCD and anxieties. Louise has a relaxed but very professional approach and she showed a good depth of knowledge and understanding of the issues. She was able to explain thinking patterns, explore alternative ways of thinking and challenge my beliefs. I found CBT a very effective remedy."
"I sought therapy following a relationship breakdown and also because of issues associated with being black and adopted into a white family. Prior to counselling, I experienced burning pangs of anxiety and panic attacks. I struggled to find employment. I felt completely overwhelmed and lacking in confidence to tackle key aspects of my life. Louise helped me to move on from issues associated with the past, notably my fears around confrontation, my lack of confidence, over eating and drinking issues. Louise empowered me to take control of my life and value myself. I have techniques that I use to manage alcohol and food, and to clearly communicate my needs, which means I no longer feel frustrated or angry. I have a job, feel in control and happy."
"In 2009 having been advised by my GP to try CBT after a panic attack and feeling that I wasn't coping well with my rising levels of anxiety I was lucky to find Louise. From the first of my weekly meetings she was able to help me manage my anxiety and stress with a balance of active, practical techniques whilst also working through my thoughts and previous experiences to help me understand why I reacted anxiously to certain situations. I was able to quickly bring my anxiety levels under control - the impact on my tension headaches was particularly dramatic and the relief immense. Since completing my sessions with Louise I have used the various techniques she taught me many times, particularly in episodes of stress that normally would have quickly escalated to panic or feelings of extreme anxiety. I have also been able to more clearly understand how I can control my thinking and behaviour to deal with stressful situations in a more productive and less anxious way - a long term fix that has really been satisfying to have in my mental armoury."