A. Louise Hodgson - MSc Counsellor and Psychotherapist, UKCP member
Due to COVID-19, sessions are via online video, ensuring you still experience face to face therapy.
Remote therapy may seem a bit daunting, particularly if this is an unfamiliar way of working or you've not had therapy before but it really doesn't need to be. Feel free to contact me if you have any particular concerns about working online and I'll be happy to discuss these with you.
Many of us are finding life difficult at present, so if you're one of them, you're certainly not alone! Whether it's due to coronavirus, a separate life event or ongoing issues, such as feelings of stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, I offer an empathic, confidential, non-judgemental environment to help and support you.
Your therapy is about you and no one knows you better than you know yourself. I will not advise what you should do but help enable you to make those choices and decisions. Your therapy sessions offer time and space for you to offload and be heard, to explore what has brought you into therapy and to help you gain a deeper knowledge of yourself and what’s happening for you.
About Me: I began training as a psychotherapist in 2013 on a UKCP accredited course. (You can find out more about the UKCP at https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/). I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2015 and in 2019 achieved my MSc in Psychotherapy and qualified as a psychotherapist. I am classed as an integrative psychotherapist as I have an understanding of several theoretical models. This gives me a broader scope to better understand and support you.
I have been practicing for over six years and have worked in a GP surgery, a mental health charity and have had my private practice for over five years. Over the years, I have worked with a wide range of issues and frequently work anxiety, stress, low mood, low self esteem, bereavement and loss, work and relationship issues and early life trauma.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?: Definitions of both vary depending on the source, so if you haven't already, you might think about doing a little reading around each, to gain a better understanding. As a very general guide, counselling tends to be more here and now support and is usually shorter term. Psychotherapy explores a little deeper and tends to be longer term.
Beginning therapy: After getting in touch with me, I will have a quick chat with you over the phone about your needs, then if you wish, we will arrange your first session. This session is the assessment session which will usually last around 40 minutes (and no longer than 50 minutes). It will help us get to know one another and discuss in more detail what you wish to gain from therapy. It provides me with the opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for you and for you to decide likewise. This is important, as feeling comfortable with your therapist, can have a significant influence on the outcome of therapy. All subsequent sessions from this point will be 50 minutes long.
Online sessions: Sessions are undertaken via VSee or Zoom; which are free apps that you simply download. Emails are sent to you via Protonmail which is a more secure form of communication.
Work undertaken: direct referrals, EAP, ad hoc business, insurance.
Taking the first step into therapy may feel daunting, so if there's anything you want to discuss, just call, text or email me. You can also find more information or arrange an appointment via my website.
"I'm waiting to listen when you're ready to talk".
Training, qualifications & experience
My training and qualifications were undertaken at Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling with criteria set in conjunction with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
This criteria included a mandatory four years of training, assessing, practice and supervision. This was extended by an additional two years as I undertook and completed my Masters, qualifying as a psychotherapist in 2019.
Undertaking such a thorough training, assessment and qualifying process demonstrates that I have achieved a standard, nationally recognized by the UKCP. You can find out more about the UKCP at https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/about-ukcp/
MSc in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I have been practsing for over six years and have worked in a GP practice, mental health organisation and private practice which I set up over five years ago. I have worked with a wide range of issues in both the short term and long term.
If there's anything you want to know specifically about my training, qualifications or experience, just get in touch.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£52.00 per session
£52.00 per 50 minute session
£40.00 for initial 50 minute assessment session