A. Louise Hodgson - Psychotherapist, UKCP Mem.
In response to COVID-19, I am offering online therapy as well as some face to face therapy.
I understand that remote working may seem a daunting prospect, 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.
If you're finding life difficult at present, you're certainly not alone. Whether it's due to coronavirus, an unrelated 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 you better understand yourself, enabling 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 counselling and to help you better understand yourself and what’s happening for you.
I have been practicing for six years, initially working in a GP surgery and mental health charity before working solely in private practice. Since first beginning my training as a psychotherapist in 2013, I have worked with a wide range of issues, developing and enhancing my knowledge and experience. I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2015 and in 2019 achieved my MSc in psychotherapy and qualified as a psychotherapist.
Beginning therapy: After getting in touch with me, I will usually have a quick chat with you over the phone and arrange your first session. This will be a 50-minute assessment (all subsequent sessions will also be 50 minutes). This will help us get to know one another and discuss what you wish to gain from therapy. It also 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.
Online sessions: Sessions are undertaken via VSee or Zoom; free apps that you simply download as an app and emails are sent to you via Protonmail. Both recognise GDPR regulations.
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 recognised by the UKCP. You can find out more about the UKCP here https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/about-ukcp/
MSc in Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist - accreditation/membership pending
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor - UKCP Accredited
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I have been practising for over six years and have worked in a GP practice, mental health organisation and private practice which I set up over three 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£52.00 per 50 minute session
£40.00 for initial 50 minute assessment session