Lou Birks MA MBACP

Lou Birks MA MBACP

West Parade
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX1

07756 467 785

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About me

I work in a down to earth, non-judgemental and practical way, with great compassion. My practice room is calm, comfortable, peaceful and quiet, with good public transport and ample free parking.

They say that the best predictor of a successful outcome from therapy is the relationship with the counsellor/therapist. A free introductory session gives us the chance to meet, see if you feel comfortable, and to talk a bit about what you might like to work on with me. At that session you can get a good idea of whether or not I’m the right person for you...

I like to work with clear aims where possible, so that you feel like you’re getting somewhere making the changes you need. Even finding out what those aims might be can be a game changer for some. Whether it’s an old way of being, or a childhood issue that holds you back, an unrealised ambition, or a relationship difficulty that never seems to change, I can help you get to the bottom of things and hopefully clear the way for a different kind of future. I am experienced in working with individuals, couples and groups, using both short and long term solutions.

I see people on Monday evenings, Thursdays and Fridays.

Contact me here to find out more about:

  • One to one therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Women’s therapy group (new)

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PGCE - University of Greenwich, London
  • MA - Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dip Person Centred counselling - Swarthmore College, Leeds
  • PG Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy, Leeds

I am trained and experienced as an integrative relational counsellor & psychotherapist and use a clear theoretical framework, enabling me to work responsively, using a person centred basis but also Counselling for Depression, CBT/behavioural, Gestalt, TA, existential and creative techniques where needed.  As a registered member of the BACP I abide by its ethical framework.

I originally worked in theatre and film, moving on to incorporate this into teaching and corporate training, latterly focussing on personal development and support.  For the last few years I have also worked in voluntary sector mental health services, with an interest in power, diagnosis and peer support.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Dissociation friendly
  • Sexuality/gender/identity
  • Race/racism/cultural experience
  • Adoptive parenting
  • Loss

Photos & videos

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Fees

Free Introductory session, then on a sliding scale:

  • adults £30 - 45 (some concessions also available - please ask)
  • full-time students £25 - 30
  • young people (14-19) £25 - 30

Further information

Although I am experienced in workingwith many different and complex presenting issues, I also have a personal interest in working with: self worth/confidence, feeling cut off/dissociation, trauma (single event/complex), bereavement and loss (of self or others), adoption & fostering/attachment, and self care (for family/professional ‘carers’).

Maps & Directions

Halifax, HX1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: BSL1 - rusty but deaf and disability aware.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

About 12 steps to go up and a standard size doorway. Disabled access toilet level with the practice room. Lift installation is work in progress.

Availability

I hold sessions on Monday evenings, Thursdays and Fridays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups