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About me

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 see if you feel comfortable, and to talk a bit about what you might like to work on with me. During that session you can get a good idea of whether or not I’m the right person for you...

I work in a down-to-earth and compassionate way, using video call or over the phone.  I like to work with you on clear aims, 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 use an integrative approach and have extensive experience of working with individuals, couples and groups, using both short and long term solutions.

Contact me here to find out about available sessions.

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
  • Certificate in Supervision - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy

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.

My previous career was in theatre and film, before moving on to incorporate this into teaching and corporate training, latterly focussing on personal development and mental health support. I also have extensive experience in voluntary sector mental health services, with a particular interest in power dynamics and mental health diagnosis.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Dissociation friendly
  • Sexuality/gender/identity
  • Race/racism/cultural experience
  • Attachment
  • Loss/grief

Fees

From £40.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

Free Introductory session, then on a sliding scale:

  • adults £40 - £55
  • full-time students £35

I sometimes have a place available for those on more limited incomes.  Please contact me for details.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Contact me about possible other availability.

Further information

Although I am experienced in working with 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), experiences of adoption & fostering/attachment, and self care (for family/professional ‘carers’).

West Yorkshire
HX1

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS checked

Please contact me about any access requirements for video link or telephone/text.

Additional languages

BSL1 - rusty but deaf and disability aware.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I now work exclusively on-line and the phone doing client and supervision work, with several years experience working face to face.

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Lou Birks MA MBACP Counselling/Psychotherapy & Supervision

Lou Birks MA MBACP Counselling/Psychotherapy & Supervision