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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, face-to-face, telephone and video link.

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

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. I also have extensive experience in voluntary sector mental health services, with an interest in power, diagnosis and peer support.

Member organisations


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

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Additional information

Free Introductory session, then on a sliding scale:

  • adults £35 - £45
  • full-time students £30


I hold sessions on Monday evenings, Thursdays and Fridays.

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 Parade
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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

Languages offered

BSL1 - rusty but deaf and disability aware.

Lou Birks MA MBACP

Lou Birks MA MBACP