Louanne Lachman, BSc Psychology, MBACP (Accred), AMT (Accred)
82 Colston Street
As a therapist, I am focused on being of utmost assistance to my clients through finding the way to work with them that matches them well. Each person has their own way of working and if we are not a good match, I will help you find another therapist.
I have had a very complex past which has allowed me to live in many different countries and be a part of many different cultures. I love to embrace the multitude of ways that we hold our past and become ourselves. The diversity of my history, as well as my professional training, informs my work. A variety in cultures, sexualities, genders and traumas is something I welcome in my work and in my life. Racism and other forms of intolerance are a group of issues that I have a passion for addressing.
I work in central Bristol, across the UK and internationally via web-video, and telephone. I offer an initial complimentary telephone or video consultation to answer your questions and discuss working together. Alternatively, you can meet me for our first session at a reduced rate (£35) in order to allow for the free initial meeting you would have on the phone.
Counselling is a journey of learning about yourself. Part of this learning is about how your history and the beliefs you have about yourself impact your current well being. Together, we will explore ways to be with all of your personal difficulties in a way that allows you to become more at ease.
I am a qualified BACP psychotherapist and counsellor. I am trained to use a wide variety of counselling techniques which allow me to adapt my approach to suit the needs of each individual client. The main theoretical approaches that I use in my work are; Body centred, Person-centred and Humanistic. My website provides more information about my work, www.energycounselling.co.uk.
While I specialise in trauma and long term illness, below is a list of some of the areas I have experience of working with. Yet if you cannot relate to any of these issues, please know that I am open to working with any problem that you may bring.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Long Term illness
Services that I offer:
I love to work with people as they transform and become happy with themselves. I do this through the services listed below. As a practitioner and trainer, I specialise in energy psychology practices. These practices create ease in the midst of great pain. I have used them for my own wellbeing and for supporting family and friends. They are indispensable tools that I teach in workshops and in my counselling practice.
- Individual counselling
- Individual training
- Supervision of therapists and counsellors
Workshop feedback (I do not post personal counselling feedback):
“EFT training was an amazing experience, I knew very little about EFT and had no expectation of what I might experience or learn. I found Lou informative with extensive knowledge and experience in many aspects of EFT; the only negative I can recall is the time passed so quickly. I have since worked with clients utilising EFT with consistently effective results on many levels.” Jennifer Campbell, Counsellor
“Excellent workshop, didn’t know what to expect but came away feeling highly positive and energised about myself and my business vision.” Jamie McGhee, Web designer
“I felt in capable hands, held but also challenged. Lou has a killer smile. A powerful experience and a wonderful opportunity to share, not feel so isolated.” Linda Williamson, Psychotherapist
“Good to get the time and space to think more about what I want in relation to the practice. And to get everyone’s words relating to a heartfelt business up.” Freddy Weaver, Counsellor
“I’d like to see the heartfelt business vision on a bigger scale, in bright colours, so we can take away a great photo to print out and keep/put up as a vision.” Becky Wilkinson, Massage therapist
"Feel quite excited! Can really see how I could integrate into practice and my own personal life!"
"I really enjoyed the benefit of technique in Core Process as a whole. The personal experience of 'technique' was enlightening for my own benefit that undoubtably will benefit and enhance my practice."
"Good well balanced programme, facilitator willing to be flexible mirroring counselling process, whilst still holding and ensuring rounded programme."
"The trainer was approachable and facilitating. It was well structured and incorporated flexibility."
"Very well presented and I appreciated the flexibility. Very safe space and well held."
“Felt powerful having the EFT modelled on me, gave me a good idea of how this works and how it feels for clients.” Hayley Rivers, Counsellor
“A very useful training, both for personal and professional use with clients, delivered with clarity and love.” Liz Igoe, Psychotherapist
“A very good day, I enjoyed Lou’s style as a facilitator, very well held, felt very safe.” More feedback and information about workshops can be found here: http://www.energycounselling.co.uk/workshops.html.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working with people therapeutically for over 20 years.
I currently have a private practice in counselling, psychotherapy, counselling supervision and training. I work both short and long term depending on the needs of my client.
In the past, I have worked for Bristol Drugs Project with opiate dependent people in Primary Care, for people who want to explore abstinence from opiates.
I have also worked with mandated clients in the United States. Some of my roles included:
- Facilitating women's groups
- Designing, facilitating, supervising, counselling and co-ordinating a service for people in the Substance Abuse Treatment programme in the local prison.
- Liasing with Probation, Social Services, Domestic Violence Services, Housing Services and Substance abuse treatment services to create better care for my client group.
- Facilitating women’s therapy group for women leaving prison
- Counselling clients in the local prison recovering from childhood trauma, sexual abuse and assault and substance abuse.
Growing up in a charitable organisation, I lived internationally as a child and adolescent in India, Zambia, Brazil, as well as all over the United States. As a young adult, I came to the United Kingdom and have lived here on and off for the past 27 years.
- Core Process Psychotherapy, 1991-1995
- Guided Self Healing, 1999-2000
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, Lane Community College, Oregon 2003
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Oregon, 2005
- Counselling Supervision training with Palmoasis, 2012
- Matrix Reimprinting
- EFT Level 2
- Trauma Symposium, Stroud
- ASIST Suicide Prevention
- Domestic Violence Intervention: A Collaborative Approach, Oregon
- Best Practice in Addiction
- HIV: Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction
- Changing Criminal Thinking
- Making a Positive Difference with Young People
- Drug Misuse: Treatment Planning
- Equality and Diversity
- Working with people who Self-Injure
- Process psychotherapy Study Group, Iona Fredenburgh
- Woman of Lifetime Healing
Membership of Professional Bodies
I am a full accredited member of the BACP and adhere to their best practice, ethical framework and continuous professional development guidelines and supervision requirements. I am currently on BACP voluntary register for practitioners.
I am a full accredited member of the Association for Meridian Therapies.
I am fully insured.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Body-centred counselling, Psycho-spiritual therapy, Core Process Psychotherapy, Meridian therapies, EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, TAT, Tapas Acupressure Technique, Matrix Reimprinting.
I offer a brief initial session by phone or Skype which gives you space to explore what you might like to achieve from therapy. You will also have an opportunity to ask me questions about the way I work and the therapy process as a whole. This session can be useful if you have not had therapy before and are unsure of what to expect.
If you choose to meet me in person, I will see you for 60 minutes. The fee for the initial session is £35.
Further sessions are charged at £55 per 60 minute session, evenings are charged at £60.
Supervision is £50 per session.
My concessionary spaces are currently filled and expect to be this way for awhile. These are available to individuals on benefits, students and those working part time hours. The concessionary fee ranges between £40-50 per session, depending on your circumstances. The fee can be agreed at the initial meeting. Please contact me directly if you have any questions about payment.
Workshops, training and retreats are priced according to their complexity and length. Please see my website www.energycounselling.co.uk for further details.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as the Association for Meridian Therapies. I completed my first psychotherapy training over 20 years ago and have over 16 years of experience working with people in hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, agencies, prisons and private practice.
I specialize in working with childhood abuse, childhood neglect, sexual abuse, trauma, racist trauma, long term illness, anxiety, addiction and depression.
I work in the central Bristol, across the UK and internationally via Skype, email, and telephone. I offer an initial complimentary telephone consultation to answer your questions and discuss working together. If you just book a session with me, your first consultation is reduced to account for the "free telephone consultation" time so that you are able to get a sense of working with me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My private practice currently runs Monday through Thursdays, both daytime and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I work with the practitioner on their own issues physically and emotionally in relation to the client until they are balanced and able to see the client clearly again.