Louisa Harris

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Guildford GU8 & London SE24
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I work with adults affected by chronic illness (physical and/or psychological) and/or medical trauma. Together we work to overcome feelings of loneliness, fear, frustration, and identity loss, so you feel empowered and resilient.

Do you feel alone and frustrated when people don’t understand? Maybe you struggle to find where and how you fit in society, and wonder what’s the point of everything. Whether you’re unwell or in a caring role, life can become overwhelming and feel unfair when affected by chronic illness. Perhaps you feel your life has been turned upside down and you miss the previous life you had. 

Do you feel violated, invaded, or traumatised from something medical-related? Maybe you had tests or treatment which caused you distress, or you have seen someone experience a medical emergency, or you may be in a medical profession where you have been affected by what you witnessed.

These are just a few of the challenges we could explore together. I have personal experience of living with chronic health difficulties including a rare condition, which has given me first-hand experience of what it can feel like to encounter many of the concerns and feelings I have discussed above. I ‘get it’. I have spent my career caring for others in various settings, mostly supporting those who are chronically or acutely unwell, so understand different perspectives.

After having therapy with me, many clients have expressed feeling heard, understood, hopeful, and less fearful, as well as having a better understanding of themselves. We can work together to help you become more resilient, less fearful, and more confident in coping with your future.

I combine different therapies to support you through counselling, depending on your individual needs. I have also been a Samaritan for many years. As well as running my private practice, I have experience counselling cancer patients and their families/carers at a Hospital Cancer Unit. I also volunteer as a counsellor at a university. 

Although I specialise in counselling those impacted by ill-health and medical trauma, I also see clients for a wide range of difficulties: 

  • Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues, grief, abuse, 
  • Neurodiversity, addictions, eating disorders
  • Bullying, anger, exploring gender, confusion about sexuality, 

If you would like to book an initial 50-minute video call session with me, please contact me via the ‘Email me’ link. This initial session allows us both to see how we could work together, discuss what has brought you to therapy at this point, and explore what you are hoping to get from having counselling with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

Levels 1-3 Counselling, 
FdSc Degree in Integrative Counselling, 
Regular CPD.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Physical chronic illness 
Psychological chronic illness  
Short-term illness 
Medical trauma 


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

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Louisa Harris
Louisa Harris