Louise Ballard MBACP(Accred)
I aim to offer you a safe and accepting space where we can explore your issue, so that you will gain understanding, insight and perspective that will help you to move forward. As a humanistically trained counsellor, I believe in the centrality of the therapeutic relationship in the therapeutic process. I work alongside you, to help you to find your own path; I won’t tell you what to do or give you advice; rather we will work together to find what is right for you.
I work in an integrative way. This means that I draw on my core humanistic training together with the knowledge and experience gained from further professional development, to offer what is most relevant and helpful to you. I work short term and long term depending on your specific needs.
Before I moved into private work in 2017, I had over 10 years’ experience of working in the NHS based within GP surgeries and working with clients referred by their GPs. I routinely encountered and worked with a huge range of client issues from anxiety and depression to sexual abuse and identity issues. In addition to this I have worked at Scarborough Sixth Form College and at Leeds Trinity University and also as a volunteer counsellor at York Women's Counselling, where I saw vulnerable women for longer term therapy.
I offer sessions from St Bedes in York - centrally located in Blossom Street and near to car parks and the station - and from The Old Hungate Hospital Building in Sherburn - part of Sherburn Group Medical Practice.
I am currently a Visiting Lecturer at York St John University teaching on the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
Prior to training as a counsellor I worked in HR and Management Development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling for Depression York St John University 2014
Diploma in Counselling (Distinction) York St John University 2008
Certificate in Counselling York St John University 2005
Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development 1995
BSc(Hons) Business 1991
As an accredited BACP member I am committed to on-going CPD and have attended numerous workshops and training programmes such as:
Working at Relational Depth, Existential Counselling, Working with Anxiety, Worry and Rumination, Mindfulness, Working with Low Self-Esteem, Working with Trauma and Dissociation, Use of Attachment, Working therapeutically with eating disorders, Family Constellations, Working with the Unspoken in Therapy, Working with Trauma
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Qualified in Counselling for Depression - a NICE recommended treatment of depression
Initial session: £20
Thereafter £45 per session
Please enquire regarding concessional spaces
I am registered with BUPA's Mental Health Network (if you are a BUPA member you may get sessions funded)
St Bedes, York - Mondays & Wednesdays
Sherburn in Elmet - Tuesdays
Currently no evening appointments are available