Louise Ballard

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Available for new clients
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York YO10 & Sherburn In Elmet LS25
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a warm and compassionate person.  I shall offer you a safe and accepting space where we can explore what is going on for you and what it is that you want to gain through therapy.  We shall work together collaboratively with your focus, with the aim that you will gain understanding, insight and perspective that will help you to move forward.  As a humanistically trained counsellor, I believe that the therapeutic relationship we establish is crucial to the success of the therapeutic process. I shall 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, 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 The Raylor Centre in York - a calm space, conveniently located in James Street and with free parking and cycle racks, also on a bus route - and from a private room in the Eversley Park Centre in Sherburn.

I have also taught on the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling at York St John for a number of years.

Prior to training as a counsellor I worked in HR and Management Development.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling 2021

Counselling for Depression York St John University 2014 (A NICE recommended treatment for depression)

Diploma in Counselling (Distinction) York St John University 2008

Certificate in Counselling York St John University 2005

As an accredited BACP member I am committed to on-going professional development and have attended numerous workshops and training programmes including:

Counselling On-line, Working at Relational Depth, Existential Counselling, Dealing with distress: working with suicide and self harm, 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, The Compassionate Self, Mental Health and the Body.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

I am qualified in Counselling for Depression - a NICE recommended treatment of depression

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

We can arrange a brief free initial telephone conversation to respond to any concerns and questions and/or arrange an initial appointment where we will have the opportunity to talk about what has brought you to counselling, and what you want to get from it.  I shall also explain what to expect from counselling and I will give you more information about how I work.  This initial session costs £25 - this is a reduced rate to give us the opportunity to meet and explore whether we are a 'good fit' for each other.  There is no obligation to continue working with me.  Subsequent sessions are £50.

Please state whether you are looking for face to face therapy in York or in Sherburn, or online therapy in your initial enquiry so that I can respond appropriately.

I offer some concessional spaces - please enquire.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Face-to-face sessions in York (Blossom St.) on Monday and Thursday, in  Sherburn in Elmet on Tuesday morning; online sessions (Zoom or telephone) are generally Tuesday pm  and Wednesday am.

Further information


My client days are Mondays in York and Tuesdays in Sherburn.

I am currently offering both face-to-face and online sessions (via Zoom).  I have found this to be an effective means of counselling throughout the pandemic and I have undertaken extensive training.

I am not able to offer evening appointments.

The Raylor Centre, James St, York, N Yorkshire, YO10 3DW

Sherburn In Elmet, Yorkshire, LS25

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair access available in Sherburn.

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Louise Ballard
Louise Ballard