Louise Barrington Counsellor, and EMDR Trauma Therapist, MBACP(Accred)
Hello and welcome.
If you need support during the current Coronavirus pandemic I am available and have spaces to see new clients. In line with government and BACP advice all of my work is currently taking place online/telephone to ensure client safety. Once the current restrictions change this will be reviewed and we can agree how you wish your sessions to continue.
I am a Registered, Accredited Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and my training has incorporated a range of different counselling models so that I'm able to draw from a number of approaches in our work together. I believe that, as we are all unique individuals, we need therapy which is able to embrace our uniqueness rather than expecting us to fit in with one particular way of working.
I believe we get the most benefit from counselling and psychotherapy when we are able to work together in a way which lets us feel safe and accepted; for our weaknesses as well as our strengths. When we can enter into a trusting therapeutic relationship, we are able to heal, grow and move our lives forward. I offer a safe and welcoming counselling space where we can explore whatever has brought you to counselling.
My experience includes working with adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and trauma; both drug, alcohol and other addictions; relationship difficulties and relationship breakdown, mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and Bipolar; bereavement and loss; feeling 'stuck' in life, feeling "is this it", as well as work with children and young people. I offer both short-term and long-term therapy.
I decided to train as a therapist because I believe that sometimes in life, we can feel isolated, alone and unable to cope. It may be that we are surounded by friends and family but may not feel we can share our problems, anxieties or fears with them, because we feel they won't understand, we don't want to burden them with our problems, we fear rejection, feel shame, or because we at times may just not have anyone we can turn to.
Counselling is a unique relationship where you can explore your worries and difficulties without fear of judgement, shame or rejection. Together through counselling, we can work through whatever may be causing you pain and distress so that you can make sense of, and process, your experiences from the present and the past so that you can make different choices about your future.
In addition to my accredited Counselling training I have also undertaken a range of additional qualifications and trainings to further enhance my practice. I am a qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Practitioner. EMDR is a specialist trauma psychotherapy created to help people process blocked and stuck memories which may be interfering with the here and now, for example by causing flashbacks and panic attacks. In addition to trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) EMDR is also used for anxiety, urge reduction and a range of other difficulties. In fact EMDR is useful whatever your difficulties are and can be used as a stand alone therapy or integrated with other models I am trained in.
I am also a qualified Therapeutic Coach and also integrate some aspects of this into my therapy where appropriate.
I work in South East London, with easy access to a range of means of public transport, and with free on- street parking locally. My practice is convenient for Croydon, Beckenham, Crystal Palace, Penge, Wimbledon and other areas of South East London and I am close to mainline rail stations with direct lines from London Bridge and Victoria, tram links and bus routes.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)
Fusion Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching (BACP Accredited)
Levels 1,2,3 EMDR Practitioner training accredited by EMDR Europe Association
Diploma in Systemic Supervision - Institute of Family Therapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice – Year 2 Intermediate (Families and Couples) - Institute of Family Therapy
Additional Training across a range of specialist areas such as:
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Counselling Young People
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Attachment, Child Development and Loss
Coaching and Mentoring
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
My fees start at £45.00 per counselling hour, dependant upon income. The counselling hour lasts 50 minutes.
Initial consultations are for 50 minutes and are charged at the same rates.
EMDR sessions are ideally 90 minutes long and are therefore priced accordingly
Some concessions may at times be available for counselling students, subject to space availability
If you have any questions, or would like to arrange an initial assessment to explore your needs and to see if we can work together, please feel free to contact me by telephone or email and I will respond as soon as I am able to.