Louise Benzimra, BA (Hons), Cert. Psych and Pdip. Psych. BPC reg.
It takes courage to risk speaking about our inner pain and fears to someone. Sometimes taking that first step can feel overwhelming and yet reaching out in our deep need for help and support, may be a life changing decision. It might be hard to believe that anyone could understand what you are going through. But counselling and therapy can and do offer an opportunity to get some help. We don't always need to feel alone in our struggles.
Counselling and therapy also offer a chance to explore the areas in life we find difficult. Deep and long-lasting change is possible, but it takes time and effort to get to the roots of our difficulties. These could be anxiety, fears, depression, sadness, loneliness, stress, relational breakdowns or suicidal feelings. Over time the relationship between you and the counsellor/therapist can create a safe space where the origins of some fears, anxieties, doubts and negative patterns may come to light. These can then be thought about, together, and worked through. It may be challenging at times but it can get to a point where staying stuck hurts more than risking growth.
Sometimes we just need a safe space to share and discuss our difficulties. Sometimes we need someone who will listen, with care and empathy. I offer an opportunity to reflect together on whatever you need to bring, without judgement and in a confidential setting.
When you contact me, I will call you back so we can arrange to meet at a time that works for you. In the first instance this can be for up to one and a half hours. This will give us a chance to explore if we might be able to work together.
After this we would meet weekly at the same time for 50 minutes. This would be your session time to share whatever is troubling you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for over five years and have had many years experience working on a one-to-one basis offering emotional, pastoral and psychological support. I have worked as a bereavement counsellor with CRUSE Bereavement Services and in hospital chaplaincy. I have also worked as a Support Worker in the charity sector, as well as providing training for Learning and Development in the voluntary sector. Continuing professional development is a requirement of my member organisation and I attend regular workshops, conferences and events to keep my practice up-to-date.
BA (hons) - (King's College, London)
Cert Counselling Skills - (WPF, London)
PDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - (WPF and Roehampton)
MPhil - (Cantab)
I am a registered member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytical Council) and the FPC (Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling) and I adhere to their ethical and professional standards. The BPC is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I am also a member of The Guild of Pastoral Psychology.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Fees are between £35 - £50 per session, depending on your circumstances. I also have a limited number of spaces available at low cost for anyone on income support or without family income.
The fee for our initial consultation would only be charged if we decided to work together. It will be the same cost as the fee we agree for counselling/therapy.
Skype sessions can be arranged for those who need to travel for work etc. and would like to continue with their weekly therapy while away.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings.