Louise Benzimra, BA (Hons), Cert. Couns. and Pdip. Psych. BPC reg.
During this period of social distancing, I am offering Zoom (or Skype) sessions in place of face-to-face counselling. I am also available for telephone counselling.
Psychotherapy and counselling can provide a safe space to explore - with another person - what is happening in our lives. This relationship can be particularly helpful when we are struggling to make sense of repeated patterns of self-defeating behaviour. As well as when we are experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety or suicidal feelings. Often our feelings and experiences can seem overwhelming or debilitating.
Sometimes we just need a safe space to share and discuss our problems and we need someone who will listen with care and empathy.
I focus on listening to you and gently working to explore whatever you choose to speak about. We work together to help contain and understand difficult feelings. Sometimes this will include thinking about your past and how past experiences might be influencing your present situation. If the origins of your current issues do lie buried in the past - then part of our work might be trying to explore your experience of these early influences. Sometimes to make sense of what is going on we just need someone who will listen to us. I offer an opportunity to reflect together on whatever you need to bring, without judgement and in a confidential setting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been seeing clients for seven years and have worked in education and the voluntary sector, most recently as a Support Worker. I volunteered as a bereavement counsellor with CRUSE Bereavement Services and have experience in hospital chaplaincy. I have attended training on Attachment Trauma and PTSD, Intergenerational Trauma, Life Coaching and Critical Incident Debriefing.
BA (hons) - (King's College, London)
Cert Counselling Skills - (WPF, London)
Cert Theo - (Cantab)
PDip Theo - (Cantab)
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. Continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement of my member organisation.
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 Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £50 per session.
The fee for our initial consultation would only be charged if we decide to work together. It will be the same cost as the fee for counselling/therapy. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
I occasionally have a few low cost sessions available for those who are unemployed or without family income.
Concessions offered for
I offer online sessions during the coronavirus crisis via Zoom (or Skype) as well as some telephone work.