Louise Benzimra, BA (Hons), Cert. Psych and Pdip. Psych. BPC reg.
Psychotherapy and counselling can provide a safe space to explore - with another person - what is happening in our lives. This relationship can be particularly useful when we are struggling to make sense of repeated patterns of self-defeating behaviour or 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 difficulties 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 difficulties lie buried in the past then part of our work together might be trying to deepen your understanding of these early influences. Sometimes we just need someone listening to us to make sense of what is going on. 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 previously worked in the voluntary sector, most recently as a Support Worker. I have 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 and Life Coaching.
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. I am also a member of The Guild of Pastoral Psychology.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Fees are £50 per session.
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 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.
Skype or telephone 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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Current availability Tuesday and Thursday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|