Hello. I'm Louise.
Sometimes life can feel really tough! At times things can feel unbearable. Especially in the last year or so.
Perhaps you've struggled with your anxiety, panic attacks or low mood/depression for some time? and now you feel you've had enough and it's time to get help to deal with it?
Or maybe something's happened in your life? and now you feel everything's become too difficult, or even unbearable for you?
Perhaps low self-esteem/low self confidence are holding you back from reaching your full potential?
Whatever your issue, you can see no clear way forward to deal with what is troubling you. Your friends and family might be trying to offer you support, but sometimes this isn't enough, or there are feelings or issues you just can't share with them. Perhaps they are the problem?
The time has come for you to get the support of a caring, experienced professional.
Getting the right support can make all the difference, and choosing the right counsellor, who you feel you can relate to, is very important, as our relationship is central to the work we will do together. Our first, free, 20 minute initial appointment will give you the time and space to decide.
As your counsellor, I'll listen to you, in confidence, without judging in any way. Being understood and accepted in this way develops your trust in our relationship. It then feels safer for you to express your thoughts and feelings, and so to begin to deal with your difficulties and to heal emotionally.
I am an experienced CBT therapist (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and use CBT to help clients with a whole range of issues, everything from anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, low self-esteem, depression, phobias, addictions, stress, OCD, etc.
I am also an experienced person-centred counsellor, which means I'll be offering you my genuine warmth, non-judgemental understanding, empathy and acceptance as we work together to explore whatever is troubling you. Through this process it is likely you will find your own answers.
Having these two approaches (Person-Centred and CBT) enables me to work with you in a flexible way, to best suit you, and the issues you are dealing with.
I have a large dedicated counselling room which provides a welcoming, and confidential space for us to work together (and provides a safe distance for us to work together in light of Covid-19 )
I offer a free 20 minute consultation to discuss ways I am able to help you.
Whatever the difficulty you are experiencing, and however insurmountable it might seem at this moment in time, please don't struggle on alone, do get in touch with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Louise Bol B.A. (Hons), Dip. Therapeutic Counselling, Dip. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills & Theory, Cert. Therapeutic Counselling Supervision. MBACP
I am a fully trained Person-Centred Counsellor.
I am an CBT therapist, holding a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT.
I am a trained Counselling Supervisor.
I am experienced in working with clients using CBT to deal with range of issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), health anxiety, addictions, depression, low mood, OCD, etc.
I have experience in working with clients who are suffering bereavement and loss.
Currently, alongside my private counselling practice;-
- I work one day a week as a Bereavement Counsellor for Liverpool Bereavement Service, where I use my experience in the field of bereavement counselling, and just as importantly, my empathy and compassion, to help clients try to find a way forward after losing someone important in their life.
- Whilst working for the Philippi Trust, Southport, I have offered CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), working alongside clients to help them deal with a range of issues such as anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, low-self esteem, anger management, social anxiety, addiction, Trauma-PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and many other issues.
I came into counselling as someone who has accessed counselling myself and seen the enormous benefits it can bring.
After losing someone very close to me it was the support of my bereavement counsellor which got me through. I could tell my counsellor things that I could not burden friends and family with. Being listened to and supported in this way helped me through some of my darkest days and feelings of devastation, and I now strive to offer the same support to my clients.
I am passionate about the difference counselling can make to peoples lives, and I am committed to working in a flexible way with my clients to help them live better, more accepting, and more fulfilling lives.
Additional Training and CPD
I consider ongoing training and professional development (CPD) as very important, helping me to increase and update my knowledge, therefore improving my understanding of issues my clients may bring.
In the last two years I have undertaken training in;
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Safeguarding Children, Mindfulness
Transactional Analysis (T.A. )
I am a Registered BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) therapist. MBACP Registration No. 369781 and fully abide by their Code of Ethics.
I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Baring Service) Certificate
I am fully conversant with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and comply with this to ensure my clients data is processed in line with this.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
All aspects of Loss -
Loss of identity, loss of role (e.g. carer), loss of job (e.g. redundancy, retirement), loss of status, loss of a relationship (e.g. separation, divorce, etc.), loss of contact with grandchildren, loss of home, loss of country/culture (e.g. people from other countries, asylum seekers, etc.), loss of financial security, loss of fertility, empty nest, loss of health, loss through bereavement, etc.
I know from personal and professional experience that bereavement is often an emotionally complex roller coaster. Alongside the initial devastating loss, there may be a number of other losses to deal with, for example, loss of identity, loss of financial security, etc. I use my skills as a bereavement counsellor to support people to deal with these losses, as well as the loss of their loved one.
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free, initial 20-30 minute consultation available, thereafter;
Individual Counselling/CBT session £40 per session
Couples Counselling - £50 per session
- Appointments available face-to-face, via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, 'phone and 'Walk & Talk'
- Appointments available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.
- Concessionary rates are available for keyworkers/low income & reduced rates for student/trainee counsellors.
- Home visits are available by appointment (Covid19 measures assessed)
- Dedicated, welcoming counselling room.
I offer evening appointments, recognising some people are unable to attend for counselling during working hours. Please contact me to discuss a mutually suitable appointment time.
I understand it can be daunting to think about coming for counselling. You have already taken that first, difficult step by looking on the Counselling Directory. Finding the right counsellor for you, one you feel comfortable with, is essential.
My website, www.solacecounselling-southport.co.uk will give you more information, and if you feel I may be the right counsellor to work with you, contact me for a free, no commitment, 20-30 minute appointment which will let you decide.