Louise Bol - B.A.(Hons) Qualified Counsellor & Qualified CBT Therapist, MBACP.
Hello. I'm Louise.
Sometimes life can be really tough!
Perhaps something's happened in your life? and now you feel everything's become difficult, or even unbearable for you?
Or maybe you've struggled with anxiety or depression for a long time? and now you feel you've had enough of it.
Perhaps you and your partner argue constantly, or have drifted apart?
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, 30 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 person-centred counsellor, which means offering you my genuine warmth, empathy and acceptance as we work together.
I am also experienced in using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to help clients with everything from phobias and addictions, to anxiety and stress.
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 dedicated counselling room which provides a welcoming, and confidential space for us to work together, and I offer a free 30 minute consultation to discuss how I might be 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, MBACP
I am a fully trained, experienced, Person-Centred Counsellor.
I have a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT.
I have considerable experience in working with clients who are suffering bereavement and loss.
I am experienced in working with clients using CBT to deal with range of issues such as anxiety, depression, etc.
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 their loved one.
- I also offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for clients attending the Philippi Trust, Southport, where I work alongside clients to help them deal with a range of issues such as anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, relationship difficulties, low-self esteem, anger management, social anxiety, addiction, Trauma-PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and many other issues.
I became a counsellor because I wanted to help others who were experiencing difficulties in their lives, as I myself have experienced.
I have lost a number of members of my immediate family. At these times the support of a bereavement counsellor was essential. 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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
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Free, initial 30 minute consultation available, thereafter;
Individual Counselling/CBT session £35 per hour. (£45 per hour on Saturdays)
Couples Counselling - £50 per couple, per hour.
- Appointments available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.
- Concessionary rates are available & reduced rates for student/trainee counsellors.
- Home visits are available by appointment.
- Dedicated, welcoming counselling room.
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, 30 minute appointment which will let you decide.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Telephone/online counselling can be arranged for those unable to access my premises.
I offer some evening and weekend appointments, recognising some are unable to attend for counselling during working hours. Please contact me to discuss a mutually suitable appointment time.
Types of client
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