Louise Bowen MBACP Snr. Accred.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor trained in Humanistic Counselling and have worked therapeutically for over 20 years mainly in the NHS. I now offer private sessions in Newcastle. The clinic is centrally located, close to car parking, bus and metro stations and has a stair lift.
How you feel about your counsellor is very important. There are many practitioners to choose from and getting in touch can feel like a big step. If you decide to contact me I am happy to have an initial informal chat by phone or you are welcome to send me an e-mail. We can then go on to arrange to meet if you would like this. In our first meeting lasting 50 minutes, I will listen to you carefully. With your permission I may ask you for some further details to get the best idea of what you will find helpful from your counselling. The most important thing is that you begin to sense that you have options and that you can then start to feel better. If you decide you would like further sessions we can start to draw up an initial plan together of how you would like your sessions to go which we can later review.
I offer both short term work (usually 6 to 12 sessions) and longer term engagement depending on your needs and preference. The focus in shorter term work tends to be mainly how you are in the here and now, whereas when working for longer we may continue to look in more depth at how past events have shaped your current experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
My main training was in the Person Centred and Gestalt traditions. I now practise integratively depending on your individual needs. I draw upon Gestalt, Existential, TA, creative and other approaches and have completed an extensive range of post qualification short training programmes and workshops to ensure how I work is soundly based. Underpinning everything I do is respect for you, your experience and positive potential.
I have a background in teaching and mental health and after qualifying as a counsellor in 1996, my work has been mainly in Primary Care. I have also worked for a major charity (RNIB) as a research counsellor, setting up and coordinating a regional emotional support resource for people with Visual Impairment. This research in collaboration with the University of Liverpool is available on www.rnib.org.uk/esac
- BA Hons 2:1 English Language and Literature 1984
- PGCE English and Drama 1985
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 1998
- MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor 2007
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Visual Impairment issues, Education and learning issues.
My fee for client work is £50 per 50 minute session.
I also offer supervision at a reduced rate, available on enquiry, while I am working towards a formal supervision qualification. I have supervised practitioners in Primary Care and also mentored counsellors working towards accreditation.
I work with a wide range of issues and my practice is inclusive of LGBT and BME clients.
As a practitioner I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (a Professional Standards Authority accredited register).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday by arrangement.