Hello, I’m Louise, a warm and welcoming counsellor. I am now able to offer Face-to-Face counselling, as well as continuing with counselling online, phone, email and counselling outdoors around the Worthing area.
I am pleased to be offering counselling in a large airy room at Worthing Natural Balance & Wellbeing - a lovely space that has fully opening patio doors to a covered terrace and large private garden, all of which can be used in the session.
The centre is fully Covid-19 compliant. Contact me for availability.
Walk and Talk Counselling
Walk and Talk therapy is different than the traditional method of being in a room with your counsellor sitting opposite looking at you. Less eye contact, being outside and being able to move can mean it releases inhibitions and makes it easier to talk. It also makes phrases like 'being with you on your journey' and 'take the first step' quite literal - I really am by your side and your equal; we're in it together. In these strange times it’s also a great change from our increasingly online lives. We can discuss routes suitable for you. Contact me if you think this would be something you would like to do.
Online, Phone and Email Counselling
What the last year has proved to me is that counselling from the comfort of your own home is just as effective and a really positive choice for some people. It allows access to counselling wherever you are and is really flexible to fit around your life.
It is also a great option if you find you have difficulty leaving the house for any reason (mobility, childcare, fears) it is a really good way of getting help. Also great to fit into a busy day, no need to spend time travelling.
Email counselling can be a great option if it's difficult to find the time to be alone for an hour - email might be the answer. It means you can fit it in between home schooling, work and all the other pressures we live with. Contact me to find out more.
For more information visit my website: www.louisebcounselling.com
Would you like to feel better about yourself and your life?
Counselling can help in all areas of life as I have experienced myself. It is a positive decision and the ultimate in self-care. You are absolutely worth it!
I realise you can feel nervous about talking to a stranger but I offer a free first 20 minute session so we can have a chat to see if we can work together.
There are so many benefits to counselling. When you have made peace with things that have happened in your past it gives room for you to think about your present and your future. Learning to love yourself is a wonderful thing and it means others are more likely to respond to you more positively. Your communication and socialising skills will very likely improve and you will learn to change that voice in your head to a positive one.
I have experience working with people with many issues including depression, anxiety, feelings of guilt and failure, low self-esteem, caring responsibilities for children, spouses and parents, family disputes, feeling overwhelmed, historic sexual abuse, money problems, career decisions, redundancy, fear of getting old, repeating relationship patterns, isolation and loss.
I have recently completed training on working with clients on psychiatric drugs and helping with withdrawing from them.
For info see: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/treatments-and-wellbeing/stopping-antidepressants
Give me a call, send an email or a text and we can chat about how I could help you.
What you can expect from me
My main training is Person-centred counselling which very much describes how I work. You are at the centre of our time together. You can talk and be heard in confidence with no judgement. I am outside your personal life and abide by a code of ethics which means you can share with me what you might not feel you can share with those close to you. I also bring methods and influences from other types of counselling I have had training and experience with, which can help with some issues.
If counselling online or on the phone seems daunting, I can help. I have the options of Zoom and Wellola Talk for online sessions; both have good confidentiality measures. I can help you with this if needed.
What will your first session be like?
At the moment the first free 20-minute session will be on the phone or video (Zoom or Wellola Talk).
I understand, and remember, that going to see a counsellor for the first time can be a bit scary so please don’t worry. I will be warm and welcoming and our first session will be an opportunity for you to tell me a bit about you and what you want from counselling. You will also be able to ask me any questions you may have about how we will work together.
We are all different and we all come to counselling for different reasons. All counsellors are different too and it is important to choose the right one for you. For this reason I offer a free first 20 minute session so that we can both decide if we can work together. Counselling is fundamentally about the therapeutic relationship built on trust and empathy without judgement. Whatever the reason you are looking for support through counselling I will accept you and give you a safe space for us to work towards a better you.
I offer counselling outdoors, face-to-face, on the phone, by email or by video (Zoom and Wellola Talk). For counselling outdoors I can travel and meet you from Shoreham to Littlehampton and the surrounding areas. We will decide together a meeting point which could be near where you live, on the seafront or on the Downs.
I can offer short-term or open-ended counselling depending on your needs. Either way, we will regularly review our work together so that you get the best from your sessions to understand yourself better, explore feelings or make changes in your life. It will be at your pace.
Please phone, email or text me with no obligation. I look forward to meeting you when you feel ready to take the next steps in your journey to a better, happier, more fulfilled self.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Walk & Talk Therapy
Professional Development Training in:
- Re-wilding and Eco-therapy
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- CAMS - Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide
- Using Creative Techniques in a Therapeutic setting
- Intuition in Counselling
- Therapeutic Parenting
- A Pluralistic Approach to Therapy - Mick Cooper
- Safeguarding and managing risk through digital media – Practitioners - BACP
- How to Stop Nightmares
I am a Registered Member, and abide by the ethics of, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I am a member of the Creative Counsellors Club and regularly get ideas and training.
I have come to be a counsellor later in life after a career in engineering design which led to mentoring apprentices at work. I then worked in a college as an NVQ Assessor and visited apprentices in the workplace which incorporated well-being checks as well as academic. During this time I took evening classes and started on my counselling journey as I felt I needed more skills to be helpful. I moved into Pastoral Support, helping with a wide range of issues, and completed my Level 3 before deciding to make Counselling a career choice, and embarked on my Diploma. It was a great decision for me as I find it very rewarding.
I have a wealth of life experience to bring to my work and look forward to being on your personal journey with you.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Our first session together is free so that we can make sure we can work together and discuss how we will do this.
When we chat for the first time we will have a 20 minute session which will be an opportunity for you to tell me a bit about you and what you want from counselling. You will also be able to ask me any questions you may have on how we will work together. If we are both happy to continue, we can then agree a suitable day and time.
Sessions Fee: £45 for 50 minutes
Concessionary Fees: Keyworkers, Low income, Unemployed, Students over 18 and Foster Carers (limited number, please ask).
Flexible weekday daytime and evenings. Irregular shift work accommodated.
Payment through cash or bank transfer.