Louise Davis

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MBACP(Reg) Counselling and Play Therapy
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Reading, Berkshire, RG4
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

How can I help?

Does your child struggle with anxiety, angry outbursts or seem very stressed?

Are you worried about work issues or your health – or maybe you often feel misunderstood and confused, wary, wounded or stuck?

Perhaps you are wondering if your grief and pain will ever end?

Who am I?

I am an experienced counsellor working with children, young people and adults in Caversham and the Reading, Berkshire area.

I love the work that I do and strongly believe in the therapeutic process and what it can offer. Existing in this world is not always easy and counselling provides a safe place where you are the focus and can explore whatever is troubling or concerning you. I will listen deeply to you without judgement and support you in finding out what is really important to you, and your way forward. In my experience it is when you begin to know and accept yourself more fully that you can trust yourself and start to realise the choices that are available to you.

Initially trained in person-centred and existential counselling, I have since had significant specialist training in play therapy and counselling children and young people, attachment and trauma. I use many different creative and expressive resources geared to your child’s interest and developmental stage, and work collaboratively with my clients to help make sense of what is going on in their lives. I can deliver short, medium and open-ended therapy according to your requirements and budget.

Sandplay therapy

I also offer sandplay therapy, a creative and effective way of working with children, young people and adults, whereby a client has access to miniature figures, water and a box of sand in order to tell their story and process feelings. Dora Kalff initially developed Jungian sandplay therapy and I integrate skills from gestalt sandtray, object relations theory, transpersonal and person-centred sandtray work. This creates a flexible and adaptable non-verbal therapy ideal for children – as well as clients who struggle with words, accessing feelings or want to go beyond talking therapy. The results are that children in particular will be able to express feelings, traumatic memories and improve their behaviour, sometimes in a relatively short space of time.

My experience

I qualified in 2010, having previously been a primary school teacher. My experience includes counselling in a low-cost not-for-profit agency with a wide range of clients of all ages, extensive work within primary and secondary schools and more recently in private practice. I am an adoptive parent to two awesome adult children and have many years’ involvement in supporting parents and school staff.

As an BACP Registered member I abide by their ethical code so you can be assured of my professionalism and training. I have regular consultative supervision and engage in on-going CPD which ensures that I provide my clients with the best service that I can. I hold full public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS.

Talking moments with children                                                                                     are forms of singing, dancing,                                                                                       exploring, giggling, attaining,                                                                                       weeping, wondering, wandering,                                                                                  within quiet, banging, resting,                                                                                      bouncing                                                                                                                     waving oceans and                                                                                                       clouding brilliantly skies.  Dan Hughes

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.  Oscar Wilde

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Level 7 (Distinction), Thames Valley University

Diploma Trauma-Focused Play Therapy & Counselling with Children & Young People, Flourishing Minds

Certificate Integrative Sandplay, Jill Carter Training

I am currently working towards a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, have a BA (Hons) in English Literature & Biblical Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

My recent continuing professional development includes training in clay therapy (Lynne Souter-Anderson), autism (Tony Attwood), Internal Family Systems Therapy (Frank Anderson), suicidality (2020 Sucide Prevention Summit, Mental Health Academy), creative approaches for working online with children and creating virtual therapy rooms (3P Psychologies for Life Adventures).

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 - £60.00

Additional information

Children:  £50 per 45 minute session 

Parent(s) or Parent/Child:  £60 per 60 minute session

Adults:  £55 per 50 minute session

Therapy is an ongoing relationship and sessions are usually weekly.

Please ask about fees for requesting sessions in school.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday and Friday: daytime and evening appointments

I try to be flexible so please do ask if another time is easier for you, as I may be able to accommodate this.

Further information

My therapy room is a quiet and comfortable garden studio, reached by a slightly uneven path and one step. Unfortunately, therefore, it is not easily wheelchair accessible.

A good place to start is by having a no obligation chat on the phone to see if I can help. Please do leave me a message if I am unable to answer the call and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I endeavour to offer you an initial appointment within a few days.

Reading, Berkshire, RG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Louise Davis
Louise Davis