Louise Dawson MBACP Accredited Integrative Counsellor
Hello, I'm Louise
As a counsellor I am able to offer you the space to talk through whatever may be troubling you at the moment in a confidential environment. I will listen to you and offer my full support as you explore your issues, with my aim being to help you gain a clearer perspective on these. Some clients come looking for different ways to manage their issues, and this can be part of our work together if you feel this could be beneficial to you. There may be things in your life you would like to change or work on accepting, and I understand this can be difficult and sometimes challenging to do. Through counselling you can explore your issues at your own pace, whilst being supported by myself.
As we work together, you can begin to understand yourself and your situation better, and have the opportunity to find a way forward that is right for you. My training as an integrative counsellor means I am able to draw on more than one therapeutic approach depending on your needs. These include the Person Centred approach, Attachment based therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I offer short and long term work.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Foundation Degree in Counselling, consisting of;
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Open University modules - Counselling: Exploring fear and sadness, Exploring psychology, Understanding social change
* Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Couples work
* Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy
I am an Accredited Counsellor and a member of the BACP, and also hold the Certificate of Proficiency for the BACP Register.
I have also completed training in Asperger's Awareness and Dissociation in Adolescents and Adults.
I have my own private practice where I work with clients presenting with a wide variety of issues. In addition to this, I work as an Associate Counsellor for The Old Surgery in Leighton Buzzard. Previously I worked with clients who had accessed counselling through a busy drop in service, and was part of an agency that worked with gambling addicts.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
I also offer Couples Counselling, and in such sessions provide you both with the opportunity and space to work on understanding each other better, and the issues you are experiencing within your relationship. This encouraging environment to you both to gain a greater understanding of how the problems in your relationship may have developed, will then lead on to us finding some different, and more helpful ways of communicating and working through problems in the future.
It is important that you feel we are suited to working together, so I offer an initial free no obligation session which will last for 30 minutes. If after this you decide you would like to have counselling with me, I charge £45.00 per session for individuals and £55.00 per session for couples.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical framework and guidelines. This means I will be working in the best interests of my clients, and as part of this, I also have monthly supervision for all my work.