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MBACP MNCS Counsellor and Coach (Galena Wellbeing)

About me

Considerate counselling and coaching.

I provide face-to-face therapeutic counselling and coaching services in Corsham, I also offer online video sessions and some home visits.  

I know from personal experience of loss that sincere, empathetic support is key and welcome the opportunity to help clients work through problems, using professional person-centred counselling and motivational coaching techniques.

A few key points about me:

  • I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and life coach.
  • Have assisted clients with a diverse range of life events and issues.
  • I offer day and evening appointments, Monday to Friday.
  • I take clients from 18 years plus and enjoy working with all age groups.

Why not connect, reflect, energise and get your wellbeing back on track by booking a free initial consultation today? www.galenawellbeing.co.uk

Each client is unique. I offer a trusting and non-judgemental space, allowing people room to connect with their feelings and identify issues.

I work alongside clients, they are in control of what they wish to share and leading the pace of the sessions, to explore ways of managing pressure and releasing emotional blocks, caused by trauma and life experiences.

We gradually dig deeper and break down patterns of behaviour which are inhibiting progress, to bring about healing, resulting in emotional, physical wellbeing and transformation.

I discuss what has brought a client to counselling, how many sessions they would like to start with and how often they wish to meet (weekly or fortnightly). I then go through the therapeutic and counselling contract, so we are both committed to the changes they want to make.

I work in a creative way, by helping clients connect with different parts of self. The aim is to get to a better understanding of identity and re-connect with positive areas which have become hidden or lost, as well as giving the opportunity to find new strengths which further contribute to the feeling of the true self.

Areas I have supported counselling clients include

Generalised anxiety, depression, self-harm, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, family dynamics, imposter syndrome, grief and loss, social anxiety, trauma, terminal illness, palliative care, loss of identity, burn out, confidence issues, work related anxiety, panic attacks, anger issues, health issues, feeling sad, loneliness and isolation, disability, mobility, low self-esteem, relationships, stress, emotional attachment to self and others.

Life Coaching

I offer motivational wellbeing coaching, to empower clients and support them to work through obstacles in their life and find ways to move forward through exploration in the sessions, with activities, goal setting and action planning all contributing to achieving desired outcomes.

Areas I have supported coaching clients include

Anxiety, stress, confidence, low self-esteem, career progression, giving up smoking, motivation support, self-belief, time management, work/life imbalance, re-training, healthier living, and exercise.

If you have any questions, please get in touch today.

I would love to hear from you.

I attend regular supervision to ensure my work is safe, ethical and I am offering the best possible service to my clients, this is factored into the hourly rate which I charge for my services. If a client and I identify that they may require specialist support which is out of my remit, we will work together through the referral and signposting process.

I would love to hear from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold diplomas in therapeutic counselling, life coaching, grief and loss, bereavement care and online counselling. I take part in regular personal development. I have previously worked for a mental health charity and have supported clients from all walks of life and with a variety of different life events and issues. Other work has included a Public Health role, as a Specialist Health Improvement Practitioner with a focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing, which I am passionate about.

I also have lived experience supporting a family member through terminal illness, palliative care, and bereavement.

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – CPCAB
  • Cruse ABC foundation training in bereavement
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
  • EDEXCEL Level 3 BTEC - Life Coaching Skills and Practice
  • EDEXCEL Level 2 BTEC - Introduction to Life Coaching Skills
  • I.I.H.H.T Certificate in Holistic Therapies, including introduction to counselling
  • Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults
  • Suicide prevention awareness
  • Trauma, PTSD

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS) and follow their ethical frameworks.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Mental health support and emotional wellbeing.
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Palliative care, terminal illness and end of life.

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Fees

From £32.40 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My current fees are £40.00 per fifty-minute session for both services.

10% Discount is available for a block booking of six sessions, paid in advance, via the website.

A further 10% New Customer Discount is available for your first block booking, paid via the website.

All discounted packages are non-refundable.

Example: Standard 6 session booking £240 - block booking discount 10% = £216 (£36 per session) -  new customer block booking discount 10% = £194.40 (£32.40 per session)

48 hours’ notice is required for cancellations.

A free initial conversation will need to take place prior to counselling or life coaching commencing. This is a great opportunity to discuss any questions you may have before we start working together.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please get in touch to discuss available slots.

Further information

Feedback received from clients: -

I went to see Louise for 6 sessions to address some deep rooted issues I was struggling to work through on my own. I immediately felt at ease and after a couple of sessions really felt I could trust her and say whatever I needed to without any judgement.

My sessions were different each week depending on how I felt or what I wanted to discuss. Quite often I went in not knowing where to start as my brain was a jumble of different thoughts but Louise had different activities and approaches to allow me to work through them in a logical way which over time genuinely felt like a weight was being lifted.

To anyone who is even considering therapy/counselling I would 100% recommended it, for me the hardest step was admitting I needing help and making the first call. Once this was done I felt proud of myself that I’d put myself first and was looking forward to getting started.

I now feel a much happier person with much less baggage holding me back as I am equipped with the tools I need to move forward and enjoy my life.

Client testimonial

Going to see Louise helped me tremendously. She was very welcoming and helpful. She provided such a friendly, safe environment that really allowed me to open up and discuss my problems. Louise helped me combat so many underlying issues and conflicts in myself that I didn't even know I had. She helped to challenge me and get me to hear myself and realise what I needed to do to change and get back to being who I want to be.

Client testimonial

It was really important to me to find a counsellor I connected with and felt at ease straight away to be able to talk about all subjects! I really liked your visualisations and found that I could apply those straight away to my day to day. I think the biggest positive to come out of the sessions is it made me feel 'ok' to be unique and accept that I can live my life on my own terms and not expect so much! Already with just a few sessions I feel much more positive in my outlook.

Thank you so much!

Client testimonial

I think of Louise like Mastercard 'priceless' the benefit you get from working with this amazing lady just can't have a price tag.  I have been seeing Louise after a lengthy time of work with depression, anxiety and stress.  I am coming out the other end now and it's all thanks to the wonderful support I felt from the first session we had.

Louise has a variety of professional skills in her toolbox and draws on whatever is appropriate for the session and I always walk away feeling better and ready to cope with the week ahead.  She is a great listener and I'm amazed at how she remembers the rubbish that I've said over the weeks.  You would be hard pushed to find someone as kind, considerate, thoughtful and who genuinely cares about your wellbeing.  I am now back at work and look forward to life, I plan days out, holidays and feel happy.  I could not recommend Louise enough.  

Thank you for everything. 

Client testimonial
 
Working with Louise was very inspirational.  She instilled me with a sense of well- being during our meetings, working positively with me to resolve my issues with anxiety.  Louise is very professional in her approach, offering a safe, warm and comfortable environment which allowed me to relax and feel confident to talk about any worries or issues I was experiencing.

As well as listening, Louise offered me support which enabled me to put in place a coping mechanism which I now use effectively.

Louise is compassionate and caring, and very clearly passionate about helping people with their well-being, and from personal experience I would highly recommend her.

Thank you, Louise, you are a lovely lady.

Client testimonial

I contacted Louise at Galena Wellbeing in August 2021.

I spent a number of sessions with Louise and can honestly say that she helped me to make changes that have enabled me to totally change my quality of life for the better. These changes have enabled me to finally give myself “a break” and the freedom to let go of the concerns / restrictions that I had imposed on myself over the years. 

Louise worked WITH me to help understand that I could safely make changes that would result in great improvements to my wellbeing, happiness and general effectiveness as a person. 

It was not only myself who benefited. Because I quickly found myself in a “better place”,  my home life improved, my partner immediately commented that I was much more positive, my relationship with my children (although always strong and loving ) improved greatly and we found the whole house was a happier place and tensions fell away. My children found their dad was a better person to chat to for positive advice and support. My girlfriend found she had a happier partner who was now free from the self imposed pressures of life.

Louise pulls on a rich experience of life. This enables her to understand, empathise and work with you (in partnership) to identify problems and find solutions. In my case she helped me to give myself permission to make the changes I needed to enrich my life.

Thank you Louise for your great help, support and providing the safe place I needed to change my life for the better.

Client testimonial

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS).

Registered with ICO.

Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Ground floor spacious therapy room, fully assessible for wheelchair user, parking space outside.

Additional languages

English

Online platforms

Skype
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