I provide a secure and confidential counselling service for people from all backgrounds and cultures. My aim is to work non-judgmentally and empathically with clients, in the belief of an individuals capacity for growth and development. If you're struggling with life's events, feeling low or anxious, I can provide a safe environment to explore your problems, thoughts and feelings, with a view to finding a better way of coping. I work on both a short or long term basis, depending on individual needs.
After an accumulation of life events, I felt a need to increase my knowledge of psychology and decided to train as a counsellor. I could see how counselling and psychotherapy can help in many different ways with self-development, interpersonally, emotionally and spiritually.
Research has shown that when people are feeling troubled, anxious, depressed or confused, it can help significantly to talk about and explore such difficulties with a professional. I am trained and qualified to provide impartial support, with the knowledge and expertise, to help you find a better way of coping.
My background is in humanistic therapy, but I integrate other models such as cognitive behavioural therapy and various trauma related therapies, which can be extremely beneficial when working with issues of anxiety, depression and many other issues as stated below. I adapt my knowledge and skills according to each individuals needs. For more information about my work, please view my website www.louiseedwardscounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP Accred - I'm an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which means I have been assessed as a "competent, ethical and independent practitioner".
FdA - Foundation Degree in Counselling 2008
BA (Hons) - Combined Degree in Psychology and Sociology
NCFED - (National Centre for Eating Disorders). I have an Advanced Diploma in Master Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders and Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders (NCFED)
CIPCA - I'm a member of CIPCA (Counsellors in Primary Care Association) and have ongoing training with them.
CBT - Certificate Training
NCFE - Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Levels 1,2 &3,
- I provide an in-house counselling service to students at a local academy
- I worked for several years as a counsellor for a local NHS GP surgery.
- I have extensive knowledge (and qualifications) of issues relating to eating disorders
- I worked in a corporate setting providing therapy for employees.
- I worked for four years counselling young people (age of 14 onwards), for the YMCA, and counselling students at the Royal Holloway University.
- I have experience of issues related to disabilities such as Autism, Alzheimers, Aspergers, Downs Syndrome, MS, Speech and Language difficulties and some knowledge of sign language.
- I have knowledge of the care environment, and considerable comprehension of the difficulties and issues faced by both carers and the cared for.
- Issues related to infertility (and treatment) and it's effects on individuals and relationships.
- I'm a qualified foster carer and have an in depth knowledge of issues relating to attachment and developmental trauma.
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
Concessions offered for
I charge £50 per session, after an initial free 30 minute telephone/video consultation.
I also offer a reduced rate for people on benefits and for young people under the age of 25.
Weekdays and some evenings available.