Louise Gomes da Silva- BA hons (Reg. BACP) Dip in Counselling & Psychotherapy
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, until very recently also working for the NHS as a psychodynamic counsellor- a talking therapy. I always keep in mind how difficult it can feel to seek help, and offer a supportive environment with this in mind. I have experience of working with a variety of issues, especially anxiety and depression, and offer a way of working that is specific to each individual. I use some CBT techniques, where appropriate.
I am working during the Covid-19 lockdown, speaking to clients on the telephone or videocall; this includes existing clients & new clients. These sessions are less in terms of cost (£40). I offer an initial phone call as the first point of contact (no fee), so that clients are able to assess if I might be able to help.
I work with clients both short term and long term, I have experience of working over the telephone.
I work confidentially and in accordance with the BACP code of ethics. I am a registered member of the BACP and completed a course accredited by the BACP (MHCPC). I have full insurance.
My background is in the Arts and I have also worked in a corporate environment. I have a degree in English Literature (BA Hons).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for the NHS as a therapist for over three years and still combine this work with my private work. I have also worked for MIND. The work I do for the NHS enables me to work with a huge variety of different people and feel confident diagnosing issues quickly.
I qualified as a psychotherapist from Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, I passed my diploma in full, after a rigorous three year course. I also have completed my 450 hours; required to apply for accreditation with the BACP, of which I am a registered member. My course was also fully accredited by the BACP.
I have a BA hons degree in English Literature.
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
Free initial telephone session
My fee is £60 (this applies also to the link with Forest Therapy Centre)
Videocall/Telephone counselling is £40.
I work daytimes, evenings and Saturdays. I can work flexibly & make sure clients can speak on the phone first to discuss their needs. (no charge).