Louise Guy MBACP (Sen Accred)
I see individual adults for both short and long term counselling or psychotherapy. The type and length of therapy will depend on what you are seeking. My background is in education, social services and the NHS. It is quite common for clients to start by seeing me once a week but I am quite flexible and some long term clients decide they wish to come only once a month or so. Many clients have issues that can be helped in 6 to 10 sessions - we will discuss this at the first, assessment session. Other clients have more complex issues and want to leave the number of sessions open. My website has some more information about the way I work.
Deciding to approach a therapist is not easy. I can be contacted by email which I check several times a day usually. When you phone my mobile, you are most likely to reach my voicemail which is checked at least once a day usually.
Actually coming to the first session can be quite daunting. My therapy room is in a business unit where different types of practitioners work. This gives a measure of anonymity to the purpose of your visit. There is an entry system. Please press for Room 4.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accreditated senior therapist registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and hold graduate membership of the British Psychological Society. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - which means I can use different ways of working with you depending on what you need. I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in West Lothian since 1993. Part of my work is with companies who want to offer their employees time limited counselling and I have seen clients from government agencies, local authorities, the third sector and private companies. The other part of my work is with clients who have self-referred - when you phone me, we can discuss whether I would be someone that could help. My clients have come from a variety of backgrounds - shop assistant, nurse, driver, prison officer, accountant, social worker, lecturer, people working in call centres and on assembly lines are some examples.
MA in Music
MSc Medicinal Chemistry
BSc (Hons) Science
BA (Hons) Psychology
PG Certificate in Education
PG Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
Certificate in Faith Accompaniment (Ignatian Spirituality)
- and a passion for meerkats.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life coaching and mentoring. Retirement and aging issues.
Monday to Friday. My first session is 10.00 a.m. My last session starts at 5.00 p.m.
The room I use has full disabled access and the building has disabled facilities. There is free parking immediately outside the building and overflow car parking to the rear of the building.
The Well Being Centre is easily accessible from the M8 - follow the signs for Deans and then for Carmondean Centre. The Well Being Centre is opposite Carmondean Health Centre and on the same side of the road as St Peters Church. Take the road down the side of the church signposted St Peter's Church and the Ability Centre. Drive past the nursery and turn right in front of the brick units. The Well Being Centre is in the middle.
There is a variety of buses that pass through Carmondean. Alight for Morrison's Supermarket and Livingston North railway station. Walk towards the supermarket. Turn left at the roundabout. Take the second left signposted St Peter's Church and the Ability Centre. Walk past the church and nursery. At the bottom of the road is a brick building - the Well Being Centre is in the middle.
Livingston North railway station is within a 5 minute walk - walk through the car park above platform 1 and, take the 1st left. At the junction at the end of the road, look diagonally left to the brick units - the Well Being Centre in one of the middle units.
I only work with single adults over 18 years.