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About me

Hi, I’m Louise and I’m a Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor and a Qualified Coach based in Fareham. I offer affordable counselling and/or coaching to anyone aged 14 and above.

You'll find that my wide range of skills and tools help me to tailor my approach to best suit your needs and preference. I am very down to earth, a very good listener and provide a professional service.

Getting started

I know the first step can sometimes be the hardest and finding the right person to work with is really important. I offer a free telephone consultation so you can see if I'm right for you. I offer concessionary rates and can also offer a payment plan if needed.

My approach

I combine Gestalt counselling with Clean Language Coaching which makes my approach dynamic, creative and highly respectful.

I’ve always loved getting to know what makes people tick and, having uncovered a growing interest in helping people to find the best version of themselves, I decided to retrain as a coach after a career in marketing. I then trained as a counsellor as I found I could help people with more by having both qualifications and skillsets.

I provide a comfortable space that is non-judgemental and empathetic. My creative marketing background has stayed with me as I have chosen coaching and counselling approaches that bring this in – I use creative experiments, metaphors and symbols to help my clients see things from a different perspective and this often gives them increased personal insight and understanding

... And if creative approaches are not for you, then I am also very good at simply listening, I can also offer a more structured approach.

You'll find that I have a wide range of skills and tools that help me tailor my approach to suit your needs and preference.

Background

I have lots of life experiences that help to inform my approach. I was a young carer and encountered bereavement in childhood. I support others with a learning disability, dementia and neurodiversity and I have had personal experiences of stress & burnout, anxiety, depression and fear of public speaking ...

Whilst I have had some challenging life experiences, I know that we are all unique and everything impacts us in many different ways. My approach is to be curious, never assume and to understand your experience from your frame of reference.

How I work

I am based In Fareham. I can offer flexible sessions from my home-based therapy room, in the comfort of your own home or a workplace setting*. I'm happy to mix and match depending on your requirements.

I can also deliver counselling online (using Zoom or any other preferred platform). Text, email, telephone and outdoor counselling are other options.

*PLEASE NOTE: Travel costs may be incurred for home visits. A risk assessment will need to be carried out for all face to face sessions. All settings are assessed to ensure that you will have a quiet space to talk and that confidentiality can be maintained.

I am committed to running an ethical and professional practice, underpinned by my own values and principles and I am governed by those of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) ethical framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling

I have a Diploma of Higher Education in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling and I am an individual member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).

In addition to my private counselling practice, I work for a young persons charity and a bereavement charity as a volunteer counsellor. I also spent a number of years as a volunteer listener with the Samaritans.

I can support you with: Anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks and phobias. Identity, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, self-harm.

Coaching

I have a Level 5 ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring and I am a Member of the Association for Coaching (MAC). I also have an MA in Marketing and spent 20+ years in business.

As well as my private coaching practice, I work as an associate for a Community Interest Company supporting individuals with neurodiversity in business and education, helping them to build on their strengths and overcome any difficulties in the workplace.

I can support you with: Performance Anxiety, Imposter Syndrome, Fear of public speaking, Confidence. Strategies for memory, organisation, stress management. Personal development, career development, exam nerves, revision planning, decision making, problem-solving, goal or direction setting and life coaching.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free telephone consultation so you can see if I'm right for you. 

Counselling per 50-minute session is £44. 

I offer a short seven-session counselling package that is usually targeted or focused on one particular outcome or issue. This can be extended in sets of 6 sessions to accommodate longer work.  Counselling sessions are usually held on the same day at the same time each week. 

Coaching per 90 minutes is £70.

I usually recommend three to five 90-minute coaching sessions depending on your requirements. Coaching is usually delivered at intervals of two to four weeks. 

Please note that I do offer concessionary rates for both counselling and coaching and can also offer a payment plan if needed.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

My hours of work are weekdays from 10:00 to 18:00. Please note that I am sometimes able to offer evening and weekend sessions.

Fareham
Hampshire
PO14

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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I aim to be as flexible as possible to ensure my service is accessible for everyone. I can offer sessions from my home-based therapy room, in the comfort of your own home, by telephone or online.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
VSee
Doxy
Whatsapp
Louise Hockaday

Louise Hockaday