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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.


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 currently only delivering counselling online or by telephone (using Zoom or any other preferred platform). 

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


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.


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


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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.


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • 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.

When I work

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Fareham, Hampshire, PO14

Type of session


Types of client

Young people

Key details

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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.

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