Sometimes it can hard to deal with some of the challenges that happen in life and we can lose a sense of who we are. Perhaps you are living with a recent or past loss, trauma or relationship difficulties, or you are feeling anxious and stressed. Together we can gently turn towards your feelings and explore your needs in a safe and professional therapeutic space, where you feel supported.
A period of difficulty (although sometimes painful), can be an opportunity to give yourself the time and space to discover more about you.
I help people work through experiences such as:
depression and stress; anxiety and panic attacks; domestic abuse; sexual abuse; bereavement and other life losses; addiction; difficulty adjusting to life changes; feeling overwhelmed and not knowing why; living according to the expectation of others; low self-esteem, negative thoughts and self judgement; self-harm and suicide; past or present relationship and family difficulties; trauma and attachment trauma; chronic pain.
I offer a warm, safe and supportive therapeutic space where we can explore concerns at your own pace. Together we can create some space in your life for you to value yourself and gain some understanding of your experiences. Some people contact me wanting to work with a specific issue, whereas others come to counselling wanting space to review where they are and bring some balance back into their life. I believe that, given the right conditions, it is possible to develop new ways of being in the world.
Patterns and adaptions, that helped you to fit into your families, workplaces and social relationships, may not be serving you in your life now and can become exhausting to your emotional wellbeing, physical wellbeing and mental health. Understanding yourself and life's challenges can be profound and can create an opportunity to make some changes.
As an integrative therapist, I am able to draw on a range of approaches including Person Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and creativity. I am interested in meditation, mindfulness and compassion and like to work with the whole person, which includes the connection between the mind and the body – as trauma, anxiety and stress can manifest itself physically in the body and nervous system.
I help people through bereavement and we all experience loss in our life, but loss is not only experienced when someone has died. We can be impacted by divorce or loss of a partnership, loss of health, loss of a sense of who we are or a loss of direction in life, redundancy and retirement, a sense of loss when children leave home and many more. It may feel like the ground beneath you has opened up and you are separated from life as usual. It may be a place of uncertainty between what is no longer and what is yet to come. It is important to take the time to grieve these losses.
How we live our modern lives may be impacting us more than we realise and can lead to imbalance, loneliness or a lack of meaningful connection. I can help you to be curious and reflective, allowing you to make sense of your situation and gain a wider perspective.
‘Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are’ – Rachel Naomi Remen
Please visit my website at www.louisehoopercounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
My background is teaching music and education, including working with children with additional needs.
I have experience in bereavement counselling and provide one to one counselling at Longfield Hospice for adults who have been bereaved by the death of parents, partners, siblings and children. My clients also include those with a life-limiting illness and carers of people who have Parkinson's, Dementia and cancer.
I have worked with Southside Family Project, a family support charity, where many of my clients experienced domestic abuse, emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, low self-worth and relationship difficulties. Here I developed an interest in how emotional trauma can affect the body, which may lead to chronic illness and depression - the legacy of which is just starting to be recognised.
I respect diversity in our community and am climate aware.
I have an interest in developing my work with young adults and those who have experienced trauma.
- Diploma in Counselling (Level 6), University of the West of England (UWE)
- Essential Elements of Counselling Young People, University of the West of England (UWE)
- Certificate in Counselling, University of the West of England (UWE)
- MBACP (Accred) - I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Internal Family Systems for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction with Dr Richard Schwartz and Dr Frank Anderson
- Integrative Trauma Treatment blending IFS, Sensorimotor, Mindfulness and Psychoeducation with Janina Fisher
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
My regular fee is £45 per hour
I understand that finding a therapist that feels right for you is very important and as such I offer a free 30 minute initial session where we can meet to discuss what led you to contact me and how we might work together.
I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I abide by their ethical framework and values and undertake supervision and professional development regularly.
I offer some evening appointments