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MBACP - Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist

About me

Hi, my name is Louise and I work in private practice as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.  Prior to this,  I was part of the NHS (practising as a Midwife and Health Visitor) and then trained to become an alternative therapist.

I help people who are experiencing anxiety; sadness; low mood and depression; panic attacks; loneliness; low self esteem; loss and bereavement; disordered eating; friendship and relationship issues; fertility and parenthood difficulties.  I also have vast experience of supporting mothers in the antenatal and postnatal period.

We often want to reach out to others and connect positively, however, there may be challenges in being able to co-operate with family; friends; work colleagues or  partners (which could lead to separation/divorce).  

Feeling disconnected can contribute to the accumulation of stress which impacts negatively on mental health.  It could be that there is a sense of 'not belonging'; 'fitting in' and being accepted for who you are.

Any of these issues can lead us to feeling alone and 'stuck', whereby movement forward may be difficult, particularly if there is an underlying fear of change and uncertainty.

I will work alongside you holistically on your therapeutic journey, so that you can feel heard, encouraged and able to identify your own strengths to overcome difficulties. 

How can counselling help you?

Counselling provides an opportunity to explore what is troubling you, so that you can feel listened to and not discouraged. I am a certified online and telephone counsellor and I will provide you with kindness, warmth, empathy and understanding in a safe, confidential space.

We can work together to identify underlying behaviour patterns (created from a young age), which may be out of awareness. This insight provides the freedom of choice to respond or behave differently (with relation to issues in the 'here and now') and use courage to develop resilience in overcoming challenges. 

Our therapeutic relationship will help you to see the world through a different lens and offer you the choice to change your thought process (demonstrating the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in my practice).

I can ensure that this is a safe space for you to work through whatever you bring to counselling and I recognise that the connection between us is important in order for the sessions to be effective.

How to get in contact

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and please feel free to contact me via email just here or alternatively, you can get in touch via phone on either 01844 218 278 or 07861 685 506 with any further questions or to book an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained as an Integrative counsellor which means that I am able to provide a person centred, holistic approach when being alongside you on your counselling journey.   I incorporate CBT into my practice and if you wish, we can work together to explore some early memories and your family of origin, so that interpretations can be made regarding how you view yourself and others.                                  Therefore, counselling sessions provide insight, whereby you feel supported and understood, rather than isolated or alone.

I have experience of working with adolescents of secondary school age and adults.

  • Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Advanced CBT Diploma
  • Anxiety Management Diploma
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Diploma
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling 
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts 
  • Counselling Skills Course
  • Psychology and Philosophy (BSc)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Midwifery - Registered Midwife (RM)
  • Community Health Degree (BSc) - Health Visitor (HV)
  • How to Help Adolescents and Young Adults During Covid 19
  • Basic Substance Misuse Training 
  • Cultural Awareness Training
  • Domestic Abuse - What is Domestic Abuse?
  • Introductory Mental Health Training
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Postnatal Depression Training Course
  • Psychological Problems Following Childbirth
  • Smoking Cessation 
  • Diploma in Reflexology
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki First Degree

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

- Friendship issues and feeling accepted by others

- Lacking a sense of belonging and significance

- Difficulties in Conception/IVF journey.

-Physical conditions during pregnancy and beyond; Birth trauma

-Hormonal issues (adolescence; peri-menopause, menopause)  

-Managing change

Therapies offered

Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00

Additional information

If you would like a free initial 10 minute consultation - please feel free to request this and I will send a zoom link/telephone you.  

If you would like to arrange a 50 minute counselling session - I will email my BACS payment details along with brief information about how I work.  As soon as payment is received, please notify me and a zoom link will then be sent to you (which means that our appointment has then been confirmed).

Session fee's are as follows:

£50 Monday to Friday (9am-2pm)

£55 Monday to Friday (4pm-7pm) and Saturday (9am-12pm).

£45 concession for Students/Trainee Counsellors 

Please let me know if you need to cancel within 24 hours, or full payment will be required. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Sessions are 50 minutes long via Zoom link.

Further information

I have experience of working in private practice and can now offer online sessions.

Why I take a holistic approach to counselling...

I have personally and professionally experienced that holding onto thoughts and emotions, can negatively impact psychological and physical health. For example, stress may be internalised so that headaches/migraines develop or stomach pains may emerge. The body speaks a language and noticing what is going on within, can reflect our thought process. My holistic background has helped me to develop an understanding of the mind and body relationship which is why I take both of these aspects into account when working alongside you as a unique individual.

What you can expect from me?

I am a Registered Member of the BACP, which means that I adhere to an ethical framework, ensuring I am practicing safely.  I receive regular supervision which is an important means of self development and providing my clients with an effective service. CPD is maintained by attending workshops; webinars; reading and listening to podcasts.

I am also a member of ASIIP  - which is the Adlerian Society UK Institute for Individual Psychology (promoting the understanding and application of individual psychology).

I will provide you with kindness; warmth; empathy and understanding in a safe, confidential space.

Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom