About me

At times in life it can become hard to cope with different challenges, particularly at the moment with the virus and how it affects our lives, whether you are alone or have others around you.  It is at this time that it can be helpful to speak with a counsellor, knowing that you will not be judged and anything you wish to talk about is confidential.  It is important that you feel safe and that you can trust your counsellor, therefore I always encourage my clients to consider how they feel when they first come to see me and this is when we can explore your needs and your expectations of counselling.
The initial session gives you, the client, the opportunity to get a sense of who I am and decide whether we feel we can work together to explore what is troubling you.

I am based in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex which is within easy travelling distance from the surrounding St. Leonards and Hastings area.

I am an experienced, insured and professionally qualified integrative counsellor offering both short and long term counselling.  I am a registered member of the BACP.

As an integrative counsellor, I am trained in Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Behavioural approaches and I use these to meet my client's unique needs. During the sessions, we will regularly explore and review your needs and expectations of therapy.

I have experience of supervising counsellors both 1-1 and in a group, particularly in the bereavement field but often work with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and other issues, therefore I can offer supervision to individuals on request.

I can offer concessions to counselling students.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Distinction

Awareness in Bereavement Care - Foundation Course (Cruse Bereavement Care)

Award in Cruse Bereavement Care Supervision - Level 3

Samaritans volunteer (2007 - 2011)

My counselling career began in 2007, shortly after which I trained as a Samaritan handling confidential calls for people experiencing emotional and suicidal distress.  My work with Samaritans was challenging yet rewarding and valuable in gaining an understanding of the distress that an individual can experience in many different traumatic situations.

I have extensive experience in the field of bereavement, having worked as a counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care since 2008 and St. Michael's Hospice since 2009. During this time, I have worked with many clients who have experienced different bereavements and have needed the support of a counsellor at such a difficult time in their life.  I also work as a supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care with bereavement volunteers supporting them with their client caseloads.

I work alongside several Employment Assistance Programme organisations counselling clients with a range of issues, particularly work-related stress using different approaches to suit their needs.

Alongside my work with the above organisations, I have my private practice, where I see clients who come with a range of different issues for support and the opportunity to explore what is troubling them. Some of the issues I have worked with are anxiety, depression, bereavement, work-related stress, relationship problems, other types of loss, low self-esteem, alcohol dependency and many other issues.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas I work with are death anxiety, grief and panic attacks; pet bereavement

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fee is £40 per hour for 1-1 sessions and £55 per hour for couples - daytime and evenings sessions are available.

Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at 50% of the normal session fee. The full fee will be chargeable if no notice is given.

Payment can be made either by cash, bank transfer or by cheque.

Concessions are available for counselling students and people on low incomes.

Availability

Flexible appointments are available during the daytime, evening and weekend (Saturday)

Further information

I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Free parking outside my practice is available.

There is a bus route within 10 minutes walking distance.

St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex
TN38

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Louise Noakes

Louise Noakes