Louise Parry -Dip Counselling ,MBACP, MNCS (acredited)
I describe myself as an integrative counsellor that enables the unique aspects of an individuals personality to be heard without judgment or prejudice. I practice ecotherapy, as going outdoors creates well being and reduces anxiety. Any issue can be explored this way, or indoors, where I practice in a garden room in beautiful natural surroundings. Which ever approach you prefer, your first session will explore all your needs and concerns. I practice in a non- expert approach, as I believe a person is an expert on themselves, I provide help to discover all the inner recourses, and dynamic process that a human has within themselves. I continue to learn from the creativity and emotional growth that I have experienced from my clients.
All humans possess unwritten rules of survival and how the world should function, and these emotional rules inform our sense of reality. Sometimes these inner rules, family codes, and social conditioning are on the edge of awareness. In early childhood development, we assimilate other peoples rules of being, to be accepted, or even loved, causing symptoms such as anxiety, depression and harmful coping strategies. By unlearning these rules, you can discover who you really are, and what you already knew was best for you. Discovering your rules of survival can allow you to make more informed choices, leading to more positive effects on behaviour, lifestyle, and relationships with others.
You may be seeking therapy for problematic symptoms or diagnosis, and where priority should be given for risk or harm to self, I believe a person is not defined by these, and deeper awareness often shines a light how unpleasant symptoms evolve. For one to one counselling I provide a safe and confidential place in which to explore your inner self, or any issues that that are causing distress or embodied discomfort. Therapy is provided within a garden room situated in a beautiful natural setting. I believe that if a client can view wilderness whilst engaging with therapy, it can provide a soft focus, and induce relaxation helping the process of reflection.
Another aspect of my practice is rewilding therapy or wilderness therapy. This form of therapy is about going outdoors from the counselling room to encounter the other than human, going for a walk, moving about or finding a spot to sit in. Being outside can develop an awareness of all the plant and animal life that we do not connect with in our busy lives. Stressful fast paced living with all its demands can cause parts of the brain to shut down cognition to stay safe, but we then lose the fascination of our natural environment. To engage with sky, mountains, trees or animals requires involuntary attention which is the polarisation of demanding life stress attention. This non- demanding attention to wildlife can lesson stress, and establish personal reflection helping to re-connect with your own inner wisdom. For many people directive functional therapy can be very stressful, especially if they have experienced trauma or abuse. The intimacy of one to one counselling indoors can be overwhelming, whereas moving outside can offer a more relaxing connection with the therapist, allowing a person to share deep feelings.
Using wilderness as a co therapist can provide a container for emotional growth, for example working with the seasons can help explore birth, life, renewal, death and constant change. Nature always provides useful metaphors to project a person’s difficult inner feelings. Using natural processes or objects can help someone to externalise problems and conflicts in a dynamic, creative manner. This is very therapeutic as this unique symbolic reality can express more than language can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been training for the past 4 years as a Person Centered counsellor and have gained a level 5 diploma in this modality. I have experience in working with clients who have substance misuse and young people within an educational setting. This has given me experience of a wide range of presentations such as early life trauma, attachment disorder, self-harm and depression. I have had training with motivational interviewing and the cycle of change, the latter is a CBT model that can be applied to anyone contemplating giving up unhealthy coping strategies.
I have also a Higher National Diploma in Holistic therapy (aroma/reflexology massage) this informs me of the importance an embodied experience within therapeutic practise. In 2017 I completed re wilding therapy training course with the Sweet Track Counselling services in Glastonbury.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
wilderness therapy, and forest bathing are available, which is seasonal, and involves mindfulness exercises, group reflection, meditation, and is experiential.Please contact me via email for information.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Sessions and Fees.
My Sessions are 50minutes, and I charge £40.00, and £30.00 for 1st session, and £30.00 for students.
My practice is 3miles from Shrewsbury in a secluded woodland estate at my home, and the garden room where I see clients is near the river and forest. The change of seasons and wildlife can be seen from the room. I often find clients reflecting that the natural processes, and season changes often reflect issues in their own life. If you require disabled access I will do all that I can to meet your requirements safely.
when contacting to make an appointment could you please text only, to the mobile number given, or email. If you wish to call my work number please call after 6pm, leave a message and I will call you back.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday, evenings and Sunday
Types of client