Louise Pateman MBACP (Registered)
Hello, I'm Louise. I am an experienced counsellor, providing short and long term therapy. I am fully qualified and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have been working as a counsellor for over 12 years.
You might be in the midst of a crisis, experiencing confusing feelings or seeking to focus on a specific issue, I am able to provide a safe, calm and confidential setting in which your thoughts and feelings can be discussed free from judgment or prejudice.
I am a genuine, warm, honest and empathic person and I fully acknowledge the courage it takes in seeking someone to be open and talk with. With each client that I meet, my focus is to understand your outer and inner world, what makes you who you are. I work in a relational way, focusing on connecting with you and building our relationship. We can work together to explore your difficulties, with the aim of opening up new choices and options. It is possible you have something specific you would like to address, or you might be confused and just need the space and time to figure things out.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor which means I use different models of counselling, combining them and tailoring them to fit your needs. Integrative therapy covers the Person-Centred approach, Gestalt, the Psychodynamic approach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy . I aim to create the most effective and fulfilling therapy for you.
If you would like to make an appointment to see me please feel free to make contact either by phone or by email. I am happy for you to leave a voicemail if I am unable to answer your call and I will get back to you.
After our first conversation we can make arrangements to have an initial assessment in which we can meet each other and you can get a feel of whether you would feel comfortable working with me. I will explain how counselling works and what you can expect from me. I will ask you some questions about what brings you to counselling and what you would like to achieve.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a counsellor I have worked in several different agencies, including an NHS scheme, Welfare to Work and Barnado's. My experience also extends to work as a Counselling Tutor for Birmingham Adult Education Service and Coventry University College. I have found my work as a Counselling Tutor has enhanced my counselling practise by deepening my knowledge of counselling theories and techniques.
Diploma in Counselling
Level 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory
Introduction to Counselling
Member of the BACP
I attend CPD workshops and enhance my counselling knowledge and skills at every opportunity. Some of the CPD courses I have attended:
Working with Trauma, Using Art Therapy in Trauma Work, Focusing Workshop, Relationships - Why Bother?, Mindfulness, Single Session Counselling, Understanding HIV, Suicide and Self Harm and CPD Discussion Groups.
In addition to my work as a Counsellor I recently worked as a Lecturer in Counselling at a local University. I have 7 years experience teaching counselling and have taught courses from Level 2 to degree level.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Single Session Counselling:
I am able to offer single-session counselling which can be a very powerful and effective way of accessing therapy. It can provide a new perspective and is often a very cathartic experience. For many people one session is enough and the act of focusing on a specific issue, receiving structured support and expressing themselves fully enables them to solve the root issue. Clients report feeling very satisfied after one session. I aim to offer a session within a week of contact being made.
Please get in touch if you would like more information.
I currently have sessions available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The counselling room is on the 1st floor and there is no lift access.