Psychotherapist, Supervisor: Teens, Young Adults, Parents
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Hello, I'm Louise, I am a Specialist Psychotherapist based in Bath, UK.
As a Tavistock and Portman trained psychodynamic psychotherapist, I offer specialist therapy to teenagers and young adults up to 26, parent consultation and guidance, and parent-child therapy. I also work with parental couples with issues around conflict, separation and divorce. I have 16 years experience working in NHS mental health clinics, in addition 6 years in private practice, helping individuals and families to rediscover resilience, self efficacy, and a renewed sense of optimism in their lives.
I have a warm, empathic approach, meeting you where you are.
I aim to help you discover more freedom and authenticity in how you understand yourself and others. I work with close attention to your thoughts, feelings, memories and dreams. Through the therapeutic relationship we make sense of ways of relating where you may be unconsciously repeating old patterns which no longer serve you.
The evidence indicates that the benefits of psychodynamic treatment are “lasting and not just transitory and appear to extend well beyond symptom remission. For many people, psychodynamic therapy may foster inner resources and capacities that allow richer, freer, and more fulfilling lives.”
I can help with a diverse range of issues.
These include anxiety, depression, trauma and traumatic stress, life transitions, including leaving home, separation/divorce, relationship, transgender and sexuality issues. I liaise with and can refer to other mental health professionals, for instance consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and family therapists when this is indicated. I have strong links with schools, colleges, and university student support services.
I aim to help to resolve current problems which may relate to early life experiences, or may be linked to more recent events, and develop deeper self-acceptance. In order to be helped, I believe people need to feel safe, accepted, facilitated and not judged, but we also all need to be challenged sometimes so we can can grow.
I offer an initial free telephone consultation of around 10 minutes.
Following this would be an initial assessment where we can decide together if I can be of help to you. Treatment is always a collaborative approach, and we will look at your goals and what you hope to achieve within a particular timeframe. I offer brief consultation eg for a parenting or relationship difficulty. However most treatment will take longer eg at least 12 weeks or longer term for more deep-seated issues.
Please get in touch with any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctoral level professional qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Children and Adolescents 0-25 years) : Tavistock Clinic and University of East London
- Post graduate diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies and Infant Observation: Tavistock and Portman Clinic/University of East London
- Advanced Certificate in Couple Relationships: Tavistock Relationships
- EMDR level 1 EMDR Works
- IAPT Supervisor's training Exeter University
- BA (Hons) MA English (Cantab)
- Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists
Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Parenting guidance
- Work with parental couples during separation and divorce
- Attachment based Parent-child therapy
- Transgender and LGBTQI+ issues
- Student mental health
- Life transitions eg leaving home, adapting to university and post university/work life
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a standard session fee of £65. I also offer a few reduced fee spaces on a sliding scale for self funding students and young adults or for parents on a low wage - if you would like to discuss this further please get in touch.
When I work
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and to check availability.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides a space to explore, to feel understood at your own pace, to work through complex issues and dilemmas, to get more in touch with yourself and find ways of overcoming unhelpful patterns. The therapeutic alliance between client and therapist is the key to meaningful positive relief of symptoms and long-term change.