About me

I'm an experienced counsellor which respects the individual needs and rights of my clients. I have a caring and warm nature, and I’m here to listen, to help you explore and understand any of your issues. I have over 20 years working with people in a variety of settings and roles.

How I can help

Sometimes we can feel lost, out of kilter, confused, stressed or consumed with grief. I offer a safe therapeutic space in which to work with you to process and understand things you may find difficult to face alone. I believe that self-awareness is the foundation of positive growth towards psychological wellbeing. Throughout my training I have developed my own self awareness which has deepened my understanding of self. I know how emotional pain feels for me, but I don't assume I know how your emotional distress and pain feels for you. By listening to you I endeavour to understand your world from your perspective, empowering you to a self exploration which in turn can untangle emotions. I believe that everyone has the ability to make their own choices and decisions and act upon them accordingly, I will be along side you to facilitate the process.

Making the decision to start counselling might seem daunting. However, it is the first step towards overcoming personal difficulties and working towards positive changes.

What to expect in your first session

The first session provides an opportunity for us to meet each other. We will discuss matters such as, what has brought you to therapy and what do you want to achieve from the therapy. This session also offers the opportunity for us both to decide if we are going to be comfortable working together. I will inform you about confidentiality, fees, cancellations and contact. Also, you will be able to ask any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
BA(Hons) - Person-Centred Counselling
BTEC Diploma - Developing Counselling Skills

In addition I attend regular continual professional and personal development workshops which serve to broaden my awareness and understanding.

I have worked in charitable organisations including, Eating Matters, 4Woman Project and the Norfolk Recovery Project, working with people with a diverse range of issues.

Member organisations


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

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.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£40 for an hour session.

For those facing financial hardship concessions are available, please contact me for details.

Payment is taken at the time of the session by cash or bank transfer before the session.


Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 11:00-18:00

Further information

There is a free village car park which you can use.

The nearest train station is Blythe Bridge, which is 0.7 mile and about a 15 minute walk.

I have bottled water available in my counselling room.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


Louise Purnell

Louise Purnell