Louise Purnell BA(Hons) Counselling, Registered MBACP

Louise Purnell BA(Hons) Counselling, Registered MBACP



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About me

About me

I offer a safe place where you can talk openly and in confidence without judgement. I have a caring and warm nature, and I’m here to listen, to help you explore and understand any of your issues. I am an experienced counsellor registered with the BACP.

My core training is in the Person Centred approach, meaning the client is my main focus, respecting their individual needs and rights. This way of being underpinned my work in healthcare, where I have always practiced in a client centred way. I chose to train in the Person Centred approach, as it resonated with my own philosophy and personal values, believing that everyone has within them the ability to resolve their own issues. My aim is to facilitate the process and create the therapeutic space in which this can happen.

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.

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

I allow for a space where you can explore many aspects of your life and feelings, in a non-Judgemental environment, thus allowing you to gain deeper insight into your difficulties. I can help reduce confusion and allow for more clarity, helping you to make positive changes in your life. I aim to draw out answers within yourself, to enable you to make your own choices and decisions and act upon them accordingly. Also, it can be hard work, but you won't be alone in the process. I will be there to facilitate your self exploration and discovery. The therapeutic relationship that we build together is key. I believe trust is the foundation of a relationship and I endeavour to respect every client and appreciate that each client is an individual and is completely unique.

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
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


Accredited register membership

Therapies offered

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  • The Counselling room


£40 for an hour session.

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

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.

Maps & Directions

Stoke-on-Trent, ST11

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday & Tuesdays 10:00 - 20:00 Wednesdays 13:00 - 20:00 Thursdays 14:00 - 21:00 Fridays 13:00 - 20:00 Saturdays 11:00 - 18:00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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