Louise Sansum

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Dip.Couns MBACP
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Romford RM3 & Ilford IG6
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Thank you for looking at my page and a warm welcome to you.  Do you want someone to talk to who listens? Do you feel life is challenging or are you feeling anxious, sad, stressed, angry or maybe you feel like you're not coping with life and not sure why it just feel stuck? I am a person-centered counsellor who will provide you with a safe space where we can explore your thoughts, feelings, concerns and any anxieties together at your own pace.  

I offer short and long term counselling. I am available during the day, evening and weekends.  I work face to face at Buckhurst Hill, Barkingside and Harold Wood, online via Zoom and on the telephone.

About counselling.

Counselling with me is a place where you can feel supported whilst you work through difficult or painful problems you may have found too hard to face by yourself or have been unable to talk to family and friends about.

Bereavement Counselling

As well as working with a wide range of issues I do specialise in loss, grief and bereavement. Whether it was last week or ten year's ago it can be helpful and healing to talk to someone that can help you make sense of your feelings. This can be due to a loss of anything including loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, friendship, relationship, home or physical health.  Also the loss of freedom, connecting and life as you knew it through lockdown/Covid.

Getting started.

It is so important to find the right counsellor so I offer a free initial 15 minute session to establish whether I am the right counsellor for you.   I offer face to face counselling in Buckhurst Hill and Harold Wood.  Also Zoom and telephone counselling which can be helpful if you do not like to leave the house or have a busy schedule.  If life is busy I can fit in with you with sessions in the evenings or weekends.

 It is helpful to have an initial chat on the telephone before starting your counselling journey, therefore I offer a free 15 minute telephone call which is a good way of you to ask any questions and me to find out a little bit about what brings you to counselling.  

I offer counselling for a wide range of issues so please do get in touch if you think this may be what you are looking for, I will be happy to help and look forward to hearing from you.  

Training, qualifications & experience

Having trained extensively for four years as a person centred counsellor, I continue to develop my expertise with ongoing professional development.

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. 
  • Fully registered member of the BACP (MBACP)
  • Completed bereavement counselling training (hospice based)
  • Diploma and qualified as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist 

I continuously work on a voluntary basis at a local Hospice as a bereavement counsellor. I am guided but the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework and work in accordance with their guidelines. I hold professional indemnity insurance and a current DBS certificate in working with vulnerable adults and children.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavement counselling.

I offer counselling for anything you want to bring and I also specialise in bereavement counselling. Whether you are going through a divorce, breakup, loss of a job, loss of someone close to you or a loved, loyal pet, home or physical health. Also, loss of freedom through Covid counselling can be incredibly helpful and healing and can help make sense of the way grief affects you. I currently volunteer at a local hospice as a bereavement counsellor and have been for the past 2 and a half years.


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Sessions are £60 each and last for 50 minutes.

I also offer a free 15 minute assessment session, where we can talk and see how we will work together. I will also take some information from you about what has brought you to counselling.

Payment is required in advance to secure the first appointment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

All evenings, Wednesday and Friday day and evenings and weekends.

Further information

I am also a qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist which is a gentle, yet effective way to reduce anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, improve confidence or performance, overcome fears and phobias and much more.  

Ilford, Greater London, IG6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Unfortunately Barkingside is not wheelchair user accessible.

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Louise Sansum
Louise Sansum