About me

I believe wholeheartedly in the process of counselling as a means of understanding how your experiences can impact on your present situation, thoughts and feelings. I also believe that having a safe, confidential space in which you can offload and be met with empathy can make an enormous difference to your life especially when things feel overwhelming. I work collaboratively with my clients to increase their self-awareness which empowers them and gives them more choice about how they move forward with their lives.

I am trained as a humanistic integrative counsellor which means that I have knowledge of several counselling approaches including Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This allows me to work with my clients in a way which best suits their individual needs drawing on a range of theory, tools and techniques.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I currently see clients at a counselling agency in the New Forest and in private practice in Wimborne. I worked for several years in Advice and Guidance with young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds helping them access training and employment which enabled them to move forwards in their lives. Hearing people’s stories during this time helped me to realise the importance and value of listening well and being empathetic and led me to embark on my counselling journey, training at both West Thames College and Redlands Counselling. I have an arts degree and enjoy working creatively within the counselling room if this is something my client also likes to do and finds helpful.


  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling and Working with Young People
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance
  • BA Hons Degree in Modern Drama Studies

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


If you are interested in booking an appointment please contact me by telephone or email.

Following this first point of contact, I will arrange an initial consultation with you either face to face or via a phone call which will give us an opportunity to discuss your needs and for you to ask me any questions. If following the initial consultation, you would like to go ahead with attending counselling sessions I will arrange a suitable time with you for weekly sessions. I currently work during school hours on weekdays.


Initial Consultation: £10

Counselling Session (50 mins) £40 to be discussed at initial consultation

*I offer a reduced rate to student counsellors seeking individual counselling as part of their training or to clients who are claiming benefits.

Church Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults


Lou Sloan

Lou Sloan