Louise Smith - Integrative Counsellor, BA (Hons), MBACP
Hello, and welcome to my profile. Making the decision to see a counsellor can take an immense amount of courage - to acknowledge that you may need some help in talking through and making sense of some of the feelings causing you pain can feel a big step to take. There may be events, or even moments, that leave you fighting for breath. Feelings of shame or failure that you cannot seem to shift, or a sense of dread and foreboding, making everyday life a struggle. Perhaps the death of a loved one, conflict with family or friends, or a significant life change such as divorce or redundancy has caused you to feel off balance. This is where counselling may help.
I offer a safe, warm and empathetic environment, where together we can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I hold the belief that we all have the potential for change and growth, but sometimes this needs to be nurtured.
I am a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and I am currently offering online and telephone counselling. This is to ensure our physical safety, as well as to maintain a regular, consistent space for your therapy, minimising the need for breaks due to further lockdowns or needing to self-isolate.
There will come a time when working face-to-face will again be possible. I will continue to monitor this and act in accordance with government Covid-19 guidelines. We can discuss whether meeting face-to-face is right for you, or if you would prefer for your sessions to remain online/telephone. My office is in Downside, near Cobham in Surrey. It is a comfortable space, with off-road parking, and affords a great amount of privacy.
Please do get in touch so that we can arrange an initial telephone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.A. (Hons) Counselling 1st Class, University of Greenwich
- Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling, University of Greenwich
- NCFE Counselling Skills, levels 1-3
- Certified Online & Telephone Counsellor
- Enhanced DBS Clearance
- Counsellor at The Oasis Centre, Cobham
- Counsellor at Sutton Counselling
- Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per 50 minute session.
Some concessions are available - please ask
Concessions offered for
Monday: 9.30am - 7.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am - 7.00pm
Wednesday: 9.30am - 7.00pm
Thursday: 9.30am - 7.00pm
Friday: by arrangement
Saturday: by arrangement