About me

Making the decision to see a counsellor can take an immense amount of courage.  Acknowledging that you may need some help in talking through and making sense of some of your feelings or behaviours 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 can help.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and 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 have worked with many adults who have experienced loss & bereavement, anxiety and anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and difficult early relationships and events.

Through listening to you and understanding your story, I can help you to make links with your relationships and behaviours.  Understanding why certain patterns may have formed, along with providing some insights through psychoeducation and gentle challenging, can help support you in starting to do things differently.

I offer a free 30-minute telephone conversation where we can establish if I am the right person to help you.  Following on from this, we can schedule in a regular time for you where we can meet - either in-person or remotely.  I offer both short- and long-term therapy and we can review what is most suitable for you.

My office is based on a farm, just outside of Cobham, in Surrey.  It's a comfortable and discrete environment, designed specifically to offer a therapeutic space.  As we move forward, beyond Covid-19, I will continue to offer remote counselling.  This means that should things change - if one of us needs to self-isolate, or if there are further lockdowns - we can easily switch to online or telephone counselling.  It also means that I can offer therapy to people who live further afield, or who may not otherwise be able to travel to the office.

Please do get in touch and we can arrange an initial telephone consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • B.A. (Hons): Counselling (1st Class), University of Greenwich
  • Foundation Degree: 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
  • Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

Member organisations

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

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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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£50 per 50 minute session.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

New Barn Farm
Bookham Road
Downside
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 3JS

Leatherhead
Surrey
KT23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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

Private parking available.

Additional languages

None

Online platforms

Zoom

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Louise Smith

Louise Smith