Louise Smyth PG Dip, HCPC, Dip Supervision
I am a HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) state registered therapist. I qualified in 1992. I am also qualified in theraplay, sandtray therapy, yoga and clinical supervision. I offer a free initial session to see how it feels with no obligation to continue. I have a warm, compassionate, non-judgemental approach and have extensive experience working with diverse groups of people.
I have over 20 years of experience working with trauma using drama, the body, talking and non-verbal communication. If appropriate I also use various small objects to allow people to project their feelings safely, as well as other props such as clay, sand and water. I am also interested in using masks and stories to explore feelings either directly or non-directly. I am influenced by Jung, Gestalt, psychodynamic thinking and mindfulness. I am a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and follow their ethical guidelines.
Inner Child Work For Adults
I am particularly interested in working together to explore the 'inner child'. These creative approaches can be very helpful in allowing us to access 'places' that were not given space or a voice as a child. I work sensitively and intuitively so these feelings can be expressed at an individual's own pace. It can be an opportunity to nurture your inner child, let your inner child play, express joy, excitement or passion. Or a chance to put boundaries in place gently and safely. Or perhaps grieve, feel anger, disorientation, confusion or complete emptiness and feel supported throughout. This work is key I believe to enabling people to move forward, overcome developmental delay and release blockages.
Children and Young People
I offer 1 to 1 sessions for children and young people. It can be very beneficial to be able to offer children and young people a choice around how they feel like engaging in a particular session, whether it be talking, using sensory materials, small objects, drama, movement, art, puppets or stories. I am careful to work at an individual's pace, sometimes obliquely sometimes more directly and always with the utmost respect for the child or young person. I try to ensure that the children and young people who come to the sessions feel safe enough to be able to explore all kinds of feelings without feeling judged. I have an advanced DBS check and keep my child protection training updated.
Parent/Guardian and Child/Young person
I have been working with children and young people alongside their parents or guardians for the last 10 years. I have found it to be really useful for the child or young person to have their parent or guardian in the session and for them to take part in the creativity. I work with all kinds of creative methods depending on what feels the most appropriate. I also use theraplay in some of these sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working within the NHS, privately and for charities. I have worked with people with mental health issues as well as people with learning difficulties in a variety of settings. I have undertaken courses in working with trauma, abuse, attachment issues, domestic violence, gestalt and mindfulness. I also regularly update my professional training in dramatherapy. I have worked particularly with young people, children and adults who were experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessional compulsive disorder, low self esteem and eating disorders. I coordinated projects and worked as a therapist for Women's Aid for 8 years. This role involved liaising with other organisations and working closely with colleagues on child protection issues. Before this I worked in various evironments such as family centres, residential settings, schools, the NHS, privately, in a creche and in India. I continue to learn and gain inspiration through my own personal development.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 - £70 an hour. Fees can be negotiated when working with children, young people or adults on a low income. I am offering lower rates due to the current situation around Covid19.
Please feel free to email me with any questions.