Louise Socratous MBACP
Due to the current pandemic, I am offering online, telephone and walking therapy.
It’s times like this that can cause us to look at ourselves and re-evaluate our lives. We might discover that we’re not happy in our relationships, or our jobs, realising that life is too short to be living an unsatisfactory inauthentic life. Change, as difficult and daunting as it is, can take place when we start to ask ourselves questions about what’s going on beyond the surface, breaking down the barriers, learning to be open to new experience and emotions….opening the door to our true authentic selves.
How I work:
I work from a Person-Centred model, which means that I give you the space to explore and work through what’s going on, in your own time. However, I know everyone is different, so I often draw upon knowledge of other theoretical approaches to fit in with what you need.
These can include:
Existential therapy which focuses on your view of life and your experience of living
Psychodynamic counselling looks at our childhood and how we become who we are today
Motivational Interviewing helps you to identify changes and most importantly, your reasons for changing. These changes can be absolutely anything. For example, eating too much or too little, drinking too much, watching the TV too much or wanting to exercise more
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how a person’s thoughts and beliefs have an effect on their feelings and behaviours
Mindfulness helps you to focus on the present moment
Areas I am particularly experienced to help with:
Spirituality and existential issues, life changes, infertility / female reproductive health, trauma, domestic violence, abusive relationships, family dynamics, addiction / dependency, childhood sexual abuse, loss, anxiety, depression, identity issues and sexuality.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I abide by their code of ethics.
Registered number: 378826
I hold a BA Honours (level 6) in Counselling.
I also have a Foundation Degree (level 5) and a BACP accredited Diploma (level 4).
I am also trained in Mindfulness and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.
I am always committed to the wellbeing of my clients. I regularly undertake Continuing Professional Development (which include books and lectures) which enables me to best help my clients.
Some events I’ve recently attended include:
- An Evening with Emmy Van Duerzen: To be or not to be: an existential journey, 2019
- The Rewind Technique for PTSD with Dr David Muss, 2019
- How to Overcome Negative Thinking with Dr Roy Baumeister, 2019
- Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Connection Between Stress and Disease with Dr Gabor Mate, 2019
- Attachment Theory and Psychotherapy with Professor Jeremy Holmes, 2020
- A Day on Relational Depth with Mick Cooper, 2020
- The Impulse to Hoard! with Madison-Amy Webb, 2020
I have experience working with a variety of issues. I’ve worked with people who have overcome and worked through addictions. I’ve assisted people make sense of trauma and/or abuse or a specific traumatic event that has happened in their life. I’ve helped people find tools to become equipped to deal with events that trigger anxiety and depression. I’ve also helped people through their experience of loss and discover the meaning of life.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £55
I may be able to offer a concessionary rate depending on your circumstances. We can discuss this in the initial session which I offer at £25. This will give us a chance to explore what you might want to bring to counselling and to see if we can work together.
Concessions offered for
For more information on walking therapy please visit: https://www.louisesocratous.co.uk/walk-and-talk