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Have you often found yourself questioning your life’s purpose?
Have you felt unsure of who you are or what you’re experiencing?
Have you experienced abuse or been gaslighted?
You may be living a life, making decisions about your life that aren’t necessarily your own.

If you are reading this, then it may be that you are seeking assistance to help you understand what it is you are experiencing, thinking or feeling. Counselling can offer that space to and offer a fresh perspective.

I believe that in order to help someone, it is important to build a trusting relationship where, together we can look at how you've become who you are today, and why you think and feel the way you do.

In my experience, I have discovered that experiences shape people and these experiences come from a range of places starting with relationships. The first relationships we ever have are with our parents and guardians and these make a lasting impact, acting as a template for any new relationships that are formed. I have realised that in order to break away from these patterns, the previous relationships need to be looked at and understood, to then make different choices.

I have also found that society and culture have a huge impact on how people live their lives. This can be in the form of receiving messages from people directly or indirectly. Some of these messages influence making life choice decisions such as (but not limited to) careers, marriage and children, religion, spirituality and sexuality. These views may be completely different to what you personally believe, creating inner conflict and turmoil.

I have experience in helping people to understand these inner conflicts to help them discover their own life purpose and make different choices, more aligned with their inner values.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have previously worked with non-abusing parents of sexually abused children, addiction and anxiety.

I am not limited to working within these areas, I have had extensive training and experience in other areas.

I have a special interest in issues surrounding fertility and living with chronic disease/illness. Prior to my counselling training I worked with a national charity on their helpline. Through my work there, I discovered that living with fertility affecting conditions, such as endometriosis, women experienced a sense of loss and purpose in life. As a result, it changed how women saw their self.

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

My formal qualifications include:

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • BACP Level 4 Accredited Diploma in Counselling
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling Level 5
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling Level 6
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy for addiction
  • The Rewind Technique for Trauma and PTSD.

I am also working towards a PGCE in Training and Education and work as a tutor,  teaching counselling in FE colleges in London.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My standard fees start from £60 per session.

I may be able to offer a concessionary rate depending on your circumstances, we can discuss this in the initial session. This will give us a chance to explore what you might want to bring to counselling and to see if we can work together.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please enquire for availability.

Further information

Although I am based in London, I am currently conducting counselling sessions online via Zoom and by telephone. This means I can work with anyone around the country with a stable internet or telephone connection.

London
WC1X

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

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Louise Socratous MBACP

Louise Socratous MBACP