Hello, I'm Lou, and I am an Integrative Counsellor. I work with honesty, acceptance and compassion, to facilitate your move to clarity and empowerment.
Taking time for yourself and entering into counselling takes a lot of courage, and whilst the initial steps may feel uncomfortable, I am here to support you.
With the focus of our work being on your unique and individual experience of your circumstances; how you're feeling, thinking and responding, and how we can work together to help you achieve your best possible self and/or clarity.
An Integrative Counsellor, I use elements of several theoretical models.
Rogers' Person-centred approach is the foundation of my work - putting my clients in the seat of professional of their own experience. This means you use your own thoughts and feelings as guidance, putting you firmly in control.
The focus of the majority of my work with clients is overcoming anxiety, building self-esteem/confidence and self acceptance. However, I work with a great many other individual experiences too.
Our work together is primarily to build a wealth of self awareness, so choices can be made with clarity; coping strategies to enable strength in challenging circumstances, with long term maintenance goals in mind. I welcome you to practice self compassion, the same kindness you would offer to others.
I offer a free 20-30 minute initial phone call or Zoom meet to get a feel for me and ask questions, so please do get in touch if you would like to know more.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Exeter College
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
- Level 2 Introduction to Counselling.
Between 2018 - 2020, I had the opportunity to work with a wide and varied selection of personal and emotional life transitions and challenges, volunteering for an organisation offering affordable counselling to those on low incomes.
Since 2019, I have successfully run my own Private Practice and continue to work privately with individuals based on their own unique emotional experiences and circumstances. I continue to attend regular and additional Continue Professional Development.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a personal interest in helping people to overcome or manage Anxiety and Stress, and its impact on the emotional, thinking and physical body.
I also have experience of working with individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions. Although I do not work with the condition itself, I do work with the individual regarding underlying related issues, such as loneliness, marginalization, feelings of worthlessness, guilt and so on.
From £35.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Sessions are £40 per one hour for Individuals. £35 per one hour session for Students, Trainee Counsellors, Keyworkers and those on low incomes.
Payments to be made by BACS if using remote service.
Monday to Friday 9.30 - 8pm. Availability does varies from week to week, so please ask if you have a day or time in mind outside of this, and I can check availability.
My private practice takes place in Exminster, currently delivered via video conferencing. When working face to face my practice rooms are quiet and reassuring in their size and décor, which I hope will put you at ease.
Easily accessible, Exminster is 5 minutes from the M5, 20 minutes from the city centre and on a regular bus route.
If you require any additional information or requirements, such as wheelchair access to sites for sessions, for example, please do ask. Some particular requests will very much depend on the venue and availability, but are usually not a problem to sort out as long as enough notice is given in order to put things into place.