MNCS (Accred), MA, B.Soc.Sc, FdSs Counselling
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Hello and welcome to my Counselling Directory page. My name is Louise Taylor and I am based in Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland. I have recently been diagnosed with Autism in my forties and am embracing life as an autistic adult and neurodivergent therapist, consultant and coach. This diagnosis and my subsequent career progression has been life-changing, life-affirming and has brought me immense peace, relief and fulfilment.
In my career (pre-diagnosis) I worked with many neurologically diverse adults and children and have a real affinity with this section of society through my lived experiences and my professional history. These experiences and this knowledge means that I generally only accept referrals for one to one work with people who identify as neurodivergent (eg, ASD, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc). I believe I am best suited to this client group and am best equipped to help them with issues and concerns relating to their conditions.
I believe my honesty, my integrity, my intellect and my passion help my clients to accept their flaws, take responsibility for their actions and create meaningful and successful lives. A life where they are free to be themselves fully and where they take steps to reach their potential. My background is a mixture of several disciplines but my preferred approach would be largely informed by psychoanalysis and psychosynthesis (spiritual psychoanalysis) and be informed by future-focused, trauma-informed and compassion led principles. This is what I have to offer and this way of working is productive and helpful for some people, but will not suit all.
This also means I am selective about clients and will only work with those who I believe will be suited to my style and how I work, which is in an unconventional and largely intuitive style of coaching and therapy. I am neurodivergent and I no longer mask, which means that my approach incorporates my autistic and neurodivergent traits, this authenticity is central to my ethos and I hope that it allows my clients to safely and securely unmask also. I intend to help my clients to be their true selves safely and confidently, as I believe this is how we live our best and most meaningful lives.
I am currently doing a PhD in Nature and Mental Health and enjoy working with people in natural settings and I am a proud advocate of ecotherapy and ecopsychology. I have also been doing a podcast with another counsellor for four years called Therapy Geeks which is promoting an upbeat, casual and informative approach to counselling and therapy. I am currently a blogger for Psychology Today, reflecting on my experiences as a neurodivergent therapist and sharing my views on neurodiversity and most recently women and autism. I am also the co-founder of two organisations promoting ecological health, emotional, mental and spiritual health and promoting the rights and needs of both children and the natural world: the organisations are Eco-Wise and Mind Our Kids. We are currently designing Nature Connection and Neurodiversity focused programmes for children and adults.
Please get in touch if you would like bespoke programmes to be designed for your school, community group or organisation. I work best when collaborating with agencies and designing training, sessions and courses which suit the specific needs of their client group and align with the ethos and guiding principles of their organisation. I am more than happy to answer any questions or queries you have.
Training, qualifications & experience
Currently doing a Research PhD at Queens University on Nature and Mental Health
Foundation Degree in Counselling from the University of Ulster- C.B.T., Psychoanalysis, and Person Centred Therapy.
Certificate in Life Coaching
City and Guilds 7407 Teacher Training Qualification
Master's Degree in Women's Studies and Feminist Research
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology 2i Honours
Cruse Bereavement Training
Spirituality in Counselling Training with Sweet Tracks Counselling
Extensive Domestic Abuse Training (Worked as a Legal Advocate, Refuge Worker, Helpline Worker and Safety Officer)
Probation Service Officer Training (Was a Probation Tutor running programmes in Domestic Violence, Drink Driving and General Offending)
Extensive Youth Work Training (Worked for Prince's Trust as a Team Leader running their youth development programme. Received training in Addictions, Sexual Health, Self Harm and Mental Health).
Mental Health First Aid Training
Heading for Healthy Relationships and Positive Relationships Training (I have been delivering this training on behalf of Women's Aid since 2014 and have been privileged to work in many secondary schools and with hundreds of students. This programme is designed to help young people to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships).
I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed a full, exciting and varied career to date. In the last two decades I have run a women's refuge, a skills centre for an international construction company, worked for the Prince's Trust, the Probation Service and Women's Aid. I have been designing and running workshops for well over a decade and for the past five years I have thoroughly enjoyed being self employed and growing my own business. My employment history and my ability to work with all sections of the community, all ages and all backgrounds is an indication of my ability to connect with people on many levels. This is why I decided to go into counselling, this is why I do the work I do. I love supporting people, I love empowering people and I love helping people to improve their lives, it is what I am good at.
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National Counselling Society (NCS)
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also interested in supporting people with their spirituality and I am interested in using nature for therapeutic purposes. I enjoy supporting children and adults in developing their self expression and creativity. I believe that when we express ourselves and connect with our creativity we can begin to recover from trauma and are more connected to our true selves.
When I work
I try to work around the needs of the client when I can. Contact me with times that suit and I will see if I can cater to them. I like to be flexible as much as possible.
I enjoy writing and have been writing for years. I find writing therapeutic, empowering and enriching. I believe that when we share our voices, our experiences and our stories we can help others to do the same.