Are you feeling lonely, anxious, misunderstood, confused, sad or angry? Are you experiencing problems in your relationships, repeating unhealthy patterns of behaviour or simply feel that something isn’t right? Maybe you know what the issues are but just don't know how to change them. Counselling can help you with all of these problems and many more issues too.
Thank you for visiting my website. I'm Louise and I work as a Counsellor in Bournemouth, and within easy access to Poole & Christchurch in Dorset.
COVID-19 update! Government guidelines for self-isolating and social distancing are no longer in place as of 24th February 2022, but I am continuing to try and meet my client's needs by offering bother face to face and online sessions, via Zoom, until further notice.
Counselling can support anyone who is experiencing emotional difficulties or psychological turmoil. It may be that your usual ways of coping with stressful or difficult situations are not working and you would like to seek alternative, more effective ways of behaving or responding. You might already know what is wrong in your life or simply feel that something isn't right. As your Counsellor I will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to your life experiences and together, we can evaluate and make sense of them so you can process them all in a safe and confidential environment.
As your Counsellor, our therapeutic relationship will be built on empathy, trust and respect. It is by offering these conditions that counselling can create a space for you to feel safe and comfortable enough to express your deepest thoughts and feelings and not be or feel judged; a feeling that some people have never experienced before in their life. Through self-expression and exploration you and I, as your Counsellor, can work through some of the issues that have caused you difficulties and suffering in the past and you can begin to live a more harmonious and balanced life in the present and future. The counselling relationship and process is unique, and as your Counsellor I aim to make it as insightful and empowering for you as possible.
Some of the issues counselling can help you with are:
Loss, grief and bereavement
Attachment issues and disorders
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Anxiety and OCD
Eating disorders & weight loss
Counselling can help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are related to your life experiences. It is when these thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour cause distress, become self-defeating or we struggle to make sense of them or unravel them when an individual may benefit from counselling.
Counselling provides a safe and confidential environment to share your inner most thoughts, feelings and unhelpful behaviours. It gives you time to reflect on what is happening in your thoughts and feelings related to your life experiences, develop a greater awareness and understanding of yourself, your relationships and how you respond to others and to consider alternative, more effective and rational ways of doing things.
The counselling relationship is built on empathy, trust and respect. It is by offering these conditions that I, as your Counsellor, create a space for you to feel comfortable enough to express your deepest thoughts and feelings and not be or feel judged; a feeling that many people have never experienced before in their life. Through self-expression and exploration you can work through some of the issues that have caused difficulties and suffering in the past and you can begin to live a more harmonious and balanced life in the present and future.
298 Malmesbury Park Road
Sessions cost £50 and last 50 minutes
Counselling sessions are held once a week at the same time and on the same day
I offer short and long term therapy depending on the needs of the client and the complexity of problems
I do not work with couples or under 18's
“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person. "
I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor and have been in private practice for over 10 years now. Integrative counselling means that I am trained in the 3 main therapeutic approaches of humanistic, psychodynamic and behavioural. I prefer to work with my clients this way, rather than using a specific theory, because no two people are the same and therefore what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. With my knowledge & experience I can adapt my therapeutic approach to suit my client's needs; enabling change in the most beneficial way possible. I am passionate about my work and regularly partake in continual professional development.
I have worked as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, helping clients through the various stages of addiction from reducing, pre and post detox, abstinence and maintenance. I support my clients to work through the underlying issues surrounding their addiction, which is crucial in order to understand and change behaviour and manage a life free from addiction.
I have also worked as a volunteer Counsellor at One in Four, which offers support to adult survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. I aim to empower my clients to work through and beyond their past experiences in order to live a more harmonious life in the present and future.
As well as the above, I worked at Dorset SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) as a Crisis Support Worker for four years. My role was to look after the clients who came in to the centre to report a rape or sexual assault, support them through their forensic medical examination & make onward referrals to various supporting agencies.
Additionally, I have a Diploma in Weight Management and ran two different weight loss businesses for over ten years. I supported my clients to lose weight through meal replacement products and psychological support. Working collaboratively I helped my clients to understand their behaviour and relationship with food by unravelling the psychological reasons why they eat when they are not hungry in the first place. I facilitated processing these issues, which enabled my clients to deal with their emotions more effectively, think more rationally around food, and therefore able to manage their weight more successfully too.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy), have full professional and indemnity insurance and an up to date CRB certificate.
"I just wanted to say thank you for the help you've given me over the past couple of months, I found it really helpful and as I always said being able to air things in a safe environment has given me the confidence to apply things in my day to day life."
"So much more makes sense to me now than it ever did before - why I think a certain way and how it relates to past times in my life that I never thought could possibly be relevant. Working with Louise since my first round of sessions in 2018 and again in 2022 has been the most rewarding of experiences. I've learnt so much about myself in these last few years and have been able to make long overdue positive changes. Highly recommend. Thank you Louise!
Mr C, Bournemouth
"A professional, experienced and highly respected Counsellor. Thank you Louise for your continued support and therapeutic guidance over the years."
"Thank you Louise for your wonderful help over the past few months. You've been a fantastic listening ear, helped me overcome some difficult issues that I'm pleased to say are now behind me and have been a great support, helping me change my perspective and view things a little differently than before."
"Before I started my sessions with Louise I didn't have a very high opinion of myself or confidence in who I am. I assumed everything that happened within my family was my fault. Through listening to Louise's logical explanations and discussing things freely I now like myself, have more confidence and I am happy."
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