How I Work
I believe wholeheartedly in the process of counselling as a means of understanding how your experiences can impact on your present situation, thoughts and feelings. I also believe that having a safe, confidential space in which you can offload and be met with empathy can make an enormous difference to your life especially when things feel overwhelming. I work collaboratively with my clients to increase their self-awareness which empowers them and gives them more choice about how they move forward with their lives.
I am trained as a humanistic integrative counsellor which means that I have knowledge of several counselling approaches including Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This allows me to work with my clients in a way which best suits their individual needs drawing on a range of theory, tools and techniques. Some of the areas of counselling I cover include:
If you are interested in booking an appointment please use the contact form below or contact me via phone or email.
Following this first point of contact I will arrange an initial consultation with you either face to face or via a phone call which will give us an opportunity to discuss your needs and for you to ask me any questions. If, following the initial consultation, you would like to go ahead with attending counselling sessions I will arrange a suitable time with you for weekly sessions. I currently work during school hours on week days.
I believe that counselling can be hugely beneficial and if, following the initial consultation, you feel I am not the right counsellor for you, I would be happy to help you find someone else.
About me / Qualifications
Fully Qualified Counsellor
I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I currently see clients at a counselling agency in the New Forest and in private practice in Wimborne. I also offer phone and online counselling to UK residents. I worked for several years in Advice and Guidance with young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds helping them access training and employment which enabled them to move forwards in their lives. Hearing people’s stories during this time helped me to realise the importance and value of listening well and being empathetic and led me to embark on my counselling journey, training at both West Thames College and Redlands Counselling. I have an arts degree and enjoy working creatively within the counselling room if this is something my client also likes to do and finds helpful.
Certificate in Online And Telephone Counselling
Lvl 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Lvl 4 Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Lvl 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Lvl 2 Certificate in Counselling and Working with Young People
Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance
BA Hons Degree in Modern Drama Studies
"I had counselling with Lou, for about 12 weeks, she was patient, kind, and listened. CBT has given me helpful tools to use since my sessions finished. I would definitely recommend Lou as a Counsellor and wouldn’t hesitate in seeing her again should it be necessary."
Initial Consultation: £10
Counselling Session (50 mins) £40 to be discussed at initial consultation
*I offer a reduced rate to student counsellors seeking individual counselling as part of their training or to clients who are claiming benefits.
I currently work from central Wimborne in Dorset.