Louise Hooper Counselling

Dip.Couns, MBACP

How can I help?

Sometimes it can be hard to deal with some of the challenges that happen in life and we can lose a sense of who we are.  Perhaps you are living with a recent or past loss, trauma or relationship difficulties.  I help people work through experiences such as:

  • depression and stress
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • domestic abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • bereavement and other life losses
  • feeling overwhelmed and not knowing why
  • living according to the expectations of others
  • negative thoughts and self judgement
  • self-harm and feelings of suicide
  • menopausal symptoms such as anxiety
  • past or present relationship and family difficulties
  • attachment trauma
  • the experiences of being a Carer

If you would like to meet to discuss working together....

About our work together… 

 
I offer a warm, safe and supportive space where we can explore concerns at your own pace.  I can help you to create some space in your life to value yourself and make sense of your experiences.  Understanding yourself and your experiences can be profound and can help you to live a more self-compassionate and meaningful life, lessening self-judgement and living according according to the expectations of others.  I believe that it is possible to develop new ways of being in the world.

I am empathic, non-judgemental and creative.  My background in music and education means that I have an interest in creativity – if that is appropriate in our work together.  As an integrative therapist, I am able to draw on a range of approaches including Person Centred, Gestalt and Psychodynamic.  I am interested in meditation and mindfulness and like to work with the whole person, which includes the connection between the mind and the body – as trauma, anxiety and stress can manifest itself physically in the body and nervous system.

Would like to know more about me?

 

Loss is not only experienced when someone has died…

 

We all experience loss in our lives and loss is not only experienced when someone has died.  We can be impacted by redundancy or retirement, divorce or loss of a partnership, loss of health, loss of a sense of who we are or a loss of direction in life, loss of space and creativity, a sense of loss when children leave home and many more.  Sharing these losses within a trusting therapeutic relationship can help you to adjust and integrate these experiences, in a way that isn’t always possible with family and friends.

I can help you to be curious and reflective, bringing some understanding to your circumstances, allowing you to make sense of your situation and gain a wider perspective.  A period of difficulty (although painful), can be an opportunity to give yourself the time to discover more about you.  Counselling can develop and support awareness and acceptance of yourself and this can bring transformation and choice in how you interact in your relationships.