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Louise Smith

I qualified with a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling in 2018. Training in Person-Centred and Psychodynamic therapy, I believe that our childhood experiences shape our sense of ourselves and our view of others. Adverse life events such as trauma and loss can also affect self-esteem, the quality of our relationships and resilience. Many of us experience times when we feel stuck or overwhelmed.

Supportive relationships and experiences can improve how we feel about ourselves and others, our potential for growth and our quality of life. It is my hope that by listening and responding to you with patience, kindness and understanding, I can help you explore your thoughts and feelings. In this way, together, we can try to understand what is concerning you and I can support you to make the changes you desire. I draw on my experience of meditation to support self-awareness and to be present with and attentive to my clients.

I wasn’t always a therapist but I have always been drawn to understanding people by listening to their stories. I previously worked as a documentary maker. Recently I promoted patient voices within NHS mental health services and gave volunteer support and companionship to people experiencing serious mental illness. Through this I learnt a lot about respect, courage and hope.

I understand that it might feel daunting to begin therapy because I myself have experienced long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I am a member of the BACP and follow their ethical guidelines

I work at Spiral on Fridays.

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