My Counselling Room
Hello, I'm Louise
I trained as a counsellor/therapist because I wanted to offer support to others who were experiencing problems in their lives, as I've also experienced.
My childhood was dominated by the mental health difficulties of both my parents, so I've personal experience of the damaging effects this can have on a child's psychological well-being and self-esteem, which is often carried on into adulthood. It was only through undertaking my own therapy that I've finally begun to heal.
I've lost several members of my immediate family. My experience of bereavement, both personally and professionally, is that the emotions experienced at this time are often very complicated. As well as feelings of grief, sadness, devastation, there may also be feelings of shock, anger, guilt, relief, confusion, fear, depression, feelings of helplessness and loss of control. You may struggle to sleep or not want to get up in the morning.
Whilst all these emotions are a part of the grieving process, they may feel overwhelming and confusing. Family and friends may try to support you, but often they are grieving too, and you might not want to worry or burden them.
This is when it can really help to have the support of a professional, who provides you with an emotionally safe place to talk through these feelings.
For me, it was the support of a bereavement counsellor that got my through my darkest days. I could express feelings during counselling that I could not talk about with friends and family. Being listened to and supported in this way really helped me get through the worst of it. I now try to offer the same to my clients.
I am passionate about the difference counselling can make to peoples lives, and I'm committed to working in a flexible way with my clients to help them live better, more accepting, and more fulfilling lives.
Louise Bol (B.A.Hons), Dip.Therapeutic Counselling, Dip. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills & Theory, MBACP
I am a fully trained, experienced, Person-Centred Counsellor.
I have a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT.
I'm experienced in working with clients who are suffering bereavement and loss.
I'm experienced in working with clients using CBT to deal with range of issues such as anxiety, depression, etc.
Currently, alongside my private counselling practice;-
- I work one day a week as a Bereavement Counsellor for Liverpool Bereavement Service, where I use my experience in the field of bereavement counselling, and equally importantly, my empathy and compassion, to help clients try to find a way forward after losing their loved one.
- I have also offered CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for clients attending the Philippi Trust, Southport, working alongside clients to help them deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low-self esteem, anger management, social anxiety, addiction, Trauma-PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc.
Additional Training and CPD
I see ongoing training and continuing professional development (CPD)as an essential aspect of my role as a therapist, helping me to update and increase my knowledge and so improve my understanding of issues my clients may bring.
In the last two years I've undertaken training in;
- Gender Identity
- Couples Counselling
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Safeguarding Children
- Suicide Awareness
- Transactional Analysis (T.A)
- Mindfulness Relating
- Dissociation & Trauma
- I am a Registered BACP therapist (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
- I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Baring Service) Certificate.
- I'm fully conversant with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation 2018) and comply with all aspects of this to ensure my clients data is processed in line with this. If you wish to see a copy of my Data Protection Statement, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org