Welcome to my website. Contacting a therapist for the first time can sometimes be daunting and I hope that the details on the site will reassure you. louise king

I am an accredited UKCP qualified psychotherapist and counsellor.

I have had over a decade of experience working in private and voluntary contexts with people experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression and mental health problems.

I offer long or short term counselling and psychotherapy to adults.

I provide you with a safe and confidential space to explore life’s difficulties and challlenges. I offer a non-judgemental, listening ear and a supportive approach.

I believe that there is no shame in saying that you need help with emotional difficulties.

I have found that, through psychotherapy, people become more aware of themselves and their behaviour and can take more control of what happens in their lives.

In the following pages you will see answers to frequently asked questions and also how to contact me.

Most people experience a life crisis at some point. Often, these experiences, and the feelings that come from them, are overwhelming and very isolating.

Friends and family might not always be the best people to talk these things through with, especially if we find our feelings embarrassing.

That‘s when non-judgemental and supportive counselling or psychotherapy can be very helpful.

Psychotherapy and counselling can help you with:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Body image worries
  • Coming to terms with abuse
  • Childhood difficulties
  • Exploring dreams and ambitions
  • Understanding and changing behaviour patterns
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Depression
  • Problems at work
  • Spiritual searching
  • Addiction of all kinds
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Life crises – a lack of direction and hope

I can offer you a supportive, empathic and non-judgemental space. By looking at our unconscious thoughts, dreams and behaviour, we can gradually develop insight and stop repeating the things that hold us back from being all we can be.

For an initial session, please contact me. Any message will be treated in the strictest confidence.

These terms are often used interchangeably.

They do have lots of similarities, and it can be hard to know which is most appropriate for you.

Both are ways of looking at our life and thinking about why we relate to events and people and feel in particular ways. It’s often the case that the ways that we relate are painful and make us unhappy.

To change, however, is difficult and can be frightening. We often need support. Both counselling and psychotherapy provide this space to think about how to make change possible.

Counselling tends to involve a focus on specific issues and crises and is shorter term work, around 12-24 sessions. Often, when people have had counselling, they see its benefits and move on to have psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy is longer-term, focusing on issues that are often harder to access and understand without help. Psychotherapy involves a desire to make more fundamental changes.

I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, with a post-graduate dipolma in psychotherapy and counselling. My academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) from King’s College, London, and a MA from the University of Essex.

I have worked in private business and management for over twenty years. I understand the pressures and stresses that juggling work and home life can bring.

I have also had to overcome life crises of my own and these experiences help me to empathise with other people’s struggles.

Having worked for over a decade in a voluntary capacity with people suffering from depression and mental health problems, I will not judge how you are feeling. I have also worked in Maytree, a respite home for the suicidal and despairing, as well as women’s centres in London and Her Majesty’s Prison in Holloway.

I have had experience working with people ranging from those who have always felt low, but who have not had an official diagnosis through to those who have been diagnosed with bi-polar and personality disorders.

However, you do not have to have mental health issues to enter counselling and psychotherapy. My own experience is that we can all benefit from understanding ourselves better.

Although not a Bhuddist, I practice meditation and mindfulness.

I believe that each of us has the ability to resolve the issues and problems that we face in our lives.

Sometimes, I know from my own experience that it doesn’t feel that way and I see my role as to help you to achieve this.

We all have ways that we deal with tough situations – some are helpful at the time, but, after a while, they hinder us from developing as individuals.

I believe that we can change the ways that we deal with difficulties and then move on to change our lives. I work within a Transpersonal framework, it aims to balance the mind, body and soul, allowing you to live your life consciously and joyfully.

My approach is to use a range of therapeutic methods, flexible to your needs. This range includes:

  • Psychodynamic – looking at how the past impacts on the present
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – issues focused mindfulness, changing thoughts to enable change of feelings
  • Gestalt – working with the body and what is happening in the moment
  • Humanistic / person- centred – expanding on qualities and capabilities you already have
  • Transpersonal – rediscovering soul nature, seeing obstacles and crises as gateways to change and growth

I work using the creative imagination, visualisations and dreams.

Contacting a therapist for the first time can daunting and sometimes it can be hard to do. It takes courage. It can feel like a big step into the unknown.

Here is a guide which will hopefully reassure you in this process.

1. Initial contact

I am the only person who accesses this ‘phone and email address. This means that you can be assured of total confidentiality.

When you first get in touch, please leave the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your contact email / telephone number
  • Any special instructions e.g. convenient times to call, whether it is ok to leave a message when calling etc

I tend to just say I am responding to your enquiry when I leave messages – just in case you don’t want others sharing your number / email address to know you have been in touch.

2. Telephone conversation

This conversation can be brief, and confirm:
  • Appointment time and date
  • Location
  • Fees

It is natural to want to chat briefly and to see if you feel comfortable talking to me.

I operate a sliding scale between £50 and £75 for each 50 minute session. The cost will depend on your personal circumstances, as well as when you have your appointments.

The fee for the initial session is £50 and payable on the day

When we first meet, we will explore what you want to achieve in counselling or psychotherapy. If you’re still not sure which is appropriate, that can be discussed too, as well as any questions you have.

Don’t worry if you are early for your appointment – the centre that I work from has a comfortable reception where you can wait. During this first meeting, a decision can be made whether we can work together. You can then arrange the time and day of your regular weekly session.

My practice is based in North-West London, close to Warwick Avenue and Paddington tube stations.

I may be busy when you contact me, in which case I will return your call or email within a few hours at the most.

No-one else answers these ‘phone or emails, so you can be assured that if you leave your details, they will be entirely confidential.

louise king

Tel: 07432 174 576
Email: louise@louisekingpsychotherapy.com

Counselling and psychotherapy in the UK are regulated by the two following bodies:

I am a member of both the BACP and UKCP.

I have attached below links to two very helpful BACP information sheets:

The following links may help you in thinking about the process involved in therapy and what happens in a therapeutic relationship:

Below are links telling you more about the Transpersonal approach:

“Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves”
Walter Anderson
“Everything that happens to us, properly understood, leads us back to ourselves; it is as though there were some unconscious guidance whose aim is to deliver us from all this and make us dependent on ourselves”
Carl Gustav Jung
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”
Nelson Mandela
“Wherever you are, no matter how loudly, The world offers itself to your imagination”
Wild Geese, Mary Oliver
“It belongs to all men to know themselves and to think well”
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
Anais Nin
“We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are””
“We, each and all of us, contain within us the entire history of the world, and just as our body records man’s genealogy as far back as the fish and then some, so our soul encompasses everything that has ever existed in human souls. All gods and devils that have ever existed are within us as possibilities, as desires, as solutions”
Herman Hesse
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within, is there all the time”
Anna Freud
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”
Andy Warhol