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Louise Springall - Child and Adult Counsellor




At some point in our lives we can be confronted with difficult times, like a loss, bereavement, depression or a childhood issue, or we may just need to talk to someone.  Talking to a counsellor can help you cope with a difficulty and gives insight to help you make a positive change.




What Is Counselling?

The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way... Counselling may be concerned with developmental issues, coping with crisis, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.  The counsellor's role is to facilitate working in ways that respect values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.

Code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors, BACP

About Louise Springall
I am an experienced Counsellor working on general cases like Depression, Childhood Centred Issues as well as my specialised area of Loss and Bereavement. 

My work has taken me into surgeries, homes and schools/colleges in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

It was after having children that I decided to follow my heart and retrain as a Counsellor, so privately I gained my qualifications. As well as my Counselling Qualifications I am Cruse trained and I also attend professional courses as part of my Continual Professional Development.

Whilst studying and training I had to have counselling.  Although at times the journey was difficult I was able to turn my life around and use my past to help others.  Because of that I can come alongside clients who are experiencing times of Loss, Bereavement, Depression, Childhood Centred Issues and Eating Disorders.

I am a very good listener and communicator.  I demonstrate empathy, acceptance, sincerity and can adapt my work to fit the needs of clients.  I am very passionate about my work and create a safe, non-judgemental environment in which I can support clients to express their feelings and thoughts.   I have high standards for what I deliver in sessions. 

Counselling Areas

Bereavement - Bereavement is the period of mourning and grief when someone loses a family member or close friend.  Bereavement can affect people in different ways, some experience intense anguish, while others may not show their grief.

There are a number of stages that the bereaved may go through, these may include disbelief, anger, pain and guilt. However, symptoms may vary according to the circumstances of the loss, such as the age of the person who has died and the manner of their death (expected, accidental, sudden, murder or suicide).

Having counselling will help people to work through their grief, providing a chance to explore feelings and acknowledge loss.

Depression - Depression can cause persistent unhappiness and distress. Sufferers may experience negative feelings such as hopelessness, loss of confidence or feelings of guilt. Depression may also manifest itself in other ways, like avoidance or loss of motivation for work or school. In some cases they might experience suicidal tendencies.

Depression can be triggered by upsetting experiences like
bereavement, relationship breakdown or unemployment. It can affect anyone, although certain people are more susceptible than others.  Depression counselling can help people to work through their problems, however it is advised to speak to your GP also.

Eating Disorders - Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits which involve insufficient or excessive eating. If not treated, eating disorders can have serious effects on an individual's health.

Common eating disorders include Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Both are triggered by an intense desire to lose weight. As well as dieting sufferers can be obsessive with exercise.  Main causes can include, social pressures about "being thin" or psychological issues like depression, low self-esteem or control.  Having counselling will help explore the reasons behind the eating disorder and provide support in overcoming the problem.  It is advised to contact your GP as well.

Childhood Issues - Childhood Issues in adulthood are the result of a trauma or a memory that has occurred during childhood that impacts on the individual's life. 

During our life we recorded, store and recall, thoughts, emotions, images and behavioural impulses...memories.  Memories are an integral part of how people see themselves and the world around them.  People may experience difficulties like, establishing stable relationships, trust or control.  Talking with a counsellor around these issues will give insight and a way forward.

To make an appointment please contact Louise on: 07490 140427