Louise Socratous believes that therapy truly takes place when you are sitting alongside another human being that you feel you can trust. It’s not easy opening your soul to another person, and allowing yourself and that other person to really see who you are. This trust is held with the highest regard and is nurtured with care and warmth. Louise works from a Person-Centred model but knows that everyone is different and will work integratively, drawing upon knowledge of other theoretical models to fit in with what you need. These can include existential therapy, psychodynamic counselling, Gestalt, CBT and mindfulness.
Louise began training as a holistic therapist in 2010, studying energy healing, crystal healing and two different types of Reiki healing. She has always believed that human beings as a whole exist in three parts, the mind, body and spirit.
When we experience traumatic or upsetting times in our lives this can upset the equilibrium. As a result of this, we experience somatic symptoms in our body resulting from unprocessed emotional issues. We can consciously and unconsciously look for ways to cope, to stop ourselves feeling pain, we might develop an addiction or act or behave differently, become withdrawn and isolated, shutting people out.
Louise believes that therapy and healing can begin when we can start to ask ourselves questions and question our existence breaking down the barriers, learning to be open to new experience and emotions. Opening the door to our true authentic selves.
Louise is a fully qualified counsellor, having completed a Foundation Degree with Middlesex University and a Diploma accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a registered member of the BACP. Louise has worked with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups. She has experience of working with people who have suffered abuse, trauma, bereavement and loss, spirituality/existential issues, relational problems, drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and personality disorders.