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Louise Watson
Registered Counselling Psychologist in Woosehill

Consulting Rooms (by appointment)

Fernlea Drive
Woosehill
Wokingham

Berkshire
RG41 3DR

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes

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Professional Titles

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist

Summary

Counselling and Psychology in Woosehill, Wokingham

  • Individual £100 - 50 minutes
Payment Methods Accepted: Bank Transfer, Cash, Cheque
Languages: English

Issues Covered

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Bereavement
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress
  • Substance Dependence


Therapies

  • Counselling
  • Psychology
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Integrative Therapy


Private Health Insurance Registrations

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • CIGNA
  • Groupama Healthcare
  • PruHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA



Gender

Female

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8 Years Post-Chartership Experience

Hi. I'm Louise. I'm a registered and chartered counselling psychologist - I assist individuals with their mental health. I have private, public and voluntary sector experience as a counselling psychologist. My focus includes self esteem, as well as the particular challenges encountered by men.

What to Expect

An introductory assessment appointment helps you to see if you are comfortable with me, share what worries you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and determine if therapy could help you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange an initial assessment appointment in Woosehill, Wokingham, Oakley Green, Windsor or Wokingham.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy focuses on your reactions to your emotions. It encourages your acceptance of your physical sensations. Acceptance and commitment therapy aims to help you dedicate yourself to positive change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy concentrates on how your thoughts affect your emotions and actions. It identifies and challenges negative thoughts which perpetuate the issues you experience. The aim of cognitive behavioural therapy is for you to experience healthier thoughts and emotions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) suggests CBT for alcohol dependence, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), bipolar disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), bulimia nervosa, depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self harm and substance dependence.

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and supporting you. You decide which issue regarding your childhood and/or adult life you discuss. The aim of counselling is to help you to talk about a difficulty and find a solution that is right for you.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR directs your eye movements to stimulate how your mind processes information. The technique endeavours to reprocess your frozen traumatic memories. The aim of EMDR is to desensitise your upsetting memories.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates eye movement desensitisation reprocessing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy combines therapeutic approaches to suit your needs and the problems you experience. It explores your personal experiences and options. The aim of integrative therapy is to help you develop your self-awareness.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the unconscious causes of the issues you experience. It facilitates you in becoming aware of aspects of your inner dynamics. Psychodynamic therapy seeks to increase your self-understanding to give you choices.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates psychodynamic therapy for depression, self harm and substance dependence.

Psychology

Psychology is interested in you and your thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It offers you psychological treatments and mental health support. An objective of psychological therapy is to help you ease symptoms.

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

Solution focused therapy focuses on discovering answers to the problems you encounter. It explores what helps you, and which steps you could take to implement change. The intention of SFT is to help you recognise and use your personal strengths.

Thoughts on Mental Health

A common cause of PTSD in everyday life is road traffic accidents. The accident does not need to involve fatalities or even physical injuries, but if you believe at any time during the accident that you might die or come to serious harm, that may be enough to trigger a post-traumatic reaction. Your anxiety levels may be raised after the accident; you may feel permanently jumpy, watchful and on "red alert".
Read More: Understanding life events that may cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Agoraphobia can often be triggered by experiencing an embarrassing event, such as a panic attack or vomiting in public, which then sets up a fear that this may happen again, and that you will be judged negatively for it. You then may begin to avoid being in public places such as shops, cinemas or public transport. This reinforces the belief that something awful would happen if you entered these spaces, denies you the opportunity to confront and test out your fears, and keeps the anxiety going. You may also engage in the use of what are known as 'safety behaviours', such as always needing to be near an exit (for ease of escape should you start to feel anxious, sick, etc.), or 'safety props', such as always carrying around a bottle of water.
Read More: Phobias: Common causes of agoraphobia
One cause of anxiety is uncertainty. It's normal to want to know what is going to happen in the future as it can give a sense of control and mastery over life. Unfortunately, because no one can see into the future, life will always have an element of uncertainty - whether that's to do with a relationship, a job or a house move. If you cannot tolerate a reasonable level of uncertainty then you may attempt to remove it by over-thinking and worrying, trying to fill in the gaps by guessing what might happen, and planning how you would cope with it. This may lead you to devoting lots of time and attention to unrealistically catastrophic scenarios, which only increases your anxiety and uncertainty.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of anxiety
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you deal with phobias by teaching you coping techniques to help manage your anxiety symptoms, and then supporting you to gradually expose yourself to the feared object or situation, whilst using the new techniques to manage your anxiety. In this way, you can stay in the presence of the trigger long enough to wait for your anxiety to subside. A process called desensitisation may then take place, which is where your brain stops reacting with fear to something that has repeatedly proved to be non-threatening. You can then unlearn the belief that the object or situation is dangerous and can stop avoiding it.
Read More: From pogonophobia to selenophobia: Ten unusual phobias you might not have heard of
Many people enjoy a glass of wine to help them relax after a hard day at the office. But if you are finding that this is becoming an everyday occurrence - or it is nearer to a bottle of wine than a glass - you may be becoming dependent on alcohol. You may be being asked to take on more responsibilities or work extra hours without the correct training or any increase in pay. This may lead to you arriving home exhausted, frustrated and resentful, and feeling that you need a drink to wind down. Unfortunately, if alcohol is your only strategy for coping with your feelings, you may find that the relaxing effects of one drink are no longer enough to blot out the day's events, or distract you from worrying about tomorrow. You may then find yourself drinking more and more to get back to feeling normal. Unfortunately, then the effects of the alcohol may begin to cause you more stress. You may be late for work, or make mistakes due to feeling tired or hungover, or your increasing alcohol consumption may begin to cause problems in your relationships at home and at work.
Read More: Sober for October? Therapists look at causes of alcohol dependence
Having a baby is a common trigger of OCD, affecting an estimated 2-4% of all new mothers. It is normal for women to be focused on the safety of their new baby, and most will want to take reasonable precautions to protect their child from harm. For OCD sufferers these normal concerns are excessive and create a great deal of anxiety. During pregnancy, mothers with OCD may obsess about which foods are safe to eat, develop compulsive rituals such as hand-washing, or seek excessive reassurance from medical professionals that their baby is developing normally. After the birth, obsessions may revolve around the baby having an accident, or suffocating in their cot, causing mothers to continually check on them. They may even worry that they may deliberately harm their baby, which will result in a new mother feeling ashamed that she could even have these thoughts and worried about what they might mean.
Read More: Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Clinical Qualifications

  • BPS Learning Centre Approved Certificate
    Experiential Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Skills Training
    Mindfulness Training Ltd London (UK)
    May 2014
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist since December 2008
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist since December 2008
  • Master of Science
    Counselling Psychology
    Roehampton University (UK)
    March 2007

I abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Woosehill, Wokingham, Winnersh, Barkham, Sindlesham, Arborfield Cross, Aborfield Garrison, Lower Earley, Billingbear, Sandford, Arborfield, Hurst, Binfield, Whistley Green, Finchampstead, Wellington College, Woodley, Shinfield, Farley Hill, Crowthorne

Nearest Train Stations

  • Wokingham (0.6 miles)
  • Winnersh (1.5 miles)
  • Winnersh Triangle (2.2 miles)
  • Earley (3.3 miles)
  • Crowthorne (3.6 miles)
  • Twyford (4.3 miles)
  • Bracknell (4.4 miles)
  • Sandhurst (Berks) (5.1 miles)
  • Martins Heron (5.6 miles)
  • Wargrave (5.9 miles)


Wheelchair access: Yes

Updated 26 July 2016


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