Louise brings to Beacon House passion, knowledge, playfulness, and experience from the range of settings including the NHS, schools, Social Care, the charity sector, and creative arts venues. She is committed to offering support and specialist therapy to people of all ages who have experienced interpersonal trauma, with a particular interest in working with children, teenagers, and their families.

Louise had an interesting and diverse journey into becoming a therapist. Prior to training as a Dramatherapist, her background was in acting and arts education, where she learnt the power of facilitating group work, engaging with a range of different people from all walks of life, aiming to create safe spaces where people might process, learn, explore, play, and connect. She is passionate about how community, connection and creativity can offer opportunities for healing, and this is something she brings to her work at Beacon House – both in the therapy room and in the office with her colleagues, encouraging time for silliness and play!

Being part of a diverse team of likeminded, inspiring professionals is something Louise deeply values and the great thing about this job is that the learning never ends. As she continues to grow, she aims to share trauma informed approaches and education in ways that are accessible to everyone, drawing on a range of modalities to best fit the families she is working with: this might involve traditional talking therapy, or indirect therapeutic approaches using a range of creative techniques to explore themes and difficulties. Working in this way can allow for some distance between the individual and the pain they are struggling with, which can be useful when working with material that is sensitive and overwhelming.

Louise works from a position of unconditional positive regard and uses the creative process to empower the healthy, whole part of self, which she believes is in everyone. She understands the depth of courage it takes to step into the therapy space, and she welcomes all parts of you along for the journey.

Louise is registered with HCPC as a Dramatherapist – her membership number is AS16809.

  • Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 – The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton
    September 2022
  • MA Dramatherapy – University of Roehampton
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – Martine Moorby, EFT international – Level 2
  • The Power of the Senses
    Beacon House, 6 hours, 10th April 2024
  • Dramatherapy with Couples
    BADth/Merry Ross, 1.5 hours, 10th April 2024
  • Clowning Level 1 – ‘The courage to be’
    Nose to Nose, 5 days, 19th – 24th March 2024
  • EMDR Part 2
    Richman EMDR Training, 7 hours, 8th November 2023
  • EMDR Part 1
    Richman EMDR Training, 19th – 21st July 2023
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
    Roshmi Lovatt, 28th January 2023
  • Using Polyvagal Theory to Help Children and Young People Overcome Panic and Anxiety
    Child Mental Health centre – 1.5 hours, 1st December 2022
  • Working with Children and Young People who Self-Harm with Reference to eating disorders
    Child Mental Health Centre – 1.5 hours, 20th October 2022
  • BADth Conference
    15 hours, September 2022
  • Addressing trauma-based shame in children and young people who hate themselves
    Child Mental Health Centre – Margot Sunderland, 1.5 hours, 21st July 2022
  • The use of Clay in therapeutic work with families and individuals
    Child Mental Health Centre – Lynne Souter-Anderson, 1.5 hours, 11th July 2022
  • Contextual safeguarding for vulnerable children and adults
    Amanda Radley, 3 hours, 11th May 2022
  • Working with trauma: An introduction to EMDR and how it can combine with arts therapy practices
    BADth/Social Arts Therapy, 5 hours, March 2022
  • CBT for OCD in children and young people
    South West CYP IAPT, 5 hours, January 2022
  • CBT for ASC in children and young people
    South West CYP IAPT, 6 hours, January 2022
  • Working 1:1 with parents
    Family Links, 12 hours, September 2021
  • Helping children and young people talk about their feelings
    Hinton House –  Margot Sunderland, 2 hours, May 2021
  • Working with gender and sexuality
    OCR Bristol, 5 hours, April 2021
  • Using masks in therapy
    NDP – Sue Jennings, 10 hours, March 2021
  • Intercultural good practice
    BADth, 12 hours, November 2019
  • Approach to group therapy with difficult to reach clients
    Roehampton University, 5 hours, September 2019
  • Working with survivors of sexual abuse
    Roehampton University – Christiane Sanderson, 3 hours, September 2019
  • Story Massage
    Story Massage, 12 hours, November 2017
  • Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT) – Emotional first aid for trauma
    Peaceful Heart Network, 5 hours, September 2017