My name is Louise Sharples.
I provide one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy. My counselling room is in Tyldesley, near Manchester
Perhaps you found my page because you have been feeling down, stressed, depressed or anxious.
You might be wondering how counselling could help?
Maybe there has been a significant event in your life that you are finding it difficult to come to terms with.
Stressful life events can affect us in many ways: some of us have difficulty sleeping or struggle to find motivation. We can feel agitated and be short-tempered, struggle to make decisions and begin to doubt ourselves; we can lose trust in our capabilities.
If you would like support to work together to help you through a challenging time in your life, I can help.
I appreciate that finding the right therapist for you can be daunting, I will give you the opportunity to share your feelings without judgement or prejudice, but with compassion and acceptance.
I offer one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy in a quiet and safe environment; a safe space to explore deep feelings can provide a fresh perspective on your circumstances.
For over 25 years I held a position of responsibility in a busy city centre office.
My career was beginning to take its toll on my health and well-being. So in 2012 I made the decision to pursue a more rewarding career better suited to my personality: my own next chapter.
I graduated with Honours in Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Practice from The University of Salford. My foundation is in person-centred therapy.
I have also undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness and can incorporate these approaches if required and with prior agreement with you.
Training, qualifications and experience
BSc Hons Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Mental Health Level 6
Certificate in Counselling Concepts Level 2
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills Level 6
Introduction to Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
Mindfulness and Well-being Level 4
Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills Level 5
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Membership No 377661.
I work according to its code of ethics and standards, including attending regular supervision.
I volunteered with an NHS counselling team from 2016 to 2019.
During this time I supported men, women and young adults.
I have experience dealing with various issues, including:
Abuse - Anxiety - Affairs and betrayal - Bereavement - Bullying - Cancer - Carer support - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E. - Depression - Domestic abuse - Emotional abuse - Family issues - Generalised anxiety disorder - Low self-confidence - Low self-esteem - Miscarriage - Physical abuse - Pregnancy and birth - Redundancy - Relationship - Separation and divorce - Sexual abuse - Sexuality - Stress - Trauma - Work-related stress
Q. What situations can counselling help with?
A. Counselling can help with many of life's obstacles. For example if you're experiencing work or relationship stress, feeling overwhelmed by grief, anxiety or depression, counselling can help.
Q. What can I expect from therapy?
A. I offer a non-directive, person-centred approach.
I consider you to be the expert on you. Often talking through the issues affecting you with a qualified therapist will offer you a new insight into events or feelings and emotions.
I will value you as an individual and respect your views and wishes. I will offer you confidentiality, acceptance and empathy. I will not usually give advice or tell you what to do; my aim will be to stay by your side as you rebuild your trust in yourself.
If you are unsure whether counselling is for you, I offer a 30-minute, no obligation session at a cost of £20.
This initial assessment provides us with an opportunity to establish your requirements. If after this you wish us to work together, we will arrange a second session to establish and agree a therapeutic plan to fit your needs.
Sessions are up to 60 minutes; longer sessions may be available on request. The cost of a 60 -minute session is £40. Longer sessions will cost more, depending on session duration.
Q. How many sessions will I have?
A. Sessions can be either long or short term. People's needs vary. Some people find short-term therapy is suitable; for other clients longer-term therapy is preferred. Details such as this will be agreed together as appropriate.
Q. Where is your practice?
A. Next Chapter Counselling and Psychotherapy is based in Tyldesley, near Manchester.
182 Elliott Street Tyldesley M29 8DS
Inside Best Foot Forward Podiatry clinic
Q. Do you have parking facilities?
A. There are a number of small car parks in Tyldesley town centre all within a short walk of the practice.
Q. Where is the nearest bus stop?
There are several bus services through the town; the nearest stop is on Elliott Street. Tyldesley is also on the guided bus route from Leigh to Manchester, with stops from both directions just a short walk away.
My practice is easily accessible from Astley, Tyldesley , Leigh, Atherton, Mosley Common, Swinton, Boothstown, Manchester, Salford, Walkden, Lowton, Hindley Green, Hindsford and Worsley.
Q. Are the premises suitable for wheelchairs?
Yes; my room is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible.
Q. How much are sessions?
A. Sessions are £40 per hour; discounts may be available in some circumstances. Please discuss this at the time of enquiry/booking.
Q. How do I pay?
A. Payment can be made using debit or credit card, Google or Apple pay, and bank transfer or cash. All payments should be paid at the beginning of each session.
Certain circumstances will call for exceptions to be made, which can be discussed at the time of booking and agreed prior to our session.
Q. What measures are in place regarding Covid-19
After a detailed risk assessment I am looking to return to a limited number of Face to Face sessions in August 2020.
Video sessions will continue for clients who prefer to work this way, and for those clients for whom working remotely is the safer option.
I am constantly observing Government and BACP guidelines, undertaking Risk Assessments to ensure the safety of all clients and myself during this very uncertain time. As the advice changes I will take any necessary steps to ensure clients can attend safely. This means my approach will remain flexible, the safety and well being of all clients is at the centre of all decisions, should the situation change it may be necessary to cancel, amend, or reschedule appointments.