Louise Gungaram - The Outdoor Counsellor, pictured smiling in Blidworth Woods
Louise Gungaram, Integrative Psychotherapist, BSc, PGCert, PGDip, MBACP

Prior to completing my counselling training, my previous career was as a Geography teacher. I volunteered as a Childline counsellor for 6 years and seeing the increasing mental health issues within schools as well as supporting a close friend struggling with anxiety and depression inspired me to train as a psychotherapeutic counsellor.

My training was integrative, meaning I have been trained in different modalities. Therefore I can offer different techniques and interventions to suit you. I work in a pluralistic way and believe that different things can help different people. Consequently, I will tailor my approach and methods to suit your situation and goals. I offer all clients a safe space to talk about whatever you need to without judgement and strongly believe in working collaboratively. You are the expert on your life. My role is to help you to make sense of your thoughts, feelings, experiences and the choices available to you.

I have always been passionate about connecting people to nature and find spending time in nature beneficial for my own wellbeing. I believe in using the natural world as a therapeutic partner to aid healing. How much I incorporate nature will be based on your comfort level and relationship with nature. I can also offer creative approaches using objects and drawing which may be helpful when it is difficult to find words to express your thoughts and feelings.

As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their ethical framework which can be found here: 


Training and background

My qualifications include a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interpersonal Skills and Counselling from Leeds Beckett University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Staffordshire University. I have studied person-centred, attachment, CBT, psychodynamic and systemic approaches to therapy. I have a particular interest in compassion-focused therapies and using creative techniques.

My first degree is in Geography. Having led many outdoor trips in my teaching career, I am very experienced in conducting risk assessments. I am also a qualified first aider. I regularly undertake CPD (continuous professional development) to further my skills and keep my knowledge up to date. In addition, I read widely about different counselling approaches and have regular supervision.