Welcome to Louisa Woodford Counselling

Breathing space to be heard and understood

My name is Louisa Woodford and I am a counsellor providing both short- and long-term counselling in Aylesbury and the surrounding areas.

Counselling in a safe, calm and private setting

We all experience life's challenges in different ways and I am interested in valuing and supporting you in your experience of those challenges.

Whether anxiety, depression, a challenging life event, relationship or job, or a sense of ongoing unease that feels hard to pin-point, I can offer a warm and friendly confidential space in which we can talk through your issues at your pace. Together, we can explore how you are feeling and what it means for you.

Rather than advise, I will listen to you and gently support you to find fresh perspectives that feel right for you.

As an integrative therapist I’m really interested in using my intuition to listen to what you need and employing different counselling approaches to work in a way that best suits you. I enjoy working collaboratively with you to find out what feels right for you and to gently build trust in each other. I support you, the whole person, taking into account all parts of you and your experience to help you to feel truly seen and heard.

I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds experiencing a range of mental health challenges and life experiences.

I am a fully-qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, abiding by their code of ethics.

Speak in Confidence

Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.

A problem shared...

Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.

Make healthy changes

Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make healthy changes moving forward.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:


Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anger management

Issues relating to sexuality

Difficulties at work or in retirement

Problems with family or school life

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress


Therapy room

My location

I offer in-person sessions from my private, comfortable therapy room in Aston Clinton, seeing clients from Aylesbury, Tring, Wendover and the surrounding areas.

In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer counselling sessions online. Please contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.

Fees & availability

Counselling sessions for individuals last 60 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £60 per session. Counselling sessions for couples last 60 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £75 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students; contact me to enquire about availability.

I offer a free 30 minute initial 'getting to know each other' session to find out if it feels like we can work together in a way beneficial to you.

Full fees are due for sessions cancelled or sessions unattended unless otherwise agreed at the beginning of therapy. I accept payment by bank transfer.

Frequently asked questions

How long will I need to have counselling?

There’s no fixed or ideal length of time for the counselling process; it varies from person to person and will often depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. I work on an open-ended basis with clients, reviewing where we are at at regular points in the process. You are able to decide how long your therapy will last, and in return my aim is to make sure therapy continues for only as long as it is of benefit to you.

This depends on what your needs are. Some people find that after only a very few sessions they have some clarity and focus and are ready to end the therapy. Other people value the ongoing support and relationship with me and will continue to come for weeks, months, or even years. There is no 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to therapy.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

My aim is to offer you a first appointment, known as an assessment session within 1-2 weeks of receiving your enquiry and/or our initial consultation. However, waiting times will vary according to pressure on my resources, your own availability and the service you seek.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the main ways in which therapy differs from many other forms of helping - for example, talking to friends or family can rarely offer the same degree of confidentiality as talking to a counsellor. Because of this confidentiality, you will find that - as you get used to coming for therapy - you are freer to talk about whatever you wish to.

There are some situations where the law requires disclosure of risk (e.g. certain child protection issues) and in common with most other therapists, there are some situations where I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. In particular, if someone tells me that they are thinking of harming themselves in a way that I believe puts them at serious risk, or if someone tells me that they are doing something that could put others at risk, I may not be able to keep such information confidential. However, breaking confidentiality is rare, and only happens after endeavouring to talk to the person concerned.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

When you come for counselling it's important that you feel free to talk about whatever is important to you. Sometimes, you may not be clear what those issues are. Having a friend or family member with you is not usually helpful because they may have their own agenda for you. Even if this is just that they want to be supportive, or want you to 'get better', this agenda can prevent us opening issues up. When you come for therapy, you may need to explore thoughts or behaviours about which you feel ashamed or embarrassed and you may censor yourself so as not to hurt someone, or you may find that what they want you to talk about is not really what you need to discuss.

Sometimes, family/friends can even be part of an underlying issue which needs to be aired and discussed. Usually, people who ask this question are nervous about coming for a session alone, or they are anxious for the person who is thinking about arranging sessions. This anxiety is quite normal, and you will not be forced to talk about anything you feel uncomfortable about - but you do need to be able to talk about whatever is important. For this reason, I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 078 9665 4115 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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