Dr Louise McDonnell
Working days/evenings – Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist a member of the British Psychological Society and Health & Care Professionals Council. When I started in this career, my original counselling training was Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist (CBT). As a result, CBT continues to inform some of my work, alongside several other theoretical approaches. My special interest is in trauma and I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and children. EMDR is a highly specialised way of working with trauma and complex trauma. In addition to my academic and clinical training, I have gained extensive experience working with Neurodiversity.
It is over 15 years since I began this journey. As a result I’ve worked in many settings; alternative education & mainstream primary and secondary schools, prison, GP surgeries, Durham university and a number of work place counselling services.
My work involves a collaboration with you to find the root cause of problems. I am interested in how we grow, learn and develop. What makes us resilient, and what causes us conflict.
Before retraining as a counselling psychologist I worked in industry for a decade. I lived in Sweden and then London for many years before returning to the north east.
After almost two decades I still love coming to work. I enjoy engaging in ongoing training so I can offer the most up to date, and informed, service I can.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
At least 40 hours of ongoing training each year.
2019 – Level 1 EMDR Europe Child Accredited Core Training
2015 – 2018 Taught Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Teesside University.
2016 – EMDR levels 1, 2 & 3
2012 – 2013 Masters in Psychology, Sunderland University.
2010 – 2011 BA (Hons) Counselling, Sunderland University.
2008 – 2009 Foundation Degree Counselling (Specialising in CBT), Sunderland University, 2:1.
2006 – 2007 Levels 2 & 3 Counselling, Sunderland University.
I have an extensive and ongoing portfolio of CPD, current enhanced DBS, professional indemnity insurance and undertake my own personal therapy.
British Psychological Society (No. 350066) associate member.
Health and Care Professionals Council (membership number PYL36742).