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A little glimpse into the life of our Counsellor, Louise Collins during the lockdown

May 04th, 2020

  • My name is…………


Louise Collins


• When did you start working at the WCHC? And what days do you work?


I started with WCHC on 24th April 2018 – coming up for exactly 2 years! I work on Tuesday afternoons.



• What is your chosen therapy?


I am an Integrative counsellor and I specialise in trauma focused therapy and recovery from sexual violence.



• Why/How did you decide upon this therapy?


Alongside WCHC I also work with a fantastic charity, Suffolk Rape Crisis, and through working with them I have developed a real interest in trauma recovery.



• Coronavirus lockdown, are you able to work at the moment? If not, what else have you been up to?


I’ve been very lucky in that my clients have been able to ‘go online’ which is working well, albeit somewhat different to face to face. Some clients have chosen to ‘pause’ ready to resume face to face work when lockdown finishes. I already had an online counselling room set up so it has been great to use it, but I do very much miss face to face working!



• How have you been keeping yourself busy staying at home? Any photos of what you have done?


I have really appreciated the slowness in my life offered by the lockdown and have spent time making soaps and bath bombs which I really enjoy doing, but often feel ‘too busy’ to do. I’ve had times where I’ve slept a lot and then berated myself that I’m not ‘doing enough’; then followed that thought with compassion and allowed myself to get what I need for my mind and body in this strange time. I’ve also had times when I’ve been highly motivated to clear out a certain area in my house, making space for things to come.



• Have you created your own lockdown cocktail yet?  If not, what ingredients would you use?


I haven’t…but if I had it would definitely have a bit of champagne in there (can you do that in cocktails?!) and perhaps some passion fruit!



• What do you miss the most at the moment?


I have to say I am really taking time to appreciate things that I wouldn’t ordinarily notice as much – the beautiful birdsong in the morning being one thing which stands out. But I am missing being able to go swimming which I do to relax, as well as really missing those little snippets of conversations that you get throughout the day, just in passing, and perhaps previously taken for granted by me.



• What is the first thing you will do when the coronavirus conditions are lifted?


I’d like to think I won’t rush back to ‘being too busy’ and also I would like to give my eldest son a huge hug as I miss him so much.



• Any words of wisdom that you would like to give us?


“In the rush to return to normal, let’s use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” ~Dave Hollis



• Go on……….tell us a joke!


I am so bad at remembering jokes but I do have an all time favourite! I appreciate this is very unseasonal but…well..we are in rather strange times so here goes


What did one snowman say to the other?

“Sniff, sniff”, can you smell carrots?



Soaps and bath bombs galore!!


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