Emotions flood our bodies at the click of a button.
The truth shatters into a million little pieces.
It’s getting harder to catch a breath.
With each twist and turn, it feels like the world is making us mad.
But we are stronger than we realise.
We can breathe in deep.
We can can hold our ground…
We can find our light in the darkness.
Hi, I’m Louis
My name is Louis with a silent ‘s’ although some of my dearest friends persist in calling me Louissss.
I work with children, and the child inside us all, the one that wants to be loved, the one that wants to cry, the one that knows what it wants, the one that really does dance like no-one’s watching, the one that spends timeless hours looking at bugs under a piece of bark, the one that keeps getting back up no matter how many times they fall down.
I help people find a light in the darkness, especially in grief, in the shadow, in the things that are unseen, unheard, unspoken. I see death as our greatest teacher, and avoidance of it our biggest mistake. I made an audio course all about death and life here: it will help you become more fully alive in your everyday existence. I run Magic Power of Grief circles at festivals, and in other spaces and places.
I believe the body is deeply intelligent, and our ‘symptoms’ are just fragments of our soul seeking wholeness. D.H. Lawrence said once: “My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true.”
I love using design, collaboration and creativity to solve big, meaningful problems. One way I do this is by helping to run a charity – Apart of Me – that helps kids transform their grief into compassion. We also have two side projects which are focused on helping younger children grow into emotionally empowered leaders: Earthlings and Bounce Works.
Making a home for experience in words is my favourite spiritual craft. You can check out some of my writing here. I’m currently writing a book about How The World Is Making Our Children Mad And What To Do About It. I helped my wife to create this beautiful book on sacred rituals for everyday life.
“An innovative psychotherapist and social entrepreneur who other psychotherapists trust. I know of no one better qualified to know what young people are facing today.”
– Phillipa Perry
“Louis is a forcefield of Compassion and Truth. Prepare to have your heart and mind blasted wide open.”
– Jamie Catto
“Louis is a joy to work with and I can’t recommend him highly enough.”
– Andy Puddicombe
“A pioneer in the field of child mental health, Louis is delivering a message of hope for the future without shying away from the very real existential challenges of today.”