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 you are stronger than you realise.
You can breathe deep.
You can can hold your ground…
You can find your 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. For over 20 years, I have guided children and grown-ups through some of the toughest challenges life can throw at us – loss, trauma, divorce, burnout and breakdowns. And I’ve worked with people from all walks of life, from the most privileged to the most disadvantaged. When you strip back the veil, we are all simply confused, vulnerable and luminescent human beings, trying to find our way home.
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. Rumi once said “What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe”.
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 loss and trauma into compassion.
Making a home for experience in words is my favourite spiritual craft. You can check out some of my writing here. I wrote a book called 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.
How the World is Making Our Children Mad and What to Do About It
Your guide to raising children in a turbulent world
‘In this book, rich in edifying insight and illuminating case examples, Louis Weinstock confronts us with uncomfortable truths—the better to guide towards creating a world that is comfortable for our children and supports their healthy development.’
– Gabor Maté
This book is a guide for anyone who is concerned about the state of the world and the impact it is having on our children’s minds. Over 20 years, I have guided children and grown-ups through the toughest challenges life can throw at us, and in these pages I share the simple, and effective techniques I have discovered. These techniques will help you (and the children you care about) shift from victimhood to empowerment, from chaos to peace, and from hoplessness to hope. I designed this book as a safe space, a refuge from the maddening effects of this world. You will find here a necessary reminder that you are not mad, bad, or broken – it is the world that is mad, whilst you and your children are full of such strength, wisdom and beauty. Together, we can guide our children towards a more beautiful tomorrow.
“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.”
– David Lammy MP
“Everyone working with young people or who has children needs to read this. ”
– saxilby coe primary school, amazon review
“The most important book of our generation.”