Lorraine Balfe MA MBACP (Accred.) UKRCP Reg.Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Labyrinth Business Centre
43 - 47 Middle Hillgate
COUNSELLING OVER 20 YEARS, SINCE 1996. BACP Registered & Accredited
LIFE...according to John Lennon, it's what happens whilst we're busy making other plans!
You may have been thinking about contacting a counsellor for some time now or you may have been suddenly thrown into a crisis. Relationship issues? Anxiety? Depression? Stress? We all have times when we need someone to talk to, to be understood, to clear our confusion and stop our minds going round and round the issue.
My aim is give you a confidential space - to be listened to and understood. This then forms the basis of a therapeutic relationship where you can talk in confidence about yourself and the problem. When we feel listened to and understood, it encourages us to dig deeper into our experiences and understand ourselves better. It's important that you feel free from judgement in order to explore your feelings in a way that helps you. You may need information or a plan to achieve a desired outcome. I will use all the tools that I have acquired, to work with you towards the life you want.
I have 20 years of experience counselling thousands of people of all ages on all kinds of issues. I began my career with counselling in 1996 with CRUSE, where I worked for six years voluntary. I then acquired work in 2 colleges, counselling and teaching. This was followed by working for Cheadle Royal hospital in GP practices for the NHS for over 8 years.
I have worked for the NHS occupational health, offering brief therapy for over 8 years.
This has given me extensive experience working on all kinds of issues. I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I can use a variety of ways of counselling in order to benefit you.
I am accredited by the BACP, which means that I have been assessed and approved by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I have continued professional training and development. I am also registered with UKRCP and BACP as an independent Counsellor.
So if you need to find a way to feel better or to make sense of some situation, to work towards change or adapting to a situation, counselling can help with all of these requirements.
I also enjoy counselling couples on relationship problems.
A selection of feedback from clients on how did counselling with Lorraine help?
"I must admit scepticism at first but now am convinced that counselling can greatly help."
"Counselling helped me to challenge my way of thinking thus come to terms with my current problem"
"I felt empowered and impelled to have conversations/make decisions I was putting off"
"Listening to me. A person who did not know me who didn't judge me, helped."
"Being able to reflect on situations and understanding my reaction and my coping mechanisms, helped"
"I was sceptic at first but soon relaxed and talked frankly and freely"
"She is very good at listening, encouraging, not critical and gives real examples to help me think positively"
"She treated me as a person rather than a number!! which for the first time relaxed me"
"She helped me to realise that I needed to start to put myself first sometimes, and to get to know my emotions and to let myself feel that it was ok to cry or to show emotions."
"I was allowed to say how I felt. I was helped to put things in order. This enabled me to see through the mist. I was not judged."
"It was empathetic, considerate and at times, provided some great insight and 'Eureka' moments."
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Counselling 2008
Cert in Sexual Minority Therapy 2009
Diploma in Counselling 2000
Diploma in Hypno-psychotherapy 2005
Diploma in Supervision 2002
Cert in CBT skills
Adv. cert in substance misuse
Adv. cert in therapeutic dreamwork
Cert in Counselling
Cert in Couple & Relationship counselling 2017
Mindfulness - 2016
Male victims of domestic abuse - November 2015
Counselling through cancer - July 2015
Can we repair after the affair - November 2014
Counselling with clients who self harm - October 2014
University of Manchester - October 2011 - Psychodynamic Interpersonal therapy skills
I have at least 30 hours a year of continued professional development which involves lots of workshops and mini courses.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Binge-eating disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please feel free to telephone or email to discuss your requirements. Monday - Saturday.
I will answer your enquiry the same day, as I know how important it is
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£45 per 1 hour session
Couple counselling £55 per 1 hour session
I can offer longer sessions depending on your needs.
I work privately in comfortable, pleasant rooms in central Stockport, SK1, close to the train station and bus routes. There is pay and display parking all around the area at 90 pence per hour.
I offer daytime or evening appointments. I also work Saturday as requested.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Saturday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer an integrative approach to supervision.View supervision profile