Lorraine Cookson BACP (Registered) Counselling Diploma
57 Old Forge Road
01206 738 639 / 07809 385 374
I am a qulaified counsellor offering individual counselling sessions in Colchester, to adults and adolescents (12+).
Often people come to therapy for a specific reason, a life event or some area of difficulty that is troubling them. Or perhaps there is no specific event that you can name but a feeling of being lost or confused, experiencing anxiety or depressIon. Integral Therapy may be able to help. By offering a non-judgemental empathetic space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings, that can often feel overwhelming, clients can find the clarity, solutions, understanding or peace they are looking for.
As an Integral Therapist I work in an holistic way, meaning I look at the whole person (in respect of your thoughts and feelings; your physical health; your relationships; and social connections) in order to assess how best we might achieve your aims. And as an Integral Therapist I have studied many models of therapy (such as person-centred; Gestalt; psycho-dynamic; CBT) and can draw on this range of knowledge to use techniques and exercises that may help you best at that moment.
My assessment and overall approach is usually drawn from person-centred therapy, which means I hold a safe, empathetic space for you to talk and explore your feelings; gently offering questions and observations on what I hear you saying so that you can further investigate and understand yourself.
I generally offer open-ended counselling meaning it is not limited to a certain number of sessions but we can build in 'review' sessions, at intervals that you feel comfortable with, to ensure we are working through any difficulties. My aim is always to empower you to find and implement the understandings and changes (if any) you need at that time.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and as such I follow their code of conduct and adhere to their ethical framework.
I attend regular supervision sessions with a senior practitioner to ensure that my work remains at a high standard.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma of Higher Education in Integral Therapeutic Counselling, studied at Anglia Ruskin University.
I have completed training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Mental Imagery in Counselling.
I have worked in Metal Health care settings since 2004, working in numerous roles and environments, including The Priory Hospital. These experiences have enabled me to work with a variety of people experiencing a range of difficulties and disorders. Including but not limited to eating disorders; addictions; depression; anxiety; and personality disorders.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with adults and adolescents age 12+.
I also have experience working with paraphilic disorders.
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Initial 30 Minute Appointment: £0
Following Appointments: £35
Reduced Cost Appointments: £25*
*Reduced cost / concession appointments are available for student counsellors, full time students and those who are unwaged.
After the initial appointment I ask that appointments are paid for in advance. This can be by cash, cheque, or bank transfer after each appointment. So, at the end of the initial assessment appointment £35 will be due (£25 for reduced cost appointments).
I do ask for 48 hours notice of cancellations otherwise my full fee will be charged.
I have a particular interest in working with the 'quarter life crisis'; men and women in their late 20s and early 30s, facing many difficult issues this time in life brings. (This may include relationship issues; parenthood difficulties; step and blended families; stress; anxiety; depression; childhood trauma; self esteem; body confidence; sexuality; gender identity; pressure of expectations; and feelings of being unfulfilled or lost.)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Morning and evening appointments currently available. Reduced cost sessions available.
Types of client