Lorraine Hemphrey, Registered MBACP (Dip Couns)
Maidstone Community Support Centre
39-48 Marsham Street
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As an Integrative Counsellor, I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches. I am able to draw on a range of methods to support my clients and give individual support to suit their needs and create a tailor-made treatment.
I currently work with Mind as a sessional counsellor supporting people going through the IAPT system, which gives me experience in dealing with many different emotional issues. Here I am trained to use CBT therapy which is good for tackling anxiety and depression, challenging and changing if necessary, Negative Automatic Thoughts, Dysfunctional assumptions and Core Belief. It can strengthen your thought processes and support you to be more confident in relationships and social situations.
I understand that life can become overwhelming and our emotions can be too difficult to handle alone. Life-changing events such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or adapting to a change in your physical health can be hard to deal with. Sometimes it is hard to identify your problems on your own. For example, when you are not sleeping well or you are getting frustrated with normal day-to-day events.
I can help you discover why you are experiencing these thoughts and feelings and find alternative ways of approaching your emotions and behaviour and find your own inner strength.I believe in creating a comforting and friendly environment, giving you a safe space that is free from judgement or expectation. I also believe in everyone getting the right treatment, so I make sure that I am up-to-date with my training and have a good knowledge of what else is out there for my clients and I can refer you on to other professionals if they are better suited to you or point you in the right direction.
I am able to offer short-term or long-term counselling on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However, I would advise that you start with weekly sessions. These sessions can be booked in daytime, evening or weekend slots. All my sessions are an hour long and will run at an easily manageable pace. Your first session will be an hour and 15 minutes, which will enable us to get to know each other and plan your future therapy. I understand that some people will find counselling very challenging, as they are unlocking particularly painful emotions they have had for many years and therefore may wish to work slowly and with care.
My counselling room is in Maidstone town centre, in the Maidstone Community Support Centre, which has ample parking nearby. My room is easily accessible, so I am able to facilitate anyone with disabilities.
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
The main therapies I use are:
Psychodynamic therapy - This helps you to look back on past life events and experiences in order to bring forth those difficult feelings from your unconscious so that you can deal with them.
Person-centred counselling - This gives you the support to find your own inner strengths to help you move forward and grow.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – This helps you to change your thinking patterns and behaviour and is particularly helpful when dealing with addiction or particular habits.
Existential therapy – This focuses on the here and now and allows you to explore your place in the world, to face your anxieties and embrace your own freedom of choice. This can be particularly helpful for people with a terminal illness or those experiencing a life transition, as it can give you a more optimistic outlook on life.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£35 per 60-minute session and the first session which is 75 minutes long.
I do have a small amount of slots for people in financial difficulty, so please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available to call 9am - 10pm, any day of the week. I do have evening and weekend slots available
Types of client