Lorraine Shearing MBACP DipHE

Lorraine Shearing MBACP DipHE



07769 905857

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07769 905857

About me

About me...

Before becoming a counsellor I was a British and
International swimmer competing in Elite competitions across the World. I also served as a firefighter for twelve years within Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Having been involved in situations of high trauma I understand how important it is to look after our mental health and how as a society the stigma of mental illness still persists. Seeking help for psychological issues is an essential element in our overall wellbeing, one that counselling plays a supporting role in.

One that can be life changing with the right counsellor.

I am passionate about empowering people and providing them with the tools and skills to achieve a healthier outlook on life.

In modern society, too commonly the approach to challenging events is to suppress emotions.

I look to create an environment where these suppressed emotions can be shared in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential setting to allow the individual to process, understand and accept their responses.


I offer one to one counselling on a short term, or long term basis.

I am integratively trained which means I understand and utilise aspects of different counselling approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychodynamic and Person centred therapy. All of these modalities can be used within counselling sessions and I work keeping a foundation of person centred theory. I will listen and support you, offering empathy without judgement and let you decide what is best for you, whilst empowering you to improve your mental health.

Memberships and Insurances...

I am a member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics and practices. Details about this and counselling theories can be found on their website. www.bacp.co.uk
I have regular supervision as is required by law, with a highly qualified supervisor. This ensures I am working safely and ethically.

I am fully insured and have an up to date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (DBS).

I also work at the Jubilee Centre within Southend Mind.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 2 Diploma in Counselling skills
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Mental health training
  • PTSD symptomatic study
  • Workplace safety
  • Mindfulness certificate

  Physical wellbeing

  • Working with elite athletes who have performance related anxieties and rehabilitation issues.
  • ASA level 2 swimming instructor
  • ASA level 1 coaching certificate
  • I can incorporate fitness and counselling.

Member organisations



  • £30 for therapeutic hour (50mins) session within Westcliff location
  • £40 for therapeutic hour (50mins)session at Southend location.
  • Sliding scale for clients in receipt of benefits.

Maps & Directions

Southend-on-Sea, SS1
Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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