Lorraine Balfe

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MA MBACP (Accred.) Reg.Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Llanfyllin SY22 & Oswestry SY10
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

COUNSELLING OVER 27 YEARS, SINCE 1996

  • BACP Registered & Accredited
  • Oswestry, Shropshire, Mid Wales, Llanfyllin or anywhere via Zoom

 Online via Zoom - or a walk and talk 

A new year, how are your resolutions doing?  Change can be difficult, we talk ourselves out of it.  We have a plan, then life steps in. 

Are you thinking about trying therapy, then you just don't make the first step?  lbalfe@protonmail.com  -   I check it every day. It's the first step. Just a few words to start you off.

It can be both scary and exciting. Change is often perceived as a threat, so it's not easy to make that step and start the therapeutic work.   I can offer you an empathic, therapeutic relationship in which you can explore your problems, anxieties, feelings, thoughts, and relationships.  In doing this, you will make more sense of yourself and your world.  

In the last 3 years, life has changed in many ways and presented new challenges for people.  Many people have become isolated, lonely, anxious, depressed or feel grief from the loss of loved ones.  Working from home can take some adjustment and relationships can become strained.  Covid & the cost of living crisis has put extra pressure on many people and couples have separated due to the stress.  The climate change and the news of wars have made us feel very vulnerable and worried for our children's future. It's a difficult and complex world that we live in, yet we are encouraged to stay calm and carry on.  

Counselling can help to support you short term whilst you adjust to changes in your life and dispel the isolation that you are feeling.

I am working face to face and online at the present time.  A mix of these can be arranged to suit.

If you are wondering what that would be like, then you could try just one introductory short meeting to discuss it.  Email me for further discussion on this. 

Loss, Bereavement, 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 over 27 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,  a bereavement care charity, where I worked for six years voluntary. After qualification, 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. In 2010, I began full time private practice.

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  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. 

Testimonials

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

  • Certificate in Telephone & Online Counselling 2020
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Please email for a free discussion about your therapy needs.  After this, we may meet up for 30 minutes to see if we are compatible for therapy.

  If you decide to enter into counselling, my usual fee is £40 for an hour.

  Concessions are available, I can do a 45 minute session for £30.  This is the usual amount of time you may get in primary care settings.  Counselling works well if attended regular, but fortnightly can be an option.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Flexible daytime available, also weekend.

Further information

My counselling room is accessed by a private entrance and then up steep stairs.
Counselling is by appointment and after making a working agreement and assessment.

30 High Street, Llanfyllin, Powys, SY22 5AQ

Oswestry, Powys, SY10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Face to face, outside in nature, online via zoom

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

Integrative Counsellor/Supervisor £60 for 1.5 hours

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Lorraine Balfe
Lorraine Balfe