Lorraine Gillingham PGDip. Couns. MBACP Accredited. BACP Registered
I am a accredited counsellor with over 20 years' experience working as a therapist in Brighton and Horsham. I believe it is a privilege to work with clients as a counsellor, I enjoy my work and am committed to providing high a standard of therapeutic support. Currently I offer short and long term counselling to both individuals and couples.
Some people may spend a long time thinking about whether they want to start counselling, while for other people a life crisis, bereavement or relationship breakdown might prompt them to seek support. At times, life can be challenging or distressing, and it can be really hard to find solutions or a way forward from our problems.
Whether you want to explore past events, are worried about what the future might hold or want to solve current difficulties, counselling helps deal with issues that may cause emotional distress or that prevent you from living your life to its fullest. I offer my clients a safe and confidential service, drawing on many years of experience I am committed to providing a high standard of counselling care, focussed on and tailored to each individual.
I originally qualified as a Psychodynamic counsellor, however, through further professional development; I often call upon other counselling approaches. This is sometimes referred to as Integrative counselling, which is a combination of counselling approaches used to best suit individual clients.
In addition, I am a qualified Relate couple counsellor and clinical supervisor. I am a member of, and was Accredited by, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2005 and have full professional insurances.
Having worked for many years both in private practice and within organisations offering specialist counselling services, I have had experience of working with people who have used counselling to help them with a wide range of problems. These include: Anxiety, bereavement, disability, depression, abuse and abusive relationships, phobias, relationship breakdowns, obsessive thoughts/feelings and behaviours. This list is not exhaustive; there are many reasons why people choose to come to counselling.
My counselling practice is located in KempTown and the Seven Dials areas in Brighton, as well as in Horsham, West Sussex. All clinics are comfortable and easily accessible by public transport, and have on street parking.
From my experience, an initial meeting with a counsellor prior to starting counselling can be helpful in giving you an opportunity to think about whether they are someone you feel comfortable with. Whatever has led you to counselling, the relationship between yourself and the counsellor will be important to the success of your therapy.
If you would like to talk through your personal requirements or book an initial appointment, please contact me on 07719 911102 or email using the link at the top of the page.
Once you have decided that you want change something in your life, and are taking the step to look for a counsellor then you are already on the way to gaining a better understanding of yourself and to finding a happier and more fulfilling life.
I hope that the information on the Counselling Directory will assist you in making a decision about counselling and finding a counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
1996 Cert Couns Skills, CSCT London
1997 Cert Couns Theory, CSCT London
1997 Combined Cert Couns, CSCT London
1999 Post Graduate Diploma Counselling, University of Sussex
2004 Cert Counselling Supervision, University of Sussex
2005 British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation
2005 UKRC Registered Counsellor
2011 Post Qualifying Certificate Couple Counselling - Relate Institute
My counselling experience includes:
- Working in long term Private Practice;
- Parental Support Counselling Service - Counsellor;
- Counsellor and supervisor at Rock Clinic, Brighton;
- Couple counsellor - Relate, Brighton;
- Brighton Womens Centre - Supervisor;
- Brighton & Hove Primary Schools - Parent Counsellor;
- Consultative supervision school staff - East Sussex & Brighton & Hove;
- Sussex University - Counsellor;
- Managing team of counsellors - East and West Sussex Schools;
- Head of Therapeutic Services - Sussex charitable organisation
- Workplace coaching and counselling - Brighton and Hove Council and charitable organisations
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Obsessional thoughts Frightening anxieties or phobias
Feelings of helplessnes Constant anxiety
Over worrying Depressive and anxious feelings
Panic attacks Trauma
Loss and Separation Bereavement and recovery
Anger - difficult feelings and angry outbursts Illness Recovery
Redundancy Couple counselling
Divorce Family Breakdown
Caring and its affects on the carer
Working with parents of children with learning difficulties or mental health problems
Couples separating or going through a divorce dealing with the loss of their realationship (either individually or together as a couple).
I offer reduced fees for trainee counsellors and reduced supervision fees to trainee supervisors.
Individual counselling sessions - £50.00 - £60.00
Couple counselling - £70.00
Counsellors in Training - counselling or supervision - £48.00
Qualified Counsellors - supervision - £50.00
All sessions are for 50 minutes, unless otherwise arranged
I have a wide experience in couselling work which enables me to offer clients counselling support to meet their individual circumstances and life situaitons.
As an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I am committed to working within their ethical guidelines, I am able to offer a highly professional and confidential counselling service.