Lorraine Gillingham

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PGDip. Couns. MBACP Accredited. BACP Registered
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Horsham RH12 & Brighton BN1
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About me

I am a accredited counsellor with over 20 years' experience working as a therapist in Horsham, Brighton and online.  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.

I am able to offer short and long term counselling to both individuals and couples.  Currently I also offer a number of low-cost appointments.

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 and 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 way of working is 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 the centre of Horsham and the Seven Dials area in Brighton.  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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Obsessional thoughts                                         Frightening anxieties or phobias

Feelings of helplessness                                      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 relationship (either individually or together as a couple).

Trainee Counsellors/Supervisors

I offer reduced fees for trainee counsellors and reduced supervision fees to trainee supervisors

Low Cost Counselling

I also offer a number of lower cost appointments depending on availablity and circumstance.


£55.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Individual counselling sessions - £55.00 - £60.00

Concessional Counselling (Low cost - when available) - £40

Couple counselling - £75.00

Counsellors in Training - counselling or supervision - £55.00

Qualified Counsellors - supervision - £60.00

All sessions are for 50 minutes, unless otherwise arranged

When I work

Weekdays and early evenings in both Horsham, Brighton and online.

Further information

I have a wide experience in counselling work which enables me to offer clients counselling support to meet their individual circumstances and life situations.

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.

Horsham, West Sussex, RH12

Brighton, East Sussex, BN1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

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