Lorraine Quinn (UKCP Registered; BACP Accredited)

Lorraine Quinn (UKCP Registered; BACP Accredited)

Abbots Langley

07714 099 283

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Abbots Langley

07714 099 283

About me

Life events such as bereavements, transitions and changes or work-related problems like redundancy can trigger feelings like depression, anger and low self-esteem. Emotional and physical traumas can give rise to anxiety, stress and phobias. Counselling provides a secure environment where you can share your worries and develop ways to break out of unhelpful patterns which are causing distress. ualities, such as resourcefulness, optimism or confidence.

I offer both short term counselling (1-6 sessions to focus perhaps on a specific problem or trauma or maybe just to see if counselling is for you) and longer term psychotherapy. Sessions are generally on the same day and at the same time each week. Between us we would negotiate and agree this at the outset and I am committed to us jointly reviewing our work regularly to make sure it meets your needs.

In our sessions we can use different ways of exploring what you bring in a way that feels natural and appropriate, and which respects you as a unique individual. At the heart of what I do will always be my deep respect for your individual resources, qualities which may have been be temporarily lost but which given the time and space can be rediscovered and can help you to cope successfully with whatever life throws at you.  

I specialise in working 1:1 with adults (18 and over).

My practice is in West Hertfordshire, within easy reach of Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St. Albans.

Training, qualifications & experience

Primary Qualification:
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Center for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education - UKCP/BACP Accredited)
Trauma Training:
EMDR Part 1
Bereavement Training:
Accredited Bereavement Support Worker
(Cruse Bereavement Care)

I have been trained in a range of recognised counselling techniques and creative resources to help explore the effect our past has on the way we are now and how we deal with problems.

I have worked in a residential center for people who have attempted or considered suicide and for an organisation with clients who have been diagnosed with psychiatric mental health difficulties.

Under contract to the NHS I have provided general counselling to a wide mix of people in emotional distress, including (but not only) anger, stress and depression, work-related problems like redundancy, retirement, bullying and burn-out, and sexual abuse.

I have particular experience with complex bereavement and loss (for example suicide, sudden adult death syndrome, violent death and end-of-life living) and also the challenges faced by anyone who cares for a family member or friend who is physically or psychologically in need of support.  

I have provided specialist counselling to immigrants and refugees from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds who feel alienated and lonely, as if they do not belong anywhere.

Like all ethical practitioners I update my knowledge and skills regularly and am currently an EMDR therapist in training which enhances my ability to work with people in distress. EMDR is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress and other psychological problems.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I abide by the codes of ethics of both UKCP and BACP.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Carers issues
EAP (Employee Assistant Programmes)


£40-£52 (1 hour)
Concessions on the above available for students, including counselling/psychotherapy students and low-waged or unemployed people.
The first session can last up to 1.5 hours which gives us time to get to know each other and decide if I am the most appropriate counsellor for you.

Further information

I hold a CRB check and am fully insured.
I will try to reply to your phone call or e-mail on the same day I receive it - however this might not always be possible as I may be with other clients but I will do so as soon as practical between 9AM and 9PM Mondays to Thursdays and 9AM to 5PM Fridays (except bank holidays).

Maps & Directions

Watford, WD5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified