About me

Hi, I’m Lois and I’m a Counsellor specialising in anxiety.

Do you often feel…

Afraid as though something awful might happen?

Worried about doing things, even ‘little things’?

Unable to stop or control worrying?

Nervous, anxious or on edge?

That you worry too much about different things?

As though other people are annoyed with you?

So restless that it’s hard to sit still?

Easily annoyed or irritable?

As though life is ‘on pause’, or that you’re always ‘holding your breath’?

That it is difficult for you to relax?

Do you often experience...

An increased heart rate, sweaty palms, dizziness, belly butterflies, racing thoughts, muscle tension, jelly legs... for seemingly small reasons?

If your answer is yes to some or all of the above questions, I believe that I can help you.

A certain amount of anxiety is healthy and useful, but too much of it can negatively affect our…

Relationships

Careers

Social lives

Sleep…

... it can affect anything and everything.

So, how can I help?

I can offer…

A dedicated space for you to explore your anxiety without judgement.

Insight into your unique experience of anxiety.

Weekly sessions where you will feel heard and understood.

Techniques that you can do to reduce the physical sensations associated with anxiety.

Tools, resources and knowledge that you can use to manage your anxiety, day to day.

An assessment tool which will enable us to monitor your anxiety levels over time.

There is also the opportunity for...

Meditation and Breathing, tailored to suit your individual needs.

The use of various craft materials and objects as an alternative way of exploring your anxiety.

Walk and Talk Therapy, if you are someone who prefers to be ‘on the move’ when you talk.

Unless you decide on Walk and Talk Therapy, our sessions will take place in my therapy cabin which has beautiful and calming views of fields and distant trees.

As a Counsellor I consider it good practice to be in therapy myself, and I remember the anxious feelings of my first session very well. I therefore hope to be able to put you at ease as soon as you get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Introduction to Counselling skills
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education
  • BA Hons. Degree

Recent Courses Attended

Introduction to Working Outdoors
Irvin Yalom and The Art of Psychotherapy
The Traumatic Effects of Disasters
Fostering Healthy Relationships: The Dance of Intimacy
Creative Arts Approaches for Reflective Practice and Self- care in Counselling
How to stop having Nightmares
E Therapy: Ethical Considerations
Adolescent Capacity to be Mindful, not Mind Full
Adolescent Depression: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Covid 19 - A Different Kind of Grief?
PTSD Counselling Course
How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer
When Suicidal Thoughts Persist: Treating Chronic Ideation
Information Governance
Dealing with Disress', Working with Suicide and Self Harm
Autism Awareness
Attachment, Trauma and Resilience in Practice
First Aid
Safeguarding
PREVENT
Working with Sex and Love Addiction
Developing Skills when working with Anger
Developing Skills when working with Erotic Transference
Ongoing Telephone Support
A Child’s Grief
Death of a Child at any Age
Compassion for Voices
Adult Mental Health First Aid Two Day Course
Use of Masks and Creative Mediums in Therapy
Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People
Sudden and Traumatic Death
Bereavement Support Foundation Course
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
Sensory Processing - Theory and Practice

Employment Experience

Student Welfare and Engagement (Young Carers and LGBTQ+)- Further Education

Teacher/ Staff Welfare - Primary Schools

Student Mentor - Secondary School

Volunteering Experience

Bereavement Volunteer (1:1 Bereavement Counselling) - Cruse Bereavement Care

Trainee Counsellor - GP Surgery

Homeless Support Volunteer (Preparing food and serving clients) - Peterborough Soup Kitchen

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with the following, and more:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Panic
  • Family issues
  • Feeling sad
  • Depression
  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Affairs
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Drug addiction
  • Sex and love addiction
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sex problems
  • Anger
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Behaviour problems
  • Work-related stress
  • Suicidal thoughts,
  • Loneliness
  • Sexuality
  • Meditation
  • Paranoia
  • Bullying
  • Careers
  • Spirituality
  • Family
  • Menopause
  • Sleep

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

Sessions are 50 minutes long and are currently £45 per session.

I currently do some counselling work through a charity, which means that I have no further concessionary slots available at this time.

Further information

Style of Counselling

I am qualified as an integrative counsellor. This means that the course I studied integrated two theories together. These theories are called Person-Centred and Object Relations.

Person Centred

Person or client-centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Rather than being seen as ‘the expert’ and directing the therapy, the counsellor recognises that the client is the expert of their own experience. The counsellor’s role is to offer acceptance, empathy and honesty to the client, which gradually leads to a developed sense of self acceptance and positive change.

Object Relations

Object Relations is a theory of relationships between people, in particular within a family and especially between the primary caregiver and their child. The basic premise is that everyone has an internal need to form relationships. If relationships are not formed securely at a young age, this can lead to relationship issues in later life. The therapy between counsellor and client can offer clients a more positive experience of a relationship, which can then lead to more positive relationships outside of the therapy room.

Integration

The basis that integrates these two theories, is that relationships form us as we develop from a baby.

Telephone/ Online Counselling

I am able to offer sessions via Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp, FaceTime and the Telephone. Remote therapy is the same price as face to face therapy.

Home Visits

This is a possibility, however, I would like to have a remote session with you beforehand (See the above paragraph for more information on remote therapy). I am happy to discuss individual needs on a ‘client-by-client’ basis.

Finding the right Counsellor for you

I believe that getting the right counsellor is vital, so if we've had a session or two and you decide that I’m not right for you, feel free to ask me to signpost you to someone who might be a ‘better fit’ for you at this time in your life.

Peterborough
PE6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Since COVID-19 I have become increasingly busy, however some appointments are available. Please get in touch for more information.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Social

Lois Forman

Lois Forman