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Are you feeling depressed, stressed or anxious?

Crises such as relationship difficulties, work related challenges or sudden losses can cause low mood and a dramatic increase in stress levels, making it much harder to function on a daily basis.

I provide
the time and space in which to explore issues asking for attention. Counselling can help untangle the threads that are holding you back, allowing you to move forward to a more accepting and positive place.

Good counselling can help get to the heart of the matter. It gives due weight to the impact of the current situation, historic influences, as well as intentions for the future.. The building of trust and safety can allow the expression of deeper thoughts feelings, which you may not feel free to share with those close to you.

A period of counselling can help restore inner calm and resilience, and enable you to make personal choices with greater self-assurance. You can tune in once again to your intuitive sense of what's right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling with the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. This is an integrative approach which gives attention to all aspects of our well-being - mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. I am a fully accredited, registered member of the BACP.

I have a breadth of experience in a range of approaches to counselling, including Humanistic, Psychodynamic  and Gestalt Therapies. I have a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic programming from the U.K. Centre for NLP, the first organisation to bring NLP to this country, and I also studied NLP with International Teaching Seminars, directed by Ian McDermott. I have completed both the Psychotherapy One year Course and the Counselling One Year Course at Spectrum, as well as their short course on the psychology of sexuality.

I was also closely involved with the founders of The Parent Network, and completed their course on communication skills for parents. I've had 40 years of teaching experience, specialising for the last 20 years in special educational needs. I was an Advisory Teacher for Language and Literacy in Islington for 10 years, offering advice and support to accelerate the learning of the most vulnerable children. I empowered parents to communicate more effectively to support their children's confidence to learn.

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.


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

Childless-by-circumstance issues
Physical disabilities
Long term health issues
Emotional Behavioural issues with children
Parental concerns
Life direction


Additional information

I charge £20.00 for a preliminary consultation. This allows us to explore whether we choose to work together. I charge £45.00 for subsequent sessions.


I am available in the evenings and during the daytime. I offer flexible appointments according to other commitments.

Further information

Please contact me initially by email.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Loraine Mcdonald

Loraine Mcdonald