Loraine Rawson B.A. P.G. Dip. Couns. MBACP (Accred)
Sometimes life can be a little overwhelming.
Over my twenty plus years as a BACP accredited counsellor working in Hitchin SG5 with couples, individuals, young people, and students in counselling trainings, I know that stuff happens, and naturally, our relationships sometimes have trouble keeping up.
I have worked in GP practices and voluntary organisations both as counsellor and supervisor, and been in private practice since 1997. I worked with Relate for three years,and have twenty years of working with both individuals and couples.
I have also worked extensively for Employee Assistance Programs, where I had experience dealing with short term solution focused interventions to deal with specific issues when necessary. However, long term change is often best brought about through longer term work.
Together we have an opportunity to explore how you may have come to view your life. Although I will not tell you what to do, I will encourage you to find your own insights so that you can find more successful ways of resolving your difficulties.
I work with relationship difficulties and breakdown,relationship enrichment, depression, anxiety, anger, a sense of futility or defeat,frustrated expectations, substance dependence, loss, work related difficulties, stress, parenting issues, low self esteem and self confidence,and issues around abuse and boundary setting.
My primary training is both psychodynamic and person-centered. Both this training and my human experience of living as a member of a family and community enrich and inform our work.
Whilst few people relish the idea of therapy, it is just possible that we might enjoy our work together!
Training, qualifications & experience
Having spent some years volunteering and training with Relate, I did a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, and have diversified what I can offer with a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Hertfordshire.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor-this is a post qualification accreditation that requires consistent development, both personal and professional.
I meet with colleagues on a regular basis for ongoing professional development and skill sharing, as well as seeking ongoing professional development as part of my commitment to your work. And also because I like it.
In addition to my private practise I have volunteered as a supervisor with Hitchin Counselling Service and worked for ten years with the then pioneer organisation ICAS offering workplace counselling for employees, from legal counsel and medical practitioners, to educationalists and creatives to lorry drivers and local authority employees.
I welcome and enjoy diversity and variety in my work.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes we defy categorisation.
Our together work might include but is not limited to: couples work and/or individual work- unfulfilled expectations or ambitions, frustration, loss of interest or enjoyment in life, coming to terms with childhood experience, making peace with the past, finding a voice, living with trying family members, wanting to leave the past behind, wanting a more authentic sense of self, wanting to break old patterns of relating, wanting greater freedom of expression or spontaneity, finding out what you need, creating a more fulfilling life, strengthening relationships, increasing communication and intimacy, finding permission for spirituality, creating deeper connections, embracing new roles and dealing with change, creating life after loss, finding the lost parts of yourself, greeting new experience, saying goodbye, finding permission for a sexual self, enjoying appetite, loving your own life.
I offer a first session for £30. Sessions last 50 minutes and are once per week.
£45-£50 per daytime session (10am-4pm).
Some concessions available for students/ according to income.
£60 couples and twilight sessions (4-7pm). Weekend session rates on enquiry.
I am located ten minutes walk from Hitchin train station and town centre.
Hitchin station offers access to Cambridge, Welwyn, Stevenage and King's Cross, and stations in between, and I am twenty minutes drive from Luton and St Albans.
I frequently see clients from Herts, Beds, Essex and North London.
If you would like to contact me, please leave a telephone message or e mail and I will get back to you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I arrange first sessions as soon as possible. Daytime Monday - Thursday 9.30 - 7pm, some weekend sessions available by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|