Hello! My name is Lori Stafford. As an experienced integrative Counsellor, I believe that every person is unique and has had different experiences. I am passionate about supporting individuals to improve their wellbeing and make positive changes in their lives by combining elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Person-Centred theories and tailoring the treatment according to individual’s needs.
Due to the lockdown, clients will be seen online via a secure and encrypted video conferencing platform called Zoom and my public liability insurance covers me for such work.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- The British Psychology Society, CBT - An Introductory Course
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working with People and Mental Health Needs
- CPCAB - Introduction to Counselling
- Certificate in Attachment (The Bowlby Centre)
- Essentials of Psychosynthesis - stage 1
- Mind Crisis Counselling Training
- Mindline (Mind) Telephone and Counselling Training
Alongside my private practice I volunteer at Mind as a Crisis Counsellor as well as The Deborah Ubee Trust supporting clients through their concerns. Additionally, I regularly attend training and additional courses to continue my professional development, to enhance my knowledge and skills in supporting my clients.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
When you first make contact we will arrange an appointment for a free 15-minute introductory consultation. The aim of which will be for us to plan together your needs and goals, and also decide whether therapy may be helpful for you. I respond to all queries promptly and in confidence.
Monday to Friday 11am to 4 pm (Daytime)
Free introductory 15-minute consultation
Weekly individual session £50 (50-minute session)
Monday to Friday 5pm to 7pm (Evening)
Weekly individual session: £60 (50-minute sessions)
I am also offering a limited amount of discounted sessions to NHS workers on a short term basis - please contact me for further information.
I am available Monday to Thursday, day-time online sessions are from 11am-4pm and evening online sessions from 5pm-7pm.
Subject to the Covid pandemic and personal restrictions I will be working online. In person sessions will resume once the restrictions have been lifted and my website will be updated accordingly.
Alternative location - Woodbridge, Suffolk
I am also based in Woodbridge, Suffolk and will be offering in person counselling in due course. Until then, all my work is online.
I have a special personal interest in chronic health and have considerable experience supporting clients with chronic ill-health conditions and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lupus, MS, ME, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. I am very aware of the uniqueness and complexity of the grief and loss that surrounds chronic ill-health. In the counselling setting, it may not be the reason why a client enters therapy but perhaps acknowledging a client’s physicality could be of great therapeutic benefit.
Although not clinically trained in your particular condition, as your counsellor I will ensure that I have a basic understanding of the nature of your condition and together we will discuss the best way to use your sessions to focus on your concerns. It may be that in many sessions you choose not to discuss your health and use your session to discuss other issues as they arise and that are important to you to raise on that particular day.
Equality & Diversity Statement.
I believe that our “differences” should be celebrated.
I am committed to the provision of a service based on equality & respect for “difference”.
I aim to provide a service for people irrespective of “race”, culture, gender, sexuality, class, religion, HIV status, disability, age or language.