Lori Thackham

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Psycotherapeutic Counsellor & Supervisor (Dip Psyche) MNCPS
Available for new clients
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Tavistock, Devon, PL19
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome - I am an experienced therapist offering counselling to adults and young people for anxiety, depression and trauma.  I offer a creative approach to help you understand yourself more deeply; work through traumatic life experiences, identify your needs and how to get them met in ways that support a greater sense of wellbeing.  I work flexibly and aim to tailor sessions to your specific focus to help you to explore  and reflect on whatever is on your mind or causing concern, be that anxiety of any kind or feeling depressed and stuck with life, and/or to work through difficult life experiences.

How you feel matters, so deciding whether counselling therapy will help is a big step. Sometimes life events or situations feel overwhelming, and it can be a struggle to know what to do. This can leave you feeling isolated, anxious and/or depressed, unsure of how to move forward.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy that can help you work through difficult life events, make sense of feelings, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. It can help you to move forward and make decisions and choices about your life.

How I can help

I work creatively with clients in a way that suits and feels right for them. My approach to counselling is to build a trusting and honest therapeutic relationship in a space that feels safe and then to work creatively and holistically to enable you to explore how you are feeling and help you to find meaning in what you are experiencing. I often draw on Internal Family Systems  (IFS) theory to help identify and work with parts of self.  People often talk about a 'part' of themselves feeling a certain way - if appropriate, I may suggest using the idea of parts of self to explore how you are feeling, which can help to make sense of internal conflict and process deeper feelings that may be hidden.  

I believe when you feel a deeper sense of integration and understanding between your thoughts, feelings, body, and environment, you can experience a greater sense of well-being.

I am able to support clients who are seeking help with:

  • anxiety of any kind
  • panic attacks
  • depression and feeling stuck
  • trauma
  • unresolved feelings
  • phobias
  • family issues
  • relationship breakdown
  • post natal depression
  • low self esteem
  • low self confidence
  • loss and bereavement
  • dissociation
  • self injury
  • difficult life events
  • emotional difficulties

I work creatively and use an integrative model which aims to help you make connections between thoughts, feelings, emotions and existential meaning.  The theories I draw on are:  Person-Centred, Gestalt, CBT, Transactional Analysis, Internal Family Systems, Inner Child and Transpersonal.  These theories enable you to explore, reflect and gain a deeper understanding of yourself as a whole. This holistic and flexible approach can help you make sense of what you are experiencing and move forward in your life.

How many sessions will I need?

Initially I offer a free telephone consultation (approximately 30 minutes); this gives us the opportunity to discuss how counselling could work for you and for you to ask any questions. If we decide to go ahead with counselling sessions, we will discuss the number you may require, the frequency and a mutually agreeable day and time.

Face to face counselling sessions take place in my therapy room based in Tavistock.  For online counselling, I use the Zoom platform.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, and I have the following qualifications;

  • CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
  • TA 101


My experience includes working in primary care for the NHS, delivering counselling to adults in GP surgeries. I have also worked as a secondary school counsellor supporting young adults. I have taught counselling skills (CPCAB Level 2) and theory (CPCAB Level 3) at the Devon & Cornwall Counselling Hub. I have successfully worked with clients who have experienced trauma, depression and anxiety and am experienced in Safeguarding matters.   I have also worked in a primary school as a Thrive practitioner, supporting children with their social and emotional needs. I have delivered children's mindfulness sessions to help with anxiety.


I regularly undertake CPD and have attended courses in;

  • relational trauma
  • understanding the affects of shame
  • art therapy
  • using mindfulness
  • working with soul
  • working with anxiety
  • creative strategies to use with young people
  • adolescent mental health
  • suicide assessment and self-injury
  • retrospective jealousy in relationships
  • gender and sexual diversity
  • narcissism
  • transactional analysis
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Transactional Anlysis
  • Working with PTSD & Trauma
  • working with anxiety
  • gender & sexual diversity
  • stress & mental health
  • data protection and privacy

I undertake regular supervision and am a registered member of the  National Counselling& Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) Accredited Register.

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Counselling sessions usually take place weekly and last for 60 minutes. They cost £55 per session.  I offer a free 30 minute telephone/online consultation.

When I work

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Further information

Insurance and data protection

I am registered with the ICO for Data Protection and GDPR, and I have a privacy policy which explains how I use and store information. This is discussed and agreed at the first session. I am also insured, trained in safeguarding, and hold a current Enhanced DBS.

Tavistock, Devon, PL19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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As an alternative, I am able to offer online or telephone counselling sessions.

Online platforms



In person

Experienced at supporting counsellors who work with adults and young people as well as trainee counsellors. My fees for supervision are £55 per hour.

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Lori Thackham
Lori Thackham