Lori Thackham, Dip, MBAC, MNCS
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 and anxious, unsure of how to move forward. I work creatively with clients in a way that suits and feels right for them. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS).
My approach to counselling is to build a trusting and honest relationship in a space that feels safe and then to work creatively and holistically to enable you to make connections with parts of yourself that may have become suppressed. I believe when you feel a deeper sense of integration between your thoughts, feelings, body and environment; you can experience a greater sense of wellbeing.
Counselling is a talking therapy, which 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.
I use an integrative model which incorporates, Person Centred, Gestalt, CBT and Transpersonal theories. This enables me to offer a holistic and flexible approach to help clients make sense of how they are feeling and to move forward in their lives.
Some of the reasons people choose to have counselling include:
stress, anxiety, panic, depression, low self esteem, lack of confidence, loss & bereavement, trauma, self injury, abuse, difficult relationships, life events …. to name but a few.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications:
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
My previous experience includes working for an organisation contracted by the NHS to deliver counselling to adults at GP surgeries. I also worked for a charity delivering counselling to young people in a secondary school setting.
I am continuing with my study of counselling and psychotherapy and also regularly undertake CPD and have attended courses in: art therapy, 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 relationship, gender and sexual diversity.
I undertake regular Supervision. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS).
I previously worked in a Primary School as a Thrive practitioner and I am also a qualified Relax Kids Coach (Relax Kids is a seven step mindfulness program which helps children learn to manage anxiety and build resilience).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Counselling sessions usually take place weekly and last for approximately 55 minutes. They cost £40 per session. I offer concessions to student counsellors.
The number of sessions will depend on you and how you feel. It may be that you feel you are ready to stop after a few appointments or may wish to continue for a longer period.
I am insured and trained in safeguarding.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Week days and Saturdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|