Welcome to Out of The Blue Counselling, my name is Lori Thackham and I am passionate about counselling as a way of helping young people and adults. I aim to provide an empathic, safe and confidential space for you to explore whatever is on your mind and to help you identify your needs and how to move forward. I work flexibly to help you in your process of gaining clarity and a deeper understanding of yourself, so that you will experience a greater sense of wellbeing.
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 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:
- panic attacks
- feeling sad
- family issues
- relationship breakdown
- post natal depression
- low self esteem
- low self confidence
- loss and bereavement
- self injury
- difficult life events
- emotional difficulties
I use an integrative model which incorporates Person-Centred, Gestalt, CBT, and Transpersonal theories to help clients explore, reflect and gain a deeper understanding of themselves as a whole. This holistic and flexible approach helps clients make sense of what they are experiencing and move forward in their lives
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 at Tavistock Therapy Centre in Tavistock. It is centrally located for easy access by car or bus. There is no designated parking, but there is street parking and car parks close by. 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
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 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
- transactional analysis
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Transactional Anlysis
- Working with PTSD & Trauma
- working with anxiety
- gender & sexual diversity
- stress & mental health
- data protection and privacy
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling sessions usually take place weekly and last for 60 minutes. They cost £45 per session. I offer a free 30 minute telephone/online consultation.
I offer concessions to student counsellors, students/apprentices and key workers - please email me to find out more.
Weekdays & some evenings. Please call or email me for further information.
If you email me, please note that my response may end up in junk or spam folders, so please check these.
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