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Psycotherapeutic Counsellor for Anxiety, Depression & Trauma

About me

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:

  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • feeling sad
  • phobias
  • family issues
  • relationship breakdown
  • post natal depression
  • low self esteem
  • low self confidence
  • loss and bereavement
  • dissociation
  • trauma
  • 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
  • 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 British Association of Counsellors (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS) Accredited.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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.

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 DBS.

Tavistock, Devon, PL19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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


In person

I am a qualified supervisor having completed the CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision. My fees for supervision are £40 per hour.

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