Lorna Day MBACP (Reg.), MSc, FdA
I am an experienced and supportive counsellor offering a non-judgemental space for you to talk about any life or relationship difficulties that are concerning you. I can do daytime, evening and weekend appointments to suit your circumstances and short or long term counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling is a way of finding out about yourself to help get a better understanding of your feelings and why some relationships or situations may cause you to feel repeatedly upset, angry, depressed, anxious or confused.
I am fully qualified (BACP registered) and I have worked in the NHS for many years counselling people in difficult circumstances (including people living with disability, life-long diseases and cancer) as well as working with individuals wanting to make changes in their day-to-day lives. Counselling can help with any problem, big or small, allowing you to speak freely and confidentially without fear of causing upset or damage to relationships. I will meet you for counselling sessions in my home in Albrighton, in a calm and private setting on the ground floor with disabled access and off road parking.
Many people feel a sense of relief when they can finally understand patterns of behaviour in themselves and others around them. We will work together to help you acquire new ways of dealing with whatever it is that troubles you. I am also a qualified nurse and so have an understanding of the medical issues often associated with unhappiness. I can help you with feelings related to a number of problems when perhaps you feel you are struggling to cope, but you do not need to have a reason for being unhappy to seek counselling. Finding out why you have the feelings you do is part of the process. Come and talk to me and let’s see what we can do about it.
Please feel free to call, text or email me and we can arrange an initial appointment to meet up and talk about how and when we can work together. I provide a free pre-arranged 20 minutes phone consultation to help you decide whether counselling would be helpful for you.
I aim to make the first contact as easy for you as possible so you can feel supported whatever is on your mind.
How we will work together
Counselling and psychotherapy are tailored to meet your individual needs whether attending on your own or as a couple. Don't worry if it is new to you. I will explain what to expect and we will regularly check on your progress. We will work in partnership to address whatever it is that has brought you to counselling so that you no longer feel overwhelmed or stuck in painful reaction patterns. Your mind will begin to clear and allow you to see what is within your control and you will be able to get in touch with what you need and want from life. Understanding the bigger picture gives us important information that may be difficult to uncover without professional help.
By getting to know each other, I will support you to make any changes you want for yourself. Change can be bewildering while making for new possibilites. We will discover what holds you back, how you can do things differently and how to understand yourself better in relation to others. I work mainly with the ideas of transactional analysis which are easily understood and used widely for individuals, couples and organisations.
Change can just be to feel more comfortable in your relationships or it can be life changing as in giving up an addiction. I can help with specific problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder. You will learn to get insight into your thoughts and feel more in control. See list below for other problems that I can assist with.
It is normal for couples to experience ups and downs. This can lead to dissatisfaction with their relationship and make partners question whether they are really suited to each other. In couple counselling we will get to the heart of how you communicate. We will find out what is happening in your relationship and I will guide you to open up your communication and increase your confidence in handling conflict. If necessary, we can even explore the long term future of the relationship honestly and realistically in a way that enables both of you to be heard and without siding with one or the other.
The most important factor that determines the outcome is the willingness of both of you to give it a go. Couples can get locked in conflicts, either avoiding them or feeling unable to resolve them. I will help you to move forward and to deal with conflict in a new way to build your relationship. If the problems you are experiencing relate to a particular issue like parenting or a family crisis, I can facilitate a workable resolution.
An affair or any kind of infidelity/secrecy in a relationship is a devastating blow to the trust between a couple. There may be complex reasons why an affair happens rooted in the relationship dynamic, in circumstance or in individual behaviour. The shock waves from an affair can have lasting impact on a relationship unless the feelings are worked through and made sense of. Feelings and reactions may be extreme and start a dynamic of blame and mistrust.
For some couples an affair may become a turning point when they begin to understand the factors that brought them to this point. However painful the experience, it can revive the relationship and make for commitment and willingness to work through difficult feelings. We may think that we know ourselves and our partner but in reality our motivations may be hidden both from ourselves and from each other. Perhaps we sabotage love and trust in our relationship in ways we are completely unaware of. Couples may discover they want to learn to be with each other differently.
I can assist you to explore the minefield of an affair or infidelity safely and to piece your relationship back together. Even if it becomes apparent that the relationship cannot survive, for most couples it is important to voice the feelings triggered by the betrayal to prevent distrust or guilt from being carried over to a new relationship. Having a third person in the room can contain the most hurtful reactions. The betrayer may feel so confused and ashamed that talking to someone seems impossible which can make it difficult to seek help. I will meet you without judging knowing that an affair can be a big challenge to the happiness of you both.
You are welcome whether heterosexual or LGBT+.
What clients have written about me:
"Lorna literally changed my life and for that I cannot thank her enough… I don’t think I would have stuck with counselling if it was not for her and the skills I learnt with her are always going to be with me... For anyone who may be doubting counselling, then I say just try it once with Lorna."
"The environment was just right - warm and friendly."
"It struck the right balance between being professional and relaxing."
"Lorna is easygoing and friendly which put me at ease."
"I can honestly say that this counselling has changed my life; I’ve got my self-confidence and self-belief back on track after many years and feel I can handle many situations now that previously caused me to feel anxious and low. Lorna’s style of counselling, I think, is particularly useful as she is interactive and does more than merely sit and listen. Mine and my family’s future feels so much brighter now that I have worked through issues that were affecting my thoughts and feelings."
"Thank you so much for helping me with my self-esteem issues and problems around food. I feel a lot happier in myself and more in control of my emotions. I would highly recommend Lorna's services to anyone looking for help and support."
"Lorna, you achieved just the right balance between being very professional in your manner, but at the same time warm and understanding. Your approach encouraged me to gain confidence in you and enabled me to be open and honest. Over the months you have helped me come to terms somewhat regarding issues that have severely distressed me. You have enabled me to gain insight into my feelings so that I can cope in a more constructive way. Thank you so much."
"When I first started seeing Lorna, I was a very unhappy, confused woman of 57! Lorna has made me feel happy again for the first time in a long time. I now look forward to the future and feel confident enough to be on my own for the time being. Lorna has helped me to understand all my thoughts and why I've felt the way I'd been feeling. Lorna's interaction and understanding was extremely helpful!"
Enquiries are welcome even if you are unsure whether counselling is for you. I am happy to talk with you about how it may benefit your particular situation. Choosing counselling as a way forward to see your problems more clearly can bring about changes to resolve the situation. I can help you to reassess your life and create the future you want.
- Do get in touch on 07899 755642 or email via red button above to talk things through with no obligation.
- The initial phone consultation is free and confidential, helping you to decide without inconvenience if you would like to meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional qualifications
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for your safety
- FdA degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis - BACP accred. Middlesex University London
- Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
- Registered genetic counsellor* - Professional Standards Authority accred.
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- MSc degree in Research Methods in Health - University of Southampton
- Registered general nurse*
- Level 2 Biology Brain and Behaviour - The Open University
I worked as a counsellor in an NHS genetics department for 12 years meeting families and individuals of all ages coping with illness and disability. I have mentored students and other staff members and counselled countless people from diverse backgrounds and of different ethnicities and faiths. I have also worked with young people in an established counselling service. Prior to that I was a nurse and researcher.
Do you or a relative have a long term health condition?
It can be overwhelming to struggle on your own when you or a loved one is affected. Many conditions cannot be cured and discovering how to live life to the full can transform how you feel. Together we can make this happen to enable you to realise the best choices for you and your family.
I am able to help you work through a broad spectrum of issues:-
Anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, depression, relationship and family issues, child related issues, separation and divorce, affairs and betrayals, domestic violence, seasonal affective disorder (sad), postnatal depression, addiction(s), abuse, emotional abuse, childhood bullying, attachment disorder, feeling sad, anger management, alcoholism, bereavement, low self-esteem/low confidence, Asperger's syndrome, stress, work related stress, internet addiction, smoking, career and life change adjustments, binge-eating disorder, eating disorders, sex problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), narcissistic personality disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.
My personal statement
My commitment to each client or couple is to deliver a combination of empathy and best practice. Therefore I undertake new learning continually, often studying in depth particular problems that clients present with. I enjoy relating to people as a foundation for helping them with their problems. This way I aim to give full attention to you and your specific requirements. It seems to work well for my clients and is called relational counselling. I also keep up to date with developments in counselling and psychotherapy in general, using a variety of methods creatively. You will experience this simply as talking.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have longstanding experience of working with families affected by inherited conditions whether personally or within the family. My role as a counsellor would not be to give medical advice but rather to support you and your family in managing any challenges you face.
- Difficulty knowing and getting what you want
- Strained family dynamics
Health related problems
- Emotional eating
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties / diminished mental capacity affecting your family
- Life altering injury
- Long term health condition / living with cancer
- Sleep disturbance
- Stress induced illness
Working in an organisation
- Conflict in the workplace
- Dealing with difficult people
- Fear of failure
- Feeling undervalued
- Lack of assertiveness
These are some examples of difficulties that I have experience with though you are welcome to enquire about specific problems.
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One to one:
£40 per session - concession available for students on counselling course
£45 per session
£35 per session
Sessions last 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples.
Initial sessions are 1 hour 15 minutes with no additional charge.
For your information, payment is by cash or cheque at the appointment.
You will be given an appointment usually within 5 days. Next day requests will be met wherever possible. I aim to respond to messages and emails as soon as I possibly can within 24 hours.
Appointments of longer duration are available. Extended appointments and costs will be discussed with you to avoid hidden charges.
There is no obligation to continue following a meeting. It is important that you feel comfortable although getting to know each other can take a few sessions. In most cases appointments will be weekly but different schedules are also possible.
Local transport links include rail and bus services all within easy walking distance of my practice in the centre of Albrighton.
I have a dedicated consulting room on the ground floor with disabled access. Please do ask me about this to ensure it meets your needs. There is secure parking.
I hold full indemnity and liability insurance. I am a registered member of the professional counselling body, the BACP (see above). You can obtain verification from www.bacp.co.uk - Search BACP.
I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in keeping with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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MON - SUN 8AM - 9PM by appointment. No additional charge out of hours. Short notice available.
Types of client