Lorna McKenzie MA, MBACP (Accredited) UKRCP Reg. Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I trained at Durham University, as a Person Centred counsellor and I work within the ethical framework of the Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am an Accredited Member of the BACP.
I worked as a counsellor within an NHS hospital for many years and have well over 3500 hours counselling experience in a wide number of areas.
These are a few of the types of difficulties in which I have experience in counselling:
- Anger management
- Death of a baby by miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death
- Gynaecological problems, e.g. Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) or Vaginismus (spasm in the muscles of the vagina)
- Low self esteem or confidence
- Post natal depression
- Post traumatic stress
- Psychosexual problems
- Termination of pregnancy decision making and the aftermath of the decision
- Work related issues
For a long time I was a Samaritan volunteer speaking with Callers both on the telephone and face to face. As a Samaritan I was privileged to be with the people who called when they were at their lowest ebb, when they were despairing and very often suicidal. Sometimes it was through talking and sharing the difficulties that we were able to find ways or techniques for tackling the problems and finding solutions.
I learned much as a Samaritan volunteer and it was partially due to my experience in that Organisation that I decided to learn more and take Counsellor training.
What will happen when we meet?
If you haven't attended for counselling before, and even if you have, you may
like to know what will happen when we meet.
Initially, after introductions we will discuss the practicalities and our
expectations of each other such as:
- Domestic issues regarding health and safety etc.
- Length of counselling sessions and how many sessions may be required.
- How we maintain contact.
- Procedure to follow if a session has to be cancelled.
- Duty of Care.
After this the time will be yours to outline what benefit you hope to gain
from counselling and we will work together to find the best way of improving
your emotional well being.
Sometimes simply telling me how it is for you can clarify your thinking and
solutions can emerge from the telling. At other times it may be that some
techniques can be learned that will help in dealing with difficulties you are
At all times I will respect the responsibility you have for your own life and
will support and encourage you to have the confidence to follow the route that
is best for you.
At the end of our time together I would hope that you would have gained
skills that will help at times of future difficulties and that you will feel
better equipped to deal with life.
I am happy to offer short or long-term therapy as required.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling - Durham University
- MA in Counselling - Durham University
- Counselling Supervision - NCFE
- EFT Level 2 Accredited Practitioner - AAMET
- Accredited Bereavement Counsellor - CRUSE Bereavement Care
- CBT - Newcastle Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies Centre
- Professional Certificate in Management - Open University
Over the years I have become more varied and eclectic in my approach to counselling as I have gained experience in a variety of counselling interventions such as:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - I have found EFT to be very effective in all sorts of situations. I am a Level 2 Accredited AAMET EFT Practitioner and have found EFT to be helpful with a variety of emotional difficulties including, anxiety, trauma, bereavement and phobias to name but a few.
Supervision - I have been a qualified NCFE Supervisor of Counsellors for a number of years.
Bereavement - Over the years, I have supported people who have been bereaved in a variety of ways. I am an Accredited counsellor in Bereavement Support with Cruse and have counselled people bereaved by illness, sudden death, trauma, suicide as well as the death of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death. Cruse is a charity which offers counselling support to anyone suffering from the effects of a bereavement. I have been a voluntary counsellor and supervisor for Cruse for a number of years.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stillbirth, Miscarriage, Neonatal Death, Psychosexual, Hysterectomy, Women's Health, Vaginismus, Dyspareunia, Menopause
My fees are: £40 for a fifty minute individual counselling session Monday to
Friday and £50 for couples, also for 50 minutes.
Counselling supervision can be arranged fees as outlined above.
I do have special rates e.g. for students, and will be happy to discuss
Currently due to COVID 19 I am working via video or telephone only. Normally I counsel at the Age UK building in Ashington
Testimonial: I was delighted to receive the following testimonial from a client seen recently. I have been given permission to publish the content on my profile.
"I believe the start of my counselling with Lorna did coincide with my reaching a point where I was more open and receptive to help, having said that I do feel without Lorna's support and guidance I would not have moved forward as well as I have.
Lorna has allowed me the opportunity to initially offload emotions that had become deeply embedded over years.
With Lorna's help I have been able to identify instances that I have found traumatic and upsetting in the past.
She has helped me process and evaluate the triggers of the depression.
She has developed my self-awareness introducing me to tools like journalling.
To take ownership but accept that there are imitations.
I have found the whole experience very positive.
I would like to thank Lorna for her gentle approach and patience."
NR - Tyneside.