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Lorraine Bygrave Accredited CBT/EMDR Psychotherapist, Integrative Counsellor

Benfleet SS7 & Southend-on-sea SS1
07577 676006 07577 676006 07577 676006 07577 676006 Registered / Accredited
Benfleet SS7 & Southend-on-sea SS1

About me

I'm Lorraine an experienced qualified Accredited Counsellor , Psychotherapist, Supervisor, CBT and an Accredited EMDR Europe Practitioner.

I am also an Approved Adoption Counsellor by Barnado's LINK.

I offer a friendly, safe and confidential service for people across Essex.

Anger,anxiety,depression,stress,relationship problems are just a few of the issues which I cover.

I have practices in both Benfleet and Southend-on-Sea making it accessible for clients from many locations across Essex.

I have experience in counselling people from the ages of 5 to 85, male, female, individuals, couples and families.

I feel that seeking counselling isn't a sign of weakness it's a sign of STRENGTH. It shows that you are unhappy with your life at the moment and that you are ready for CHANGE.

It's a step in the right direction. I am here for YOU to LISTEN and HELP you find the ANSWERS.

One of the hardest things is making that first phone call, I understand how difficult it is but once that call has been made it shows a sign that your inner strength is helping you through.

I cannot tell you what to do do or give you advice but I can help you explore your own thoughts and feelings and develop skills that will help you now and in the future. I will help and support you in finding your own insights and ways of working through your difficulties.

Counselling can help with confidence, communication, assertiveness and anger problems. It can help you to look at things from another perspective.

I am fully insured, a accredited member of The National Counselling Society and a registered member of the BACP of whom which I hold a certificate of proficiency. I also hold an enhanced
DBS certificate for working with children.

I am committed to on-going professional development and regularly attend courses to enhance my knowledge and keep up-to-date with today’s approaches.

What happens...

Firstly an assessment appointment is made, either by email, text or telephone, which ever is more convenient for you.

At the assessment we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and what expectations you have and what goals you wish to achieve.

We will also establish whether we feel comfortable working with each other, I will explain to you how I work and set the boundaries.

We will work together to help you find the root of the issues in which you are experiencing, confront them and move forward into a new more satisfying lifestyle, whilst offering a safe environment for you to explore the issues that are affecting your life.

Therapy Approach

I work integratively. This means that I'm able to use a wide range of counselling approaches, which will enable me to assess your needs and offer a unique service to each individual.

I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), TA (Transactional Analysis), SFBT (Solution Focussed Brief Therapy) Person Centred, Pyschodynamic and EMDR (Eye Movemement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

People seek counselling for many types of reasons but they all have one thing in common and that is they are unhappy with the way their lives are and want to change it.

Change can be difficult and can bring up a whole wealth of emotions. I'm here to support you through that journey.

You will be able to discover new skills which you never knew you had.

Seeking counselling is a positive step in the right direction,

Why choose me for counselling?

  • Tailored counselling for each client
  • Friendly
  • Professional
  • Confidential
  • Caring
  • Non-judgemental
  • Fully qualified
  • Fully insured
  • Safe and comfortable environment
  • Provides counselling for all ages
  • DBS checked
  • Member of a Professional Body.
  • Adoption Trained
  • Committed to Ongoing Professional Development

Training, qualifications & experience

Image Transformation Therapy

EMDR Levels 1,2,3 and 4

EMDR Child Trauma Training Level 1

EMDR AccreditationEMDR Complex Trauma Certificates

EMDR - Pain Control - Mark Grant

EMDR - RTEP (Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol)

EMDR - GTEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol)

Hosted by Trauma Response Network in order to aid immediate responses to Mass Trauma and Acts of Terrorism within the U.K

Attachment-Focussed Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused As Children

with Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.

The Feeling- State Addiction Protocol with Robert Miller, Ph.D.

Image Transformation Therapy

Eating Disorders and EMDR with Pam Virdi

Rewiring the Addicted Brain with Laurel Parnell.

Flash Technique with Philip Manfield

Approved by the Police Firearms Officers Association

Approved Adoption Counsellor by Barnardos LINK

Certificate in Counselling Supervision

Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Certificate of Proficiency British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Level 4 AQA Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 2 AQA Introduction to Counselling Concepts.

Level 2 AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills

Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People

Certificate for Supporting Substance Misuse Clients Awareness

Certificate for Children Family and Play

Certificate for Safeguarding Children Training

Certificate For Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults.

Certificate For An Introduction To Family Therapy

Familiar with attachment and trauma, adopted, foster children and their carers.

Certificate of Attendance on Offender Behaviour & Specialist Risk Assessment

Certificate of Attendance on the Management of ADHD and associated problems in Children

Certificate of Attendance For Open Door In House Safeguarding Children and Case Management training.

Certificate of Attendance For Sexual Health Awareness Foundation Training (SHAFT)

Certificate of Achievement on successful completion of the "Losing The Will To Live: Self Harm and Suicide" Training

Certificate of Attendance Jim Knipe's "EMDR Toolbox"

AIP Methods for treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure

A weekend with Master EMDR Clinician Jim Knipe


My private practice is Benfleet Counselling http://benfleetcounselling.co.uk/ and I work with people of all ages covering many different issues.

I work with couples who are experiencing relationship problems and individuals who come to see me with a number of different problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, low confidence, phobias, bereavement are to name just but a few.

In my private practice I work with EAP's, schools both primary and secondary and also Banardos LINK where I counsel individuals and families where they have some connection with adoption.

I have experience in working a charity based in Thurrock where I counselled children from the ages of 5 to adolescents to young adults.

I have worked in both primary and secondary schools helping children with lots of different issues, such as parents break-up, bullying, bereavement, low self-esteem, low self confidence and anger management.

I have counselled adults suffering with drug and alcohol addictions.

In addition to this I also counsel residents, staff and relatives of residents who are suffering with dementia at a Dementia Care home based in Leigh on sea Essex.

I offer counselling support with the following issues:

  • Anger issues / Anger management
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Dissatisfaction with life and feeling down
  • Low self esteem
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work Related Stress
  • Addictions (Drug and Alcohol)
  • Bullying
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Abuse
  • Flashbacks
  • Phobias
  • Self Harm

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


EMDR Association UK


Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

Now Practicing EMDR trained to level 4 and Accredited by EMDR Europe.

EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by a clinical psychologist, Dr

Francine Shapiro. A wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating the benefits of EMDR in

treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood

abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Recent research

also suggests benefits of using EMDR in treating a number of condition including anxiety disorders,

depression and chronic pain. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


Please visit for more information :- https://benfleetcounselling.co.uk/about/fees/

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Appointments available from 9.00am - 5.30pm. Mon - Fri

Saturday Morning appointments available.

Online Therapy is available to help make therapy accessible for all no matter where you live in the country or world!

Please ask for further details.

I am based in Benfleet Road Benfleet Essex. There is parking and it is not far from the train station or bus routes.

I also practice in Southend-on-Sea, which is located 1 minute from Southend Central Railway station. There is plenty of parking and a number of bus routes that come into this very central location.

I am qualified to be listed on the National Counselling Society Accredited register MNCS (Acc) and I'm also a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I am an Accredited member of EMDR Europe and Ireland.

Benfleet Counselling
Benfleet Water Tower
335 Benfleet Road


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


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Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I offer supervision to both students and qualified counsellors.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Lorraine Bygrave Accredited CBT/EMDR Psychotherapist, Integrative Counsellor

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