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About me

I am an experienced Accredited Psychotherapist and an Accredited EMDR Practitioner.

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

I provide both in person and online therapy for people across Essex I also proide online therapy for people all over the UK and over the world.

The service I provide is friendly and empathic without judgement.

I specialise in trauma. I also help people who are suffering with feelings of anger, anxiety, depression and stress.

Relationship problems is also something else I can help you with.

I am the Director of Benfleet Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd. It is a successful, busy practice located in the heart of Benfleet helping people locally and also from many locations across Essex and London.

I have adapted my therapy sessions to enable me to work online. This has enabled her to help people from all over the country and over the world.

The online platforms that are used are Zoom and Bilateral Base. Bilateral Base is an online platform that has been specially designed to support EMDR Therapy, which has been proven to be very effective.

I have experience in helping children from the ages of 5 to adults of all ages.

I  believe that seeking therapy isn't a sign of weakness it's a sign of STRENGTH. It shows that you are unhappy with your life at this moment in time and you are now ready for CHANGE. It's a step in the right direction.

I will be there 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 will help you to 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, and an accredited EMDR Practitioner, aswell as an accredited member of The National Counselling Society. I am registered with the BACP and 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 attends courses to enhance my knowledge and keep up-to-date with the newest innovative approaches.

What happens...

Firstly an assessment appointment is made, either by email, text or telephone, which ever is more convenient for you. A brief description will be given on what is troubling at this moment in time.

At the assessment I will find out a little more about you, your history, medication, heath issues etc and then discuss  your reasons for seeking therapy. I will also discuss your expectations, goals and where you would like to be with your life in the future.
In this meeting we will both be able to decide whether we feel comfortable working with each other.

I will explain how I work and which type of therapy would help you most in your current situation.

I will help you to find the root cause of your issues, 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

My approach is integrative. This means that I am able to draw on all of my trainings and previous client experiences, life experiences and utilize use a wide range of counselling approaches, which will enable her to assess your needs and offer a unique service to each individual.

Some of my therapy approaches include EMDR (Eye Movemement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), TA (Transactional Analysis), SFBT (Solution Focussed Brief Therapy) Person Centred, Pyschodynamic and Mindfulness.

People seek counselling for many types of reasons but they all have one thing in common and that is unhappiness but the willingness to want to bring change to their lives.

Change can be difficult and can bring up a whole abundance of emotions. I will be there to support you through that journey.

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

Seeking counselling is a positive step in the right direction,

Why choose me for therapy?

  • Tailored therapy for each client
  • Friendly
  • Professional
  • Confidential
  • Caring
  • Non-judgemental
  • Fully qualified
  • Fully insured
  • Safe and comfortable environment
  • Provides counselling for all ages
  • DBS checked
  • Accredited Member of  Professional Bodies.
  • 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 and Level 2

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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

Offering therapy In person, Online and telephone.

In Person - Lorraine's practice is set in a peaceful location in the heart of Benfleet.

There is parking, its near to Benfleet Train station and bus routes.

On Line via Zoom and Bilateral Base (an online platform designed especially for EMDR Therapy)

Photos & videos


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • WPA

Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation.

Fees do vary please get in contact to discuss.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Mon- Fri 9.00am - 6.00pm Saturdays 10.30am - 2.00pm

Further information

In Person appointments are available to clients who do not feel comfortable seeing me online. This will be subject to complying with my terms and conditions and signing a Covid19 consent form.

My in person therapy sessions are limited, I provide hand sanitiser and can provide  face masks if you forget to bring your own.

My room is disinfected between clients, ensuring client and therapist safety at all times.

I also see clients who have health care insurance policies with the following healthcare providers:-

Vitality Health

Benfleet Counselling And Psychotherapy Ltd
Benfleet Water Tower
335 Benfleet Road


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I have a therapy rooms both on the ground floor and 2nd floor. If you struggle with stairs, please let me know and I will make sure that the ground floor therapy room is available.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to both students and qualified counsellors.

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Lorraine Bygrave

Lorraine Bygrave