Lorraine Cookson - Senior Accred. Counsellor and Supervisor
I am a qualified Adult and Child Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP offering individual and couple counselling sessions in Colchester. Individual sessions are offered to children, adolescents and adults. Couple sessions are offered to any two people who both want to work on their relationship; this could be partners, parent and child, or siblings.
People often come to therapy for a specific reason, a life event or some area of difficulty that is troubling them. Or perhaps there is no specific event that you can name but a feeling of being lost or confused, experiencing anxiety or depression. By offering a non-judgemental empathetic space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings, I can help clients find the clarity and understanding they are looking for.
Sometimes clients are not sure why they are looking for counselling but have a general sense that something is wrong and a feeling of unhappiness or discontent with their lives. I'm very happy to work this feeling to help you understand why you are feeling that way.
My assessment and overall approach is usually drawn from person-centred therapy, which means I hold a safe, empathetic space for you to talk and explore your feelings; gently offering questions and observations on what I hear you saying so that you can further investigate and understand yourself. However, as a uniquely trained Integral Therapist, I have studied many models of therapy (such as Gestalt; psycho-dynamic; CBT) and can draw on this range of knowledge to use techniques and exercises that may help you best at that moment.
I offer open ended sessions which means clients can decide when they are ready to stop.
I am a Senior Accredited Registrant Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and as such I follow their code of conduct and adhere to their ethical framework. I am also a member of the Association of Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), having completed training to work safely online.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
Certificate in Creative Therapies, Life Force, Colchester
Certificate in Supervision, Person-Centred Workshops, Colchester
Certified Cyber Therapist, Online Therapy Institute
Couple Counselling Training, Life Force, Colchester
Receptive Imagery in Counselling, Anglia Rusking University
Diploma of Higher Education in Integral Therapeutic Counselling, Anglia Ruskin University
Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
I have worked in Mental Health care settings since 2004, working in numerous roles and environments, including The Priory Hospital. These experiences have enabled me to work with a variety of people experiencing a range of difficulties and disorders. Including but not limited to eating disorders; addictions; depression; anxiety; and personality disorders.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with adults, adolescents, children and couples.
I have a particular interest and experience working with relationship issues; parenthood difficulties; step and blended families; stress; anxiety; depression; childhood trauma; self esteem; body confidence; sexuality; pressure of expectations; eating disorders; and feelings of being unfulfilled, stuck or lost.
I also have experience working with paraphilic disorders, including sex and porn addictions and sexual dysfunctions.
I really enjoy working creatively and welcome this in the counselling room. Working creatively is a powerful way to express locked in feelings.
Initial 15-20 Minute Telephone Appointment: £0
Individual Counselling Sessions: £45
Couple Counselling Sessions: £55 for 60 minutes
Concessions may be available in certain circumstances, please contact me for further information.
Payment is due at the end of each session. I accept cash, debit/credit card or bank transfer. I do ask that bank transfers are made 24 hours before the session.
I ask for 48 hours notice of cancellations otherwise my full fee will be charged.
After working with clients for many years I know that one of the most important things for clients is flexibility, not only in models of therapy I can offer but in the way I can offer therapy. And one of the most enjoyable things about working in private practice for me is the ability to work with a variety of clients in a variety of ways, this is why I have completed further training to be able to offer more avenues for therapy.
Online counselling is available via a secure online platform, instant messages or email. Please contact me for more details.