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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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There is a small step into my office, but it is on the ground floor with a private wc for clients. Clients are welcome to park on the drive meaning only a few steps to the office.
Currently I only have weekday, daytime sessions available at my office in Colchester.
I also work online via secure platforms. Call or text for more information on 07809385374.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
As an Integral Therapist I am uniquely trained in many complete models of therapy and use which model is most appropriate for each client at that time.