Lorraine Davis MSc Integrative Psychotherapist UKCP - BACP
Having the opportunity to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing objectively will provide you with the space to think and reflect on what keeps you in a place of unhappiness, despair or distress. Through shared exploration, we will explore troubling patterns to create and facilitate insight, which provides opportunities to consider different ways of responding, and reacting.
How we think, feel and behave, along with the relationships we experience can produce challenges which may be difficult, painful and overwhelming. You may wonder to what extent it is you, or other people that contributes to making everything seem so conflicting and distressing. If this resonates with you, and you are going around in circles not really understanding how to resolve anything, then counselling or psychotherapy is useful for creating insight into what is going on.
I am interested in working with you to try and understand what it is about the quality of relationships, with self and others, that is creating distress, and unhappiness. We all have unique social, cultural and life experiences which influences our identity, the sense of self, and our ways of relating. These influences and experiences, play a role in creating levels of despair, and emotional problems.
I am an experienced, qualified Integrative psychotherapist and counsellor. This means I am not aligned to one approach and so I draw on a framework of different therapeutic models which I use creatively and flexibly for each individual I work with.
I am interested in trying to help you to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, by exploring patterns and difficulties which I believe often lie in the past. I will take your worries, experience and concerns seriously, with empathy and sensitivity.
I believe that trauma, depression, obsessive ruminating thoughts, and anxiety stems from relational experiences, which can produce unhelpful patterns in other situations and relationships. These patterns can affect how we perceive and react to others, which produces ways of relating which may not always be helpful. This can influence how we communicate both internally to the sense of self, and externally to others, the outcome of which is cycles of distress, guilt, shame, anxiety, sadness, anger and overwhelming unhappiness.
I realise contacting a counsellor can be daunting, and feel very anxiety provoking. To encourage you to make contact what I would say is it is a misconception to think that you should be able to sort out your problems on your own. We all need help at sometime. So if you can make that first step, I am more than happy to speak to you over the telephone or through e-mail contact if that is easier. We can discuss what counselling or psychotherapy will involve, as well as what you want out of therapy without any obligation to set up sessions. If you decide you wish to proceed to set up sessions, we will undertake reviews on a regular basis, to see if the counselling support and therapy is helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with a wide range of experience working with clients on their emotional issues and difficulties including relationship breakdowns, infidelity, betrayal, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, anger management, trauma from childhood, addiction, bereavement, and abusive issues in relationships.
I hold an MSc Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in London, who are widely recognised as one of the leading training organisations in the UK, with a reputation for excellence, accredited by Middlesex University. I also hold a Post-Graduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Post-Graduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, both from the Metanoia Institute.
I have worked for over five years as a counsellor and therapist in the Milton Keynes area, and for other counselling services too.
I am a registered member of UKCP (a leading UK registration body for psychotherapists) and I am a registered member of the BACP (the profession’s largest registering and accreditation body for counsellors and psychotherapists) both of which promote best practice. I abide by their ethics and codes of practice. I am committed to continuing professional development.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £50.00 per hour whether it's daytime or evening.
Please note I am not able to offer appointments at the weekend.
I can offer appointments in the evenings and during the daytime. Due to COVID-19 I can only offer ONLINE appointments via ZOOM, FaceTime, or Skype