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Lorraine J Hargraves MSc, UKCP, MBACP (Reg)

Narborough Leicester, Leicestershire, LE19
07570 798077 07570 798077 Registered / Accredited
Narborough Leicester, Leicestershire, LE19

About me

Hello and thank you for taking the time to find out more about me.

I believe that what's most important as a counsellor is my ability to offer you a caring refuge - a place where you can just be yourself, however that might be, yet with a sense of hope that things can get better.  A private, homely place where you can rely on my trustworthiness, warmth and commitment to understanding the world through your eyes.

I really want to understand what you hope to achieve through counselling to make sure I am the right person to provide the help you need, and to find a way of working together that's right for you at whatever pace feels comfortable. Therefore, the first meeting is free of charge. There will be various opportunities to ask questions so you can decide whether you would like to go ahead.

My overall aim is to help you accept the things you can't change, or find the inner strength to change the things you can. As well as providing everyday coping tools, I support my clients in gaining self-understanding, different ways of thinking and being and a better sense of control over their lives.

I use an Integrative approach, remaining open to different schools of thought and research evidence about the most effective ways of helping people.  This approach can be adapted to best suit each client, for short or time-limited counselling, or for longer-term, in-depth therapy.  Where it is appropriate for an individual's particular needs, I can bring other activities such as mindfulness, body awareness and art/drawing into our sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I gained my professional qualifications at the renowned Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI), training in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling for four years.  I achieved a Masters Degree in Science (MSc.), validated by Coventry University. Before that, I trained for three years in Psychodynamic Counselling at The University of Leicester. I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, schemes overseen by the Professional Standards Authority for UK healthcare professionals. I am bound by their ethical codes and required to continually engage in professional development.
  • I have several years' experience working with a broad range of clients and problems.  Aside from my well established private practice, I worked voluntarily for a large and much respected charitable counselling service for many years and completed a lengthy period as a director on the management committee there.  I have also worked voluntarily for a service dedicated to helping women and girls aged 14 or over who had suffered trauma, abuse, domestic violence and/or were trying to turn their lives around as ex-offenders in the criminal justice system. 

I am a member of MIND, the national mental health charity, and occasionally do some work for them such as reviewing their advice literature. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I had a career in the commercial sector and also worked for several years in the NHS.  I understand the demands and stresses of the workplace and how this might impact on a client’s well-being. 

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.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

UK Council for 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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

I charge £50 per 50 minute session for individuals.
For couples, sessions are generally 60 minutes weekly at a fee of £65.
There is no charge for an initial telephone enquiry and an initial meeting of up to 30 minutes can be arranged for a small fee.

Narborough Leicester
Leicestershire
LE19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

Please enquire - I try to be flexible to fit the needs of my clients.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Lorraine J Hargraves MSc, UKCP, MBACP (Reg)

Lorraine J Hargraves MSc, UKCP, MBACP (Reg)