Lorraine J Hargraves MSc, UKCP, MBACP (Reg)
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I charge £50 per 50 minute session for individuals.
For couples, sessions are generally 60 minutes fortnightly at a fee of £65.
There is no charge for an initial telephone enquiry, neither is there for a first assessment appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please enquire - I try to be flexible to fit the needs of my clients.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|