Lorraine Hedges BA(Hons), MBACP
I am a BACP registered counsellor (register number 333403) offering professional counselling to adult clients. I have worked as a counsellor in Watford and Winchester over a number of years, and prior to this I had some experience conducting annual reviews of the efficacy of therapeutic communities around the UK.
I currently offer counselling online via Zoom or in person in a quiet venue in Winchester city centre and currently have space on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays for new clients. The closest parking is a few minutes walk away at Tower Street and the venue is accessible by the town's main bus routes, or approx 10 mins walk from the train station. There are stairs in the building to get to the counselling room.
Sessions last for 1 hour (usually weekly) at a regular and mutually convenient time for ongoing counselling. This may be short or long term work, we will identify clear goals in our first session which we will regularly review our work to ensure you are getting what you want and need from the time we have together.
If you would like further details or to book an initial session please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text on 07763213210.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience in working with a wide range of issues, although I am particularly passionate about working with clients who have experienced trauma or abuse, who are experiencing suicidal feelings, thoughts, or impulses, or dissociation, or who have a personality disorder diagnosis. I have had specific training in using the CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) Framework to work with clients to manage, explore, and understand these thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
My training (BA degree) is in integrative counselling, which means I have experience of working in a variety of ways with clients, from traditional talking therapy to more creative ways of exploring issues, as well as CBT and DBT skills, mindfulness, and relaxation. It is important that you find a way to explore your issues that best suits you - one size doesn't fit all - and hopefully a varied approach in counselling will help you do that. I place a strong emphasis in the way I work on the therapeutic relationship we create together, as this provides the safety for you to explore the issues that are troubling you.
I also do regular ongoing training and continuing professional development in a variety of areas. This has recently included:
- IFS - Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Trauma studies
- Gender identity
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Domestic abuse
- Effect of extreme religious organisations
- Self harm
- Vicarious trauma.
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
Sessions cost £50.
I offer a limited number of sessions per week for set reduced fees - at cost price, based on financial need. Due to the open ended nature of counselling work, if these slots are already allocated to other clients I am unable to indicate when a reduced fee slot may become available.
If you would like further details or to book an initial session please contact me by email, phone or text.