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About me

I am a BACP registered counsellor (register number 333403) offering therapy to adult clients. I have worked as a counsellor in Watford, and more recently Winchester over a number of years, as well as online. Prior to this I had some experience conducting annual reviews of the efficacy of therapeutic communities around the UK.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience in working with a wide range of issues with clients, although I am particularly passionate about working with clients who:

  • experienced early attachment disruption
  • experienced/experiencing trauma or abuse, including transgenerational/childhood/adulthood trauma
  • have a personality disorder diagnosis
  • experience dissociation
  • experience self harm or suicidal feelings, thoughts, or impulses

My initial training (BA degree) was in integrative counselling, which means I have trained in a variety of ways of working with clients - from traditional talking therapy to more creative ways of exploring issues such as art, sand tray, or drama techniques. I also use CBT, DBT, and mindfulness skills. I have subsequently trained in the CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) Framework, completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Studies, and a Certificate in Internal Family Systems therapy, all of which I use when appropriate in my work with clients. I am currently working towards further qualifications in Transactional Analysis, and Complex Trauma.

I participate in regular continuing professional development workshops in a variety of areas to enhance my therapeutic work with clients. These have included:

  • Therapy and use of psychiatric medication
  • Bereavement through COVID
  • Working with boarding school survivors
  • Narrative therapy and imagery re-scripting
  • Gender identity
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Effect of extreme religious organisations
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Self-harm

Member organisations

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.

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.

Fees

Sessions cost £50.

I also offer a limited number of sessions per week with set reduced fees based on financial need. These are offered at cost price.

Due to the often open ended nature of counselling work, if these slots are already allocated I will be unable to indicate when a reduced fee slot may become available.

Further information

It can be hard to take the first steps and reach out to ask for help. Please feel free to send me an email at lorraine.hedges@outlook.com or text, WhatsApp, or call 07763213210 / 01962392296, to discuss how we could work together, without obligation. Remember: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao Tzu

If you are in crisis please contact Samaritans on 116123, your GP, or attend A&E if appropriate.

34 Staple Gardens
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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

There are stairs in the building to get to the counselling room. The closest parking is a few minutes walk away at Tower Street. Alternatively, the venue is accessible by the town's main bus routes, or 5-10 mins walk from the train station.

Availability

I offer counselling in person and/or online.

For sessions in person, I have procedures in place to minimise the risk of Covid transmission.

Types of client

Adults
Lorraine Hedges BA(Hons), MBACP

Lorraine Hedges BA(Hons), MBACP