Lorraine Hemphrey, Registered MBACP (Dip Couns)
Maidstone Community Support Centre
39-48 Marsham Street
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I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches. This enables me to draw on a range of skills to support my clients and give them the individual support they need. Each client gets a tailor-made treatment, just for them.
Apart from my private practice, I currently work with the charity Mind as a sessional counsellor. This work is very rewarding as I am able to support people going through the IAPT system (the NHS system). Here I come in contact with many different people and has given me experience in dealing with many different emotional issues.
I am trained to use CBT therapy, which is good for tackling many forms of anxiety and depression. CBT can challenge and change if necessary, Negative Automatic Thoughts, Dysfunctional assumptions and Core Belief. It can strengthen your thought processes and support you to be more confident in relationships and social situations. CBT can be very helpful for phobias and addictions. CBT can seem very instructive and structured which can be helpful, but I believe it presenting it in a person-centred manner, so you feel supported to go at your own pace and understanding.
I understand that life can become overwhelming and our emotions can be too difficult to handle alone. Life-changing events such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or adapting to a change in your physical health can be hard to deal with alone. For example, when you are not sleeping well, feel you are worrying about nothing or you are getting frustrated with normal day-to-day events. I have experienced many of these situations first hand and know that they can disable any of us.
Often the most difficult thing to handle is our relationships. This may be with parents, siblings, partners, children or friends. Sometimes you or the people you are confiding in can be too close to the problem to see how to get through it. Talking to someone that is impartial can help you see the matter clearer. I can help you discover why you are experiencing these thoughts and feelings and find alternative ways of approaching your emotions and behaviour and find your own inner strength to deal with these situations.
It could be that you have trouble expressing yourself and you would like to be more assertive. We could all do with being a bit more assertive in some area of our life, maybe at home with our partners or parents, or at work with work colleagues or the boss. By not being heard when it is important to us, it can lower out self-esteem and cause us to feel low. With a few practice situations and raising your self-believe we can work toward tackling this.
I believe in creating a comforting and friendly environment, giving you a safe space that is free from judgement or expectation. I believe in everyone getting the right treatment to suit them, so I make sure that I am up-to-date with my training and have a good knowledge of what else is out there for my clients. I can refer you on to other professionals if they are better suited to you or point you in the right direction.
I am able to offer short-term or long-term counselling on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However, I would advise that you start with weekly sessions. These sessions can be booked in daytime, evening or weekend slots. All my sessions are an hour long and will run at an easily manageable pace. Your first session will be an hour and 15 minutes, which will enable us to get to know each other and plan your future therapy. I understand that some people will find counselling very challenging, as they are unlocking particularly painful emotions they have had for many years and therefore may wish to work slowly and with care. In my therapy the client is always in charge.
My counselling room is in Maidstone town centre, in the Maidstone Community Support Centre, which has ample parking nearby. My room is easily accessible, so I am able to facilitate anyone with disabilities. If you are unsure what you need and would like to call me for a chat I am happy to take your call.
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their ethical framework. I would advise you to look on their website as there are many tips on finding a counsellor to suit you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
The main therapies I use are:
Psychodynamic therapy - This helps you to look back on past life events and experiences in order to bring forth those difficult feelings from your unconscious so that you can deal with them.
Person-centred counselling - This gives you the support to find your own inner strengths to help you move forward and grow.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – This helps you to change your thinking patterns and behaviour and is particularly helpful when dealing with addiction or particular habits.
Existential therapy – This focuses on the here and now and allows you to explore your place in the world, to face your anxieties and embrace your own freedom of choice. This can be particularly helpful for people with a terminal illness or those experiencing a life transition, as it can give you a more optimistic outlook on life.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- 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 issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£35 per 60-minute session and the first session which is 75 minutes long. I do take debit or credit cards, if you find this more convenient, which there will be an additional £1 admin charge.
I do have a small amount of slots for people in financial difficulty, so please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available to call 9am - 10pm, any day of the week. I do have evening and weekend slots available
Types of client