Lorraine Hemphrey, Registered MBACP (Dip Couns)
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I am an Integrative Counsellor, meaning I am trained to use several therapeutic approaches. This enables me to draw on a range of skills to support clients and give them the individual support they need.
I am located in Bluebell Hill Village, which is a good location for people travelling from most areas of Kent. It is next to Junction 3 of the M2. I am situated in a relaxing, rural location which has plenty of free parking and disabled access.
I have extensive experience in working with clients with many different mental health problems. Apart from my private practice, I work with the charity 'Mind' as a sessional counsellor, supporting people going through the IAPT system (NHS system). I am experienced with both short -term and long-term counselling.
I endeavour to create a comforting and friendly environment, giving you a safe space that is free from judgement or expectation. I want my clients to get the right treatment that is right for them.
I understand that life can become overwhelming and our emotions 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, worrying and overthinking all the time and getting frustrated with normal day-to-day events.
Often the most difficult thing to handle are our relationships. This may be with parents, siblings, partners, children or friends. Sometimes the only people we have to confide in are too close to the problem to give you the support you need. Talking to someone who is impartial can help you see the matter clearer. I can help you to explore why you are experiencing these thoughts and feelings, find an alternative way of approaching the situation and support you to find your own inner strength to solve the problem yourself.
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 and they set the pace.
I am trained to use CBT therapy, which is good for tackling many mental health issues particularly anxiety. It can challenge and change if necessary, Negative Automatic Thoughts, Dysfunctional assumptions and work toward correcting unhelpful Core Beliefs. 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. It can seem very instructive, structured and guiding, which can be helpful, but I believe it presenting it in a person-centred manner,. It is always about the relationship.
It could be that you have trouble expressing yourself and feel that others always have the upper hand. You may benefit in some assertiveness training. We could all do with being a bit more assertive in certain area of our life, maybe at home with close family members or at work with work colleagues or the boss. By not being heard when it is important to us, it can lower our self-esteem and cause us to feel low. With just a few sessions you can better understand your situation and find your voice.
I am able to offer short-term or long-term counselling on a weekly basis. I can also accommodate session more often or maybe fortnightly or monthly. However, I would advise that you start with weekly sessions, so we can build a good relationship. I have sessions available on different days and times. All my sessions are an hour long. I would never counsellor a client if I don’t believe I can help them, but I will support people to get the help that they need. I have built 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 can also support you with telephone counselling and I am in the process of setting up some counselling over the internet, using Skype.
I am dedicated to supporting people with their mental health. I, myself have had occasions when I have sort counselling myself and know how important it is to have the right support and from the right person. 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.
I have completed training in-house with Mind and Greenwich University on CBT and working with younger people.
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
£45 for a 60-minute session.
I do take debit or credit cards, if you find this more convenient, which there will be an additional admin charge.