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** In light of the current coronavirus situation I have moved my practice to working online using Zoom or offering telephone sessions.** I am fully trained and insured to offer online therapy and my practice fully meets the standards of competencies and is compliant with current data protection and GDPR laws.

We are all facing challenging times with much anxiety and uncertainty. Please get in touch for support if you are struggling to manage your feelings and cope with all the changes. I am with you in this tough time.

Life can be hard, you may be struggling in your relationships, feeling depressed or anxious, coping after a bereavement or you just don't feel quite right.

Perhaps your childhood experiences are affecting you in adult life. Maybe you and your partner are just not getting along and you need some help from someone that does not know you or your family....someone neutral and objective.

Counselling can help you explore, understand, perhaps accept and move on from such issues. If you feel ready to consider counselling then you are on the road to change which can be daunting as well as exciting!

My aim is to support whatever you may bring to sessions, to walk beside you as a supportive, friendly and ethical practitioner that will value your journey and hopefully help you understand who you are and what you can become.

A bit about Me

I knew I needed help when life changes, such as the death of my much loved Mum from cancer, left me feeling life was too difficult and overwhelming.

I appeared to be coping well...working, bringing up my daughters and seeing friends; but inside I was struggling. I understand how tough life can be sometimes and how scary asking for help can be. I found my own counselling challenging at first as I felt uncomfortable talking to a complete stranger...but now I regularly nip back to my counsellor when I feel I need to.

I am an experienced counsellor (member of the BACP accredited register) and have worked with all age groups including children, teenagers, adults and couples. I have worked within schools counselling children as well as parents.

I am a trained anxiety management counsellor with extensive experience in teaching anxiety management techniques and supporting clients to manage anxiety and stress in their lives.

I feel the heart of successful therapy is the relationship between counsellor and client. It's really important that you feel at ease with your counsellor.

Working together within this safe environment we can fully explore the issues and concerns that you bring, helping you to lead a happier life.

I work extensively with people that have suffered trauma such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, death and loss or sudden changes in life's circumstances. Being able to hear painful stories, heartbreaking experiences and feel compassion and kindness for my clients is essential for me to be able to help and heal. I am trained in working with trauma and supporting recovery from PTSD.

I work with a wide range of issues such as parenting issues, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, sexual and physical abuse, loss, bereavement, low mood, work stress, relationship issues, depression, low self esteem and confidence issues, change of life events (such as job change, relocation, divorce, injury and pain)

It's not always easy sometimes to figure out what exactly is 'wrong', so if you aren't sure why you don't seem to be enjoying life as much as you could, I will do my best to help you identify just what it is that will transform your life.

I am a registered member of ACTO (online counselling body) and NFS (National Fertility Society) so I can support men, women and couples experiencing fertility issues as well as carry out implications counselling for egg/sperm/emryo donors and recipients. 

My practice includes referrals from foster agencies, adoption organisations, schools and colleges and private companies looking for counselling or supervision. This is delivered via Zoom as an online session or I can provide one to one or group sessions in-house.

I am also a qualified Clinical Supervisor providing supervision, training and support to counsellors, nurses, acupuncturists, head teachers and teaching staff. Please email or call to discuss your needs.

I am also qualified to work with adoption including any issues from past adoption. My training was with Barnardos and I receive ongoing support and advice from them when needed.

I regularly attend ongoing professional development events, training and courses to ensure my skills and knowledge remain up-to-date as well as receiving regular supervision.

I also try and look after myself and encourage my clients to do the same. In this busy world we can too easily forget to practice some self-care and regard ourselves as an endless resource!

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP (Accredited Register)

MNCS (Accredited)

Prof M.ACTO (Registered member of the Association of Counselling and Therapy Online)

Prof M.NFS (Fertility Counselling)

BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling (NHS)
BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling (NHS)
Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision (NHS)

Online therapy accredited

Approved Adoption Counsellor (Barnardo's Adoption Service)

Full member of the I.C.O and GDPR compliant (Privacy policy available to view on my website www.acorncounsellingservice.co.uk)

Specialist fertility counselling

Fertility acupuncture

Trauma Therapist (Three phase trauma recovery model)Experienced in working with teenagers
Anxiety and depression
Filial Therapy (helping parents build relationships with their children through play)
CBT trained
PTLLS (teaching and training post 16 diploma)
Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Bereavement and loss
MARAC training (domestic violence support and risk assessment)
MOSAC (supporting non- abusive parents of abused children)
ASD/ADHD
Disordered eating and body image
Early Attachment and Neuroscience (Working with children and teenagers)
Self Esteem, Confidence and assertiveness
Working with trauma and PTSD
Crisis work (rape, violence, loss, trauma)
Past childhood abuse and trauma
Domestic abuse (male as well as female victims as well as impact on children)
Child Protection/Safeguarding
The Solihill Parenting Approach 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Trained and experienced in working with adult survivors of childhood abuse. Using my trauma three stage training I am able to help survivors to learn grounding techniques and staying present in order to process their trauma which leads to less flashbacks, dissociation and disconnection, less anxiety and depression and eventually leading to a happier life.

I offer coaching to clients who feel stuck in their careers and those who feel unsure what path to take next in life. This can be a highly rewarding and challenging process yet produces a shift and change that allows clearer direction and movement in life.

One of my joys is working with students undertaking counselling training. I offer supervision or counselling and provide a safe, caring and educative space that enables the student to feel supported and valued....and less daunted by the challenges of the training !

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • HealthAssured
  • Vitality

Additional information

Before you choose to work with me I suggest a 20 minute telephone call to get to know each other and see if we are a 'good fit'. There is no charge for this call.

Sessions are usually weekly and can be long or short term depending on your need....we discuss frequency of sessions and how long therapy may last when we begin and monitor it during therapy. It is important that you feel heard and your individual needs are considered and valued.

Fully insured and hold up to date DBS (formerly CRB)

Fully compliant with the new GDPR regulations and I.C.O registered

Fees are payable at each session and will be charged if cancellation within 48 hours or failure to attend.

Invoices can be issued on request.

For CPD Events and Training I offer please visit www.goldpartnership.org

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Online/telephone sessions 8.30m-4.30pm weekdays

Face to face sessions 9am- 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Further information

**Coronavirus update** I am fully qualified and registered to work as an online cyber therapist. I offer sessions using Zoom which is end to end encrypted and secure.

Please contact me to discuss whether counselling is suitable for you at this time and to ask any questions you may have. This can be an email, text or voice call.

The most important thing is to find a therapist that you can connect to and form a trusting relationship with.

If I am unable to answer immediately, please leave a voicemail with your name, number and a good time to call you back.

Confidentiality is highly valued and all client notes are held in a locked cabinet in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998.

Longfield
Gravesend
Kent
DA3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I provide supervision for counsellors, student counsellors, NHS nursing teams, school staff and acupuncturists. Either one to one or in groups.

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Lorraine Langridge

Lorraine Langridge