I'm Lorraine, a fully qualified counsellor & Registered Member British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I have experience of providing counselling within various settings. As well as my private practice counselling, I'm also Co-founder of Open To Change Essex, addiction support group in Brentwood, Essex. My experience so far has led me to work with clients who have had a wide range of issues e.g. Depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, abuse, loss & grief, bereavement, low self-esteem, dyslexia-related issues, etc.
My counselling room/log cabin is situated in my garden and has suitable access for wheelchair users (lightweight folding wheelchair) Please see photos at bottom of page.
Sometimes it can feel like life's events are starting to weigh you down and you feel like you could do with a helping hand. One of the first steps you can take to lighten your load and start looking after yourself and your wellbeing is to enter into counselling, which from personal experience can feel like a daunting first step to take. Let me reassure you within counselling I will provide a professional, warm, reflective therapeutic relationship in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment, which will allow you to go at your own pace while you discover more about yourself.
I can offer both short term, up to 6-12 weeks and long term 12 weeks or more, counselling.
I have an integrative; multi-model approach, which includes Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Humanistic/Person-Centred Therapy, which I tailor to your individual needs.
Each individual has their own path to follow and a different view of what is happening around them, which at times may feel rather unsettling and confusing. My aim is to focus on you and understand your issues from your perspective which will enable me to gain a sense of awareness of your needs and how your issues are impacting on your life. Within my work, I specialise in individual counselling and offer a high level of professionalism and understanding. I will help guide you on your journey in finding a new or different sense of being, allowing you to make your own choices, without giving you advice or expressing my opinions.
I offer a safe space where you are encouraged to explore, identify and connect with your inner thoughts and feelings, and how you interact or perceive your surroundings.
I regularly update my counselling knowledge and skills by participating in; Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops
Counselling is a personal relationship between you and your counsellor and requires mutual trust, openness and honesty. To establish this trust, it is important that we match. I would like to invite you for a preliminary talk so that we can get to know each other and choose the right direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- Advanced Supervision Skills (BPS Approved)
- Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision)
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- AQA Counselling Skills
- AQA Introduction to Counselling
Continued Professional Development Training
- CBT Introductory Course
- Working with Abuse, Trauma & Dissociation
- Understanding Anger (and rage)
- Working with Addictions
- Attachment Theory from the inside
- Bereavement & Loss
- Mindfulness Skills in Practice
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dyslexia related issues.
Concessions offered for
I offer the first assessment session £25, so we can meet and discuss what is troubling you, and for us to establish if I'm the appropriate person to help you.
- Individual counselling £35 per 50mins counselling session
- Students & Trainees £30 per 50mins counselling session