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BSc (Hons) Psych. MA - Relationship Therapy.

About me

I offer relationship and sex therapy face to face, as well as online, in my home office in Wokingham.  I have been working with couples with 12 years, and am at present completing a formal Sex Therapy (PG Dip).  This enables me to expand my practice to couples and individuals who have questions and challenges around their intimacy, sexuality or gender which may be adversely affecting their lives and relationships. 

Couples and individuals seeking counselling for their relationships are usually desperate for change or clarity, my aim is to quickly introduce better communication from the outset of counselling. Couples who are able to talk at home usually get more out of counselling. On a par with this aim is offering an opportunity for clients to explore deep seated worries without judgment or expectation.
My ten years experience at Relate has given me the opportunity to work with people of varied cultures, unconventional circumstances and with added challenges to their communication abilities. Ages range from late teens to 'very mature' and they rarely fail to astound me with their ability to change, enabling them to get more out of life and enjoy all their relationships again. I prefer to gauge what style of counselling people respond to, this includes integrative, psychotherapy, systemic, Brief solution-focused, narrative or CBT. Many people respond to some simple coaching in behavioural change.
Therapy extends to couples as well as individuals and family members, who are having difficulties with communication and enjoying the company of people they love.

I have been a trainer for separated parents assisting with communication and support, resulting in less need to use the court system. As well as offering Anger Management courses for clients who are finding that battling to control their anger is impinging on their relationships and work.

I offer appointments on selected weekdays/evenings and Saturday mornings in my Wokingham home office where there is ample off-road parking.

Information on one day Relationship Enrichment Workshops can be found at www.lorraineoconnor.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

MA in Relationship Therapy
BSC (Hons) Psychology
Relate certificate
PTLLS

At present completing a PG (Dip) in Sex Therapy

Trainer delivering Cafcass Separated Parents Information Programme
Delivering one-day Anger Management courses, as well as individual 12-week programme


Additional courses include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • BRIEF Solution focussed therapy
  • Attachment
  • Internet addiction
  • Domestic violence
  • Anger management
  • The relationship between Rage and Anger
  • Modifying behaviours in communication

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parenting in divided or blended families

Sex Therapy - Questions around sexuality and/or gender, issues with intimate relationships.

Individuals, couples and other.

Fees

Additional information

£55.00 for introductory sessions.

If you would like ongoing appointments:

£60-00 per counselling hour

One day Relationship Enrichment workshop £195.00 per couple, further information and booking form www.lorraineoconnor.co.uk

When I work

Tuesday eve, Wednesday and Thursday day and Saturday morning.

Various workshop dates

Wokingham, Berks, RG41

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families