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About me

An integrative therapist and experienced bereavement and loss counsellor

In a busy, noisy world I will truly hear you.

Please note: At present I am working online via Zoom or on the telephone but will return to face-to-face work when the current restrictions ease.

How counselling can help you

Life can be a tough journey at times and it can seem even worse when you feel that you are walking alone. I would like to share that journey with you. I can offer you a safe therapeutic space to explore those aspects of your life that are troubling you, to reflect on your feelings and to consider the changes you may want to make. I am also an experienced grief and loss counsellor and will support you in your time of need.

I will work with you with empathy and acceptance and from a non-judgemental approach. The relationship we build together is key to explore your emotions, your patterns of behaviour and your past experiences.

About me and my therapy practice

As a qualified integrative therapist and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) you can be assured that our work will adhere to their ethical framework and that I will maintain confidentiality and high standards of professional conduct. I offer short-term or longer-term therapy, according to your needs. I work with adults, young people and children.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked as a primary school teacher and I have also worked with mental health service users, both in the community and in hospital settings. During my training and more recently, I have been working with a leading bereavement charity supporting bereaved adults and in a primary school working with a national charity supporting young children through play therapy.

I attend regular supervision in order to reflect on my work and to develop my skills. In addition I undertake regular continuing professional development.

As an integrative therapist I draw on many therapeutic models within the context of a strong therapeutic bond and according to your own needs. By working with the psychodynamic model, we will reflect on how your experience of early life determines your relationships and behaviour in the present. I believe that we all have the capacity to grow and to develop our potential when in a safe, non-judgemental environment where we are highly regarded as unique individuals. We will walk side by side in this journey of self-discovery and, by working together, we will have the opportunity to explore how you relate with others and what implications this may have in your life and relationships.

What to expect in your counselling session

Our sessions will usually be weekly for fifty minutes but there is some scope for flexibility in this, subject to other commitments. Our first session will be a thirty-minute initial assessment, via the telephone. This will be a chance for us to explore whether we can work together and for you to decide if you would like to proceed with counselling at this time. This session will be free of charge.

As I believe counselling should be available for everyone, I do offer some sessions at concessionary rates, subject to availability and dependent on circumstances. Please contact me for more information about this.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate of Proficiency British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MA Education
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Bereavement Support Foundation Course
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Supervision Course

Professional Experience

  • School based counsellor Place2Be, September 2018 to present
  • Bereavement counsellor and supervisor Cruse Bereavement Care, January 2019 to present
  • Cruse Bereavement Care National Helpline bereavement support worker, June 2020 to present

I have also had wide experience in supporting mental health service users both in hospital and the community.

Continuing Professional Development

I undertake regular CPD of which recent training has included:

  • Working with Children with SEND (Place2Be)
  • Working with Difference and Diversity (Place2Be)
  • Making Endings with Children (Place2Be)
  • Helping Children tell their Stories (Place2Be)
  • Children's Emotional Wellbeing (Place2Be)
  • Hidden Harm (Place2Be)
  • Sudden and Traumatic Death (Cruse)
  • Suicide (Cruse)
  • Attachment and Impact of Abuse on Clients (Cruse)
  • Concepts of Bereavement (Cruse)
  • Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief (Cruse)
  • Ongoing Telephone Support (Cruse)
  • Trauma Awareness (Cruse)
  • Initial Telephone Support/Assessment and Triage (Cruse)
  • The Changing Landscape of College and School-based Counselling (BACP)
  • Working with Suicide Remotely (Cruse)
  • Working with Clients on Zoom (Cruse)
  • Supervisors' Training Course (Cruse)
  • Working with Creative Approaches Online and Telephone

Member organisations

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

  • Weekly sessions £45 for a fifty-minute session.
  • Initial session, a thirty-minute telephone session free of charge (to explore whether we can work together and for you to decide if you would like to proceed with counselling at this time.)
  • Concessionary rates available, dependent on circumstances. Please contact me for more information.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night
  • Daytime appointments, Monday to Friday 9 to 6pm
  • Evening appointments available Wednesday and Thursday
  • Flexible hours available

Further information

My practice is based in my home which offers a discreet, confidential space with ample on-street parking and good connections via public transport. Please note however that due to current restrictions I am currently working via Zoom or the telephone.

68 Ashgrove Road
Ashford
Surrey
TW15 1PD

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My home is a bungalow but there is a step up to the door. Please note that I offer counselling sessions both by telephone and Zoom and may be able to offer a home visit once restrictions ease. Please contact me for further details.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Lorraine Porter MBACP (Reg.)

Lorraine Porter MBACP (Reg.)