Lorraine Sorley

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Edinburgh EH1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Lorraine Sorley, counsellor/psychotherapist, PG Dip, Registered Member MBACP (Accred).

My passion is working with you to help with your journey in the world.  I have been a psychotherapist for 23 years and my specialism is working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma and developmental attachment issues. Although this is my specialist area I also work with anxiety, depression, bereavement etc

What is counselling?

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to use their skills to help you to come up with your answers to improve things in your life.

How will counselling make me feel?

Counselling is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, counselling should enable you to feel better in the long-run. It can make you feel positive and engaged with your life and what is going on around you. It can give you a language to describe how you are feeling and what sense you make of your world. It can help you to understand your motivations and actions. This can also help you to better communicate with and understand other people such as family and friends.

Why use counselling?

Talking through your thoughts and feelings can help you to explore them and the effect they have on your behaviour and your mood. You can focus on particular issues in your life as it is now or explore wider themes. The counselling is led by you and I will support you to identify how you wish to use our time together.

It can be easier to talk to someone who is not involved in your life to get another perspective. Sometimes we can feel that our thoughts might worry or upset family members or friends. Counselling can provide the opportunity to talk openly and not have to worry about the impact on the other person.

Initial meeting and counselling sessions

An initial meeting provides an opportunity to establish if I am a right counsellor for you. Choosing a counsellor is a really personal decision and I want you to make the decision that is right for you. During the initial session we can explore what you would like to achieve from counselling and I will share how I would work with you.  If we decide to work together I will schedule a number of sessions ahead. If we decide that another type of support would be more beneficial I will do my best to point you in the right direction to a more suitable match.

What will it cost?

All sessions cost £65.00 and last 50 minutes. Payments can be made by online banking or in cash.

Where will counselling take place?

Edinburgh City Centre.

Counselling agreement

If we decide to work together I will provide you with a counselling agreement. This agreement sets out the things we need to know about working together such as cancellations, holidays, dates and time of sessions, frequency of sessions, confidentiality etc. I would email or send this to you before our initial meeting. You would have time to read this to see if you agree with it and we could discuss it in our first session.

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. I am a registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I carried out further specialised training in 2013 and as a result been awarded the status of being an Accredited Member of BACP.

I am also trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy up to Level 2.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PG Diploma in Counselling and accredited counsellor with BACP
  • Psychodynamic training and sensorimotor psychotherapy Level 1 and 2

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.

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.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£65.00 per session

When I work

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Edinburgh, EH1

Strathmore Business Centres, 10 York Place, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH1 3EP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

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