Lorraine Sorley MBACP (Accredited)

Lorraine Sorley MBACP (Accredited)


07803 802820

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07803 802820

About me

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

What is wrong?

You ask yourself what is wrong… you don’t know what is wrong and you just can’t seem to understand why you feel the way you do. You don’t want to burden friends or family with talking about it when you don’t know what it is you're feeling.

You may have been feeling panic on occasions. Going out with friends or family doesn’t seem to interest you or it just feels like too much of an effort. It may be difficult to get to sleep or to stay asleep, and sometimes you may have nightmares.  You may have thought about going to your GP but you’re not sure how that would help you feel better as your symptoms are not of a physical nature.

This is where I come in. In my counselling practice I work with many clients who come for help and talk about many of the things mentioned above. I work with clients who are referred for counselling by their GP and present with mild to moderate anxiety or depression, which is usually linked with current or previous life events.

I also work extensively and I am specialised in working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, sexual or otherwise.

I manage a trauma counselling service, managing counsellors in their work with this particular client group.

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 £50.00 and last 50 minutes. Payments can be made by online banking or in cash or cheque after the session.

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 after 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.

You can visit the BACP website by clicking here www.bacp.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PG Diploma and accredited counsellor
  • Specialised in trauma.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


I charge £50 per session.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have availability on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, all day Thursday and Friday.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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