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Welcome ! Are you experiencing personal difficulties and do do not know where to turn ? I offer both face to face by following social distancing advise and I also remote counselling.
Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by life, isolated from the world others seem to be living in, or having been carrying a sense of dread , sadness or anger for some time now and are tired of it. I am a trained professional counsellor and offer both individual and couple counselling. As a counsellor I am extremely positive about the benefits of counselling, and would relish the opportunity to support you through your difficulties. I would aim to work with you collaboratively to meet your individual needs.
I believe that my effectiveness as a person-centered counsellor partly stems from my own experience of the difficulties and pressures of life. The first step towards achieving growth and well being is to be truly open and honest with yourself, therefore my counselling session always takes place within a confidential, non judgmental environment. We can often be afraid of, or confused by our own thought process and keep this buried deep inside. However, our own thought process often holds the key to finding our own direction in life. While supporting you through counselling sessions, I may challenge your thought process from time to time and will reflect on what I have heard from you, helping you to understand your self better.
Counselling requires commitment from the client and a willingness to engage in the process. My role in supporting you is to bring warmth, compassion, and to help you to be honest with yourself. Counselling can often be emotionally challenging, but through working together we gain
an insight into who you really are as a person. Having a greater understanding of your own personal perception of life will help you to reveal your own wisdom and your unique personal qualities. I will be with your on this journey.
As a counsellor and a person, I recognize that past and present disturbances can be very painful. I feel it is imperative to process at a pace with which you are comfortable, and I will never push you into exploring any area or issues until you are ready to do so. We will explore life from deep down, in order for you to hear your voice amongst the noise.
Whilst, I am expert in counselling counselling, I am not an expert in you . No one can know you know you the way you really know yourself .
I work with each client in a way that encourages them to find their own answers, but will remain with them throughout their journey, helping to explore and reflect. Thought this process, clients gain a better understanding of themselves, and the ability to gain the answers that are uniquely appropriate to them. I work in this way because I believe counselling not is not a quick fix; rather , it effects are a deep and lasting change, giving you the confidence to find your answers. I have had the privilege of this experiencing this process with many of my clients.
What is Couples Counselling?
It is vastly different in couple counselling as now there are three people in the room, two of whom have their own understanding of the situation and have their own perception of what needs to happen to change things.
Having undertaken advance training in couple counselling and gained experience. I use these skills so that I can advocate that each individual in the relationship can feel they have been heard and understood. I will encourage the couple to establish their own needs to feel safe and the setting of the boundaries, in order to offer a safe and non-judgemental space. I feel this may be the first step in understanding each other’s therapeutic needs. I will remain impartial to both individuals and will offer empathic tracking for reflection. When an individual feels understood it reduces their need to be defensive and are more opened to honestly addressing the issue. Furthermore, it also serves in reducing any possible conflict in the room.
I will take a more directive approach in couple counselling if it is necessary to keep an equal balance. As an incredibly angry or talkative person can easily dominate the session and prevent a calmer or quieter person from being heard. In couple counselling, it may be helpful to manage the time, in order for each individual to have the chance to speak and be heard. As the counselling progresses, I would hope to move to a more free-flowing method once an equal flow has been established.
This also serves to improve the couple’s communication outside counselling. When a relationship hits difficulties and counselling is sought, a couple has lost the ability to communicate in a way that leads to solutions – part of my role is to help the couple communicate with each other and by also teaching creative techniques that help them do this.
I will shift the focus from an individual and their needs and problems, to the couple’s relationship. The focus is on the difficulty between the two and what is causing them to seek help. The problems couples bring to counselling are often rich in meaning, and couple counselling provide an opportunity for them to understand more about their relationship and find a deeper connection. Alongside this, I will gain an understanding of the dynamics in the relationship. I am able to help the couple begin to hear each other again as their defensives continued to lessen and often their own hurting position.
Once communication has improved it is often useful to understand the deeper psychological issues in the relationship. There are often complex influences from the past which affect the way individuals act within their relationship. Alongside this, strong feelings often indicate an unmet past need in a person and is trying to get their partner to satisfy this need. I will be aware of these influences and can help people understand them. It can often be useful for individuals in the relationship to undertake counselling separately as issues come to the surface.
Interestingly, when an individual has a strong reaction against couple counselling, it can indicate that they are unwilling to tolerate any other view than their own. People who have been bullying in their relationship, or where there are power and control issues, can find a balanced session very intimidating because suddenly their partner has a right to his/her own opinions. It feels, to the one who has been behaving in a bullying way, very threatening, and feels as if the session has been biased against them. It can often be useful to explore the deeper meaning of such behaviour, however for counselling to be successful it is imperative that both individuals are willing to engage in the process.
I would highly recommend Lorna. After suffering from anxiety most of my life. She helped give me the tools to survive and get through one of the worst times in my life. I cannot thank her enough.
Excellent Service, very helpful. I would definitely recommend this service.
Thoroughly recommend. Relaxed and very effective.
Was so so good right away she’s so calming and professional and can’t wait to speak to her again
A kind, personable and engaging listener. Lorna could not have been more helpful in helping me overcome my personal issues. A truly life changing experience.
Lorna was able to easily put you at ease and create the right professional environment but also with a human touch to encourage open discussion and support which was much valued and appreciated
Working with Lorna was overwhelmingly helpful at a time of grave difficulty and personal challenges. She was a patient and observant listener and extremely sagacious and discreet with advice.
Strongly recommended for anyone needing encouragement and support. More...
I really enjoyed my sessions with Lorna. She opened me up to new ideas and helped me gain a better understanding of my thoughts, feelings and experiences. Exactly what I was after at a difficult time. More...
Lorna helped me tremendously to overcome some personal difficulties. She was a patient and non-judgemental listener who I found it very easy to open up to. She gave me space to talk while also offering me some really useful tools and practical ideas for improving my mental health and my life in general. I always felt lighter after leaving the sessions and my mental health and outlook has improved significantly since starting the sessions with her. I would recommend her to anyone! More...
I went to Lorna following my fathers death, she helped me work through my feelings about him, his life and death. Gave me some interesting perspectives. I would highly recommend Lorna to anyone who needs to talk to someone More...
I was very nervous about going to my first session as I'd never done it before. Lorna made me feel calm once I was there, and I felt everything I talked about was important to her - nothing I said seemed silly, even if it did in my own head.
I couldn't recommend Lorna enough. More...
Lorna is one of the most caring, empathetic and understanding standing people I’ve ever met. She is very knowledgeable, skilled, patient and creative in how she approaches difficult topics and experiences. I was nervous when I first went for counselling, but Lorna was warm and allowed me to speak about things at a pace that was comfortable. I’m so thankful for the insight Lorna provided as well as her compassion and understanding during some very difficult times. Thank you for making a difference, Lorna. More...
A new experience for me talking about my problems an trying to work thru them. Finding it easier than I thought I would thanks to Lorna listening and helping me thru it. Thought I would struggle to talk for the hour turns out it’s the quickest hour of my day. A non judgemental environment to get your thoughts an feelings out. Would highly recommend. More...
Lorna was brilliant to work with.
She immediately made me feel comfortable enough to talk with her openly, and established what I needed from the sessions. She also worked at my pace and was understanding and friendly whilst still being professional.
I really appreciated the flexibility with her schedule as well as I was a busy student!
I can honestly say she has helped me in ways I would never have anticipated. I'd recommend her to anyone. More...
Lorna is an excellent counsellor with a friendly and professional approach. From the first session, I felt at ease and was able to discuss, in confidence, topics which I struggled with for a long time. The sessions helped me adopt new ways of thinking to move forward and manage my emotions better. Lorna has a genuine interest in helping clients and treats you as an individual. More...
Lorna is lovely. She is so understanding and really listens to what you have got to say. She makes you realise that your thought processes are valid but how they could be changed in order to make your life easier by being less anxious/angry etc. She taught me to look at the positive side of things when before I instantly always looked at the worst possible outcome. She is genuinely a really nice person and feel we got along great. If I ever have any other things I need help with I will be back as her unbiased, logical ways of looking at things really help me to see sense. It really does just help to talk. More...
Lorna was quick to respond to my query, provided an excellent service tailored to my needs, has good availability for appointments and was able to meet my own schedule. She is warm and approachable, with an obvious interest in her work and a desire to do the best for her clients. More...
My counsellor has been very accommodating and understanding of all of my issues and is helping me resolve these in my own way, at my own pace.
Lorna is an absolutely excellent counsellor. She listens & processes things in a very sympathetic way & her attention to detail is something which I find so impressive.
The time I have spent with Lorna has been invaluable & she asks very pertinent & relevant questions. She makes you feel so relaxed but maintains the highest standards of professionalism. I am so glad that I found her & am so grateful for all of her help. Lorna is so so good at what she does!
Lorna is friendly, personable and creates a relaxed atmosphere that gives you the confidence to discuss your issues without fear of judgement or pressure.
I have only had 2 sessions so far and it was a real struggle for me to admit I needed to talk to someone however now that I have managed to make the leap I have found Lorna to be amazing makes it really easy to open up , listen and never judges. 2 sessions in allot more to go and so far 5 star …. Brilliant More...