Welcome! Are you experiencing personal difficulties and do not know where to turn? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by life, isolated from the world others seem to be living in, or have been carrying a sense of dread, sadness or anger for some time and are now tired of it. Lorna is a trained person-centred counsellor who is positive and passionate about the benefits of counselling and would relish the opportunity to support you through your difficulties. She would aim to work with you collaboratively to meet your individual needs.
Lorna believes her effectiveness as a person-centred counsellor stems partly from her 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 her counselling sessions always take place within a confidential, non-judgemental environment. We can often be afraid of or confused by our own thought process and keep this buried deep inside. However, our thought process often holds the key to finding our direction in life. While supporting you through counselling sessions, Lorna may challenge your thought process from time to time and will reflect on what she has heard from you, helping you to understand yourself better. As well as person-centred counselling, Lorna has completed CBT training and can offer an integrated way of working.
Counselling requires commitment from you and a willingness to engage with the process. Lorna’s role in supporting you on your journey is to bring warmth, compassion, and to help you be honest with yourself. Counselling can often be emotionally challenging, but through working together you will gain an insight into who you really are and what is important to you as person. Having a greater understanding of your own perception of life will help you to reveal your wisdom and unique personal qualities. Lorna will be with you on this journey.
As a counsellor and as a person, Lorna recognises that past or present disturbances can be very painful. She feels it is imperative to proceed at a pace with which you are comfortable and will never push you into exploring any area or issue until you are ready to do so. You will explore life from deep down, in order for you to hear your voice amongst the noise.
Whilst her expertise is in counselling, she is not an expert on you. No one can know you the way you really know yourself. Lorna will work with you in a way that encourages you to find your own answers, but will remain with you throughout your journey, helping you to explore and reflect. Through this process, you will gain a better understanding of yourself, and the ability to find answers that are uniquely appropriate to you. She works in this way because she believes that counselling is not a quick fix; rather, it effects a deep and lasting change, giving you the confidence to find your own answers. She has had the privilege of experiencing this process with many of her clients.
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Lorna has worked with a wide range of clients over both short and long-term periods, and with clients enduring various psychological disturbances. In private practice Lorna has worked with
- Abuse (children, domestic emotional, sexual)
- Health issues or dealing with a diagnosis
- Low self esteem
- Relationships & family
- Work Issues
Lorna is an experienced person-centred Counsellor and studied at Strathclyde University. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Since qualifying from university, along with private practice, Lorna has gained extensive experience of working in hospices and bereavement counselling. She has also been committed to working in schools as a counsellor and gained a Higher National Diploma in Children Counselling. Another area of interest is domestic & psychological abuse as Lorna has spent a considerable time working with families on the Scottish Domestic Helpline. She is very interested in mindfulness, which she seeks to incorporate into her practice, and enjoys keeping up to date with new approaches and developments in counselling research and theory. She also enjoys the new challenges and experiences that each individual client brings. Outside of work, her hobbies include cooking, reading, travelling, outdoor activities and socialising with friends and family. She has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Australia, North America and the South Pacific.
Booking your appointment
If you have any questions or would like further information please email Lorna at Lorna.A@southsidecounselling.co.uk or phone her on 07526 982299
Lorna’s sessions last 50 minutes and cost £40.
Booking & Cancellation Policy for all Counsellors at Southside Counselling
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact Lorna as soon as possible. Missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged in full. If you arrive late for your appointment, it will still have to end at the usual time.