Greenwich Wellness rooms – Counselling & Psychotherapy

Lori

The model of therapy I use

As an integrative Counsellor, I believe that every person is unique and has had different experiences, and am passionate about supporting individuals to improve their wellbeing and make positive changes in their lives by combining elements from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) psychodynamic and person-centred theories and tailoring the treatment according to individuals’ needs.

I believe in personal and professional development through self-awareness. Together we can explore how your feelings, thoughts, personal history and current life circumstances interact with each other and are contributing to your current difficulties. I offer a safe, non-judgemental environment to disentangle your difficulties, an environment in which you will truly be heard, in a way you may not have been before with your family and friends.

I see my role as working with you at your own pace and in your own way so that you can perhaps begin to find your own resources and resilience. Counselling can sometimes be challenging and hard work – and enlightening and life-changing – but it is always a responsible choice.

My experience in counselling
I have worked in the community as a Greenwich Mindline Counsellor for several years and as a Counsellor at The Deborah Ubee Trust, where I currently work supporting clients through their concerns.

I specialise in
Adults: Anxiety, Chronic Health issues, Depression and Relationship Issues.

My training and qualifications
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working with People with Mental Health Needs
CPCAB Introduction to Counselling
Greenwich Mind, Mindline Telephone and Counselling Training

I was drawn to becoming a Counsellor

My first experience of counselling was as a client, following a tragic family bereavement. I felt alone with my grief and eventually sought support from Cruse. Twenty years later, I came back to counselling when I experienced a major health issue. Together with battling a physical illness, my mental health became very fragile. Life seemed cruel and I felt myself sliding into a pit of despair, depression and hope was dwindling as to whether I felt strong enough to cope. The smallest task just seemed too overwhelming. I was referred to the hospital Psychiatrist who unhelpfully suggested I dressed myself nicely, wore some heels and looked out of my window and say “thank you to the trees”. I couldn’t help but think this person has absolutely no idea what I am feeling and I felt more alone than ever.

Reminding myself of my more positive experience with Cruse, I decided to seek a local Counsellor. I struck lucky and with her genuine and empathetic manner, my recovery began. Feeling safe, heard and seen, I was able to look at past experiences which enabled me to explore my current issues. I was able to make choices which I found both energising and healing. Gently and at my own pace, she began to help me ‘unpack’ myself and then put myself back together. Yes, I felt challenged and sometimes I didn’t want to do ‘the work’ but eventually, I learnt the only way to get to the other side of the tunnel was to go through it and that’s what I did. Hope returned but it is my resilience that I take from my counselling experience. This knowledge and personal experience inspired me to train to become a Counsellor, believing that if I can emulate the way my own Counsellor made me feel, then I too could support others in their struggles.

Clinic Times
Thursday 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm

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