About me: Lorna Day
I've always had a varied career with my roles being people and support-focused. I have a natural ability to listen and understand people's problems and help them find solutions. This interest led me to become a psychotherapeutic counsellor.
I believe one of the most important aspects of counselling is the client counsellor relationship. You need to have trust and rapport with a counsellor in order to be able to work on or through those issues you are experiencing. I hope by creating a comfortable, empathetic, non-judgemental, safe and supportive environment, you will feel able to trust and share those issues that are troubling you; those inner most thoughts and feelings.
I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor and work in an integrative way. This means I draw on different theories to bring you the therapy which is best suited to your needs. Everyone is an individual and has had different experiences; they think, feel, behave and react in different ways. Working integratively allows me to find the best possible way of helping you.
My main approach is person-centred therapy, so I am led by you, the client, and whatever you bring to each session. The different theories I draw from are, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), transactional analysis (TA), gestalt, attachment theory and person-centred therapy (PCT). The issues discussed in your sessions, and the goals that you wish to achieve, will determine which way I work. Sometimes several different methods/theories are incorporated.
As a counsellor I will never tell you what to do, or what not to do. I may give you a different perspective, offer you information or prompt exploration of a different way of thinking.
I have a professional and advanced diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling and I am a qualified hypnotherapist.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and I work in accordance with their ethical framework; I am bound by their code of ethics. As part of this I am committed to Continual Practice Development (CPD) and regularly attend training courses and workshops to keep up-to-date with knowledge and experience.
As part of my CPD, some of the courses I have completed focus on anxiety disorders, anxiety in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), safeguarding, and suicide prevention.
I have professional indemnity insurance and I have had an enhanced DBS check.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and comply with their guidelines for the collection and storage of personal date and information.
I receive regular supervision, which is standard practice for all counsellors. Supervision enables counsellors to work ethically at all times.
I am very familiar with high functioning ASD, ADHD and other co-morbid conditions such as OCD and anxiety, since I have a son with these diagnoses. I have learnt so much and continue to learn at each developmental stage and each challenge he faces.
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds".
(Psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approach)
I have particular experience working with anxiety, and I understand how debilitating and overwhelming this can be. Your thoughts can be a catalyst for self-perpetuating cycles. The way you think, and what you think, directly influences the way you feel and then behave. For example, if you think you are not confident, you will not feel confident or be able to act with confidence, which then re-enforces your belief that you aren't confident. These negative beliefs can spill into all parts of your life and cause anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-worth and depression.
Every person experiences anxious feelings and this is normal. It is when it creates a problem in your life or becomes unmanageable that talking it over becomes so valuable. By looking at your thinking patterns and how you have experienced the past, we can then look at the future for a more positive outlook.
Who I work with
I work with adults and young people from 12 years of age. As well as having my own private practice, I volunteer for the NHS and the Youth Counselling Service where I have gained several years experience and have dealt with a variety of issues.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body. Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here. Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here.
To find out more about counselling, the issues I deal with and the areas I specialise in, please see the About Counselling page.