Lorraine Anne Bygrave

Director of Benfleet Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd.

Dip.Couns MBACP, MNCS (ACC), EMDR Europe (ACC.)


Lorraine Anne Bygrave Dip.Couns, MBACP, MNCS(ACC) EMDR (ACC)

Lorraine has been working in private practice for over 10 years. She is trained   in EMDR Therapy which is an innovative therapy that has helped so many people. Lorraine has worked hard to get her business to where it is today. Helping to drive Lorraine  is the outstanding results that have been achieved and the constant reminder that she is helping clients to turn their lives around. This achievement led Lorraine to starting her own limted company in 2019. Lorraine now has ten counsellors working for her which has been achieved in just over 1 year. Lorraine has a great team around her of which she is very proud of.

Lorraine is driven by the belief that everyone deserves to live free from suffering. Connecting with people and assisting them on a journey that helps uncover their true selves is a process she looks forward to with all of her clients. Without judgement, she guides her clients into piecing together the inner puzzles that cause their psychological disorders.

Learning how to manage stress and anxiety and processing trauma are crucial steps in moving towards the life that we want to live. Lorraine offers compassion, empathy and understanding, cultivating a safe and trusting environment for her clients. As well as this, she believes that helping people become more self-aware nurtures life skills that can be carried through difficult situations.

She continually expands and develops her knowledge of the most effective approaches. This ensures that she remains up to date with innovative therapy techniques so that clients can receive a service that tailors around ongoing developments in psychotherapy. As a result, this enables her to deliver ground-breaking therapy, which has long-lasting effects. Our mental health is fundamental to our wellbeing and can have an unprecedented impact on physical health, family life, work-life, and relationships. Lorraine is experienced in helping people overcome many psychological disorders, including trauma, anxiety and depression.



“A very relaxing time I had great treatment for fibromyalgia EMDR treatment is well worth looking at.” MP

“Excellent Counselling Service” SC



Why choose Lorraine for therapy?

  • Tailored counselling for each client
  • Friendly
  • Professional
  • Confidential
  • Caring
  • Non-judgemental
  • Fully qualified
  • Fully insured
  • Safe and comfortable environment
  • Provides counselling for all ages
  • DBS checked
  • Member of a Professional Body.
  • Adoption Trained
  • Committed to Ongoing Professional Development

Training, Qualifications & Experience

  • Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Certificate of Proficiency British Association for Counselling and PsychotherapyLevel 4
  • EMDR Levels 1,2,3 and 4
  • EMDR Child Trauma Training Levels 1 and 2
  • EMDR AccreditationEMDR Complex Trauma Certificates
  • EMDR – Pain Control – Mark Grant
  • EMDR – RTEP (Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol)
  • EMDR – GTEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol)
  • Release The MagicPart 1 The Basics of Attachment Informed Integrative
  • EMDR Release The Magic Part 2 with Intergenerational Trauma, Parts, Ego States and Dreams
  • Attachment-Focussed EMDR Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused As Children with Laurel Parnell, PhD.
  • The Feeling-State Addiction Protocol with Robert Miller, PhD.
  • Image Transformation Therapy
  • Eating Disorders and EMDR with Pam Virdi
  • Rewiring the Addicted Brain with Laurel Parnell.
  • Flash Technique with Philip Manfield
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People
  • Certificate for Supporting Substance Misuse Clients Awareness
  • Certificate for Children’s Family and Play
  • Certificate for Safeguarding Children Training
  • Certificate For Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults.
  • Certificate For An Introduction To Family Therapy
  • Familiar with attachment and trauma, adopted, foster children and their carers.
  • Certificate of Attendance on Offender Behaviour & Specialist Risk Assessment
  • Certificate of Attendance on the Management of ADHD and associated problems in Children
  • Certificate of Attendance For Open Door In-House Safeguarding Children and Case Management training.
  • Certificate of Attendance For Sexual Health Awareness Foundation Training (SHAFT)
  • Certificate of Achievement on successful completion of the “Losing The Will To Live: Self Harm and Suicide” Training
  • Certificate of Attendance Jim Knipe’s “EMDR Toolbox”
  • AIP Methods for treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure
  • Schizophrenia, Dissociation with EMDR workshop with Prof. Paul Miller
  • Intensive EMDR Therapy 
  • Knowledge of Polyvagal Theory Informed EMDR
  • Knowledge of The EMDR Autism Toolbox
  • Life Story Training for Adoptees and Looked After Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • IADC Therapy Trained Designed by Allan Botkin, PsD