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

Lorraine Bygrave is the Director of Benfleet Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd, an Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor, CBT, and an EMDR Accredited Practitioner

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

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

She continually expands and develps 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 which tailors around ongoing developments in psychotherapy. As a result, this enables her to deliver ground-breaking therapy which has long lasting results. 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.



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 Level 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, Ph.D.
  • The Feeling- State Addiction Protocol with Robert Miller, Ph.D.
  • 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 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



Areas Lorraine can help you with:-

  •  Abortion

  •  Abuse

  •  Addiction(s)

  •  ADHD

  •  Adoption

  • Affairs and betrayals

  • Alcoholism

  • Anger management

  • Anorexia nervosa

  • Antisocial personality disorder

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment disorder

  • Attachment disorder in children

  • Avoidant personality disorder

  • Behaviour problems

  • Bereavement

  • Binge-eating disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Body dysmorphic disorder

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Bulimia nervosa

  • Bullying

  • Cancer

  • Career counselling

  • Carer support

  • Child related issues

  • Childhood bereavement

  • Childhood bullying

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

  • Dementia

  • Dependent personality disorder

  • Depression

  • Depression and anxiety in children

  • Disabilities

  • Discrimination

  • Dissociation

  • Domestic violence

  • Drug addiction

  • Eating disorders

  • Emotional abuse

  • Family issues

  • Feeling sad

  • Gambling

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

  • Hearing voices


  • Hoarding

  • Infertility

  • Internet addiction

  • Learning difficulties

  • Loneliness

  • Low self-confidence

  • Low self-esteem

  • Miscarriage

  • Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

  • Panic attacks

  • Paranoid personality disorder

  • Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Personality disorders

  • Phobias

  • Physical abuse

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Postnatal depression

  • Pregnancy and birth

  • Redundancy

  • Relationship problems

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Self-harm

  • Separation and divorce

  • Separation anxiety

  • Sex addiction

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sexuality

  • Smoking
  • Stress

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Tourette’s syndrome

  • Trauma

  • Work-related stress

  • Young carers

Approved by the Police Firearms Officers Association
Approved Adoption Counsellor by Barnardos LINK

Registered Approved Psychotherapist/Counsellor for the following insurance companies:-

  •  WPA

  •  Vitality Health.

  •  Aviva

 Approved  provider for Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)


Lorraine is available to see clients both In Person and Online subject to the current Government Guidelines.

Telephone appointments are also available

Before seeing clients in person a Covid19 consent form will be required.

An online therapy contract will be required if working online.