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

Lorraine Bygrave is the Director of Benfleet Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd. She has been working in this field for 10 years. Lorraine is experienced in helping people overcome the effects of  trauma, anxiety and depression. She is an Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor, CBT and an EMDR  Accredited Practitioner.

Lorraine is also an Approved Adoption Counsellor by Barnados LINK.

She offers a friendly, safe and confidential service for people across Essex and surrounding areas.

Anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and relationship problems are just a few of the issues which she covers.

More about Lorraine

This is not only a profession for Lorraine, it is also a passion, the spark she finds  helping people is continually fuelled by the belief that everyone deserves to live their best life.

Connecting with people and assisting them on a journey which helps to uncover their real self is a process which she looks forward to with all of her clients. Negative behaviour is one of the foremost indications that people are suffering inside, and without judgement she collaborates with her clients to piece together the puzzles, so together they can help to  change this.

She remains committed to developing and expanding her knowledge through continually training. This ensures that she remains up to date with innovative therapy techniques, so that Lorraine can offer a service which tailors around ongoing developments in psychotherapy. As such, this enables her to deliver ground-breaking therapy which will have long lasting results on the lives of many people. Living with good mental health is fundamental to our wellbeing and can have an unprecedented impact on physical health, family life, work life, and relationships.

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.

Drawing on various personal experiences enables Lorraine to offer a comforting level of empathy and understanding, which helps develop a trusting and safe environment for her clients. Lorraine believes that helping people to become more self-aware, nurtures life skills which they can carry through future difficult situations that they may find themselves in.

Life is a journey, it may take many attempts to get it right, but you can never stop learning and growing as a person. Helping clients process negative beliefs about themselves by turning them into positive ones is very rewarding. Seeing progress from being depressed, anxious and fearful to being reinvigorated with a new zest for life is a reward greater than words can describe.

Lorraine has learnt a great deal from the clients she has helped, whether they have been children, young people or adults.

During the lockdown she switched her therapy services to online. Online therapy has proven highly effective, and it gives clients the emotional support and help in a manner which is safe in this pandemic. Working online enables her to connect with people from all over the UK and, even throughout the world. Lorraine feels very privileged to have found a career as fulfilling and rewarding as this one, and that so many people have let her help them with their journeys.

Therapy Approach

Lorraine’s style is integrative. This means that she is able to use a wide range of counselling approaches, which will enable her to assess her client’s needs. She is able to offer a unique service utilizing all her skills and up to date training to help clients lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

Lorraine is empathic in her approach and understands the difficulties clients experience when talking about their problems. She is gentle and allows client’s to go at their own pace, building the trust and support which is essential in their journey.


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 of counselling and psychotherapy 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.