Counselling and Psychotherapy in Edinburgh and West Lothian
My name is Lorna Patterson and I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I am also counsellor member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) and a COSCA Accredited trainer and qualified counselling supervisor. I have offered counselling and psychotherapy in Edinburgh and West Lothian for the past 12 years. I am committed to providing counselling in West Lothian and Edinburgh, in a way that is safe, confidential and non-judgemental, holding an interest in what will be most useful to you.
I work with adults and also young people on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to understand your problems for yourself and the choices you might want to make, so that you may live your life in a fuller, happier way that enables you to understand yourself better.
I also work with couples on a short term or long term basis, agreed at the start and as part of this process the work is often around enabling a couple to communicate better, to understand their needs, ways of attaching and relating to each other. In couples work the focus can be on a particular problem, or perhaps a decision relating to staying together or separating or it can help to offer a space to process general difficulties within the relationship.
Please visit my page Counselling & Therapy for more information.
I also value the opportunity to work as an LGBTQ counsellor in West Lothian and Edinburgh, with people who identify as or may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or transgender.
My core original training is person centred and as my training and experience has grown I have incorporated training in attachment theories, trauma related therapy and concepts of identity, including LGBTQ training. I also have many years experience working with trauma from childhood and draw on this knowledge and experience to expand on working therapeutically. My work has also been enhanced with training in working in a time limited way.
I am experienced in working with people who experienced difficulties with:
Mental health issues, including depression
Anxiety and stress/distress, including work related stress
Low self esteem and low self confidence
Couples and relationship work
Gender issues or exploration
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or transgender
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship and attachment style issues
Abuse - sexual, physical, emotional, financial
Bereavement, grief & loss
I practice from two locations. I offer counselling/psychotherapy in Edinburgh, near Meadowbank, just opposite Meadowbank Stadium, and this is easily accessible by bus. There is free parking in the street and surrounding streets at Meadowbank. This accommodation is on the first floor and there are no lifts unfortunately. I also offer counselling and psychotherapy in West Lothian,in a quiet country setting in a private room, close to West Calder. Private transport is required for this location which is situated on the ground floor. By car, this location is about 10-15 minutes drive from Macarthur Glen Designer Outlet in Livingston.