Lorna Evans is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor registered with the UKCP & BACP and holds an MSc in Body Awareness and Psychotherapy and a PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy. Lorna is an Integrative therapist who works with a primary model of Transactional Analysis.
Lorna has worked in primary care and with MIND for many years and now bases her private clinical practice at the Jesmond Therapy Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Lorna’s clinical work is grounded in the knowledge that mind and body are fully integrated and what the therapist notices in the client’s body, or experiences in her own body, energy, tension, holding or other non-verbal phenomena is vital to bring into awareness and into the work with our clients.
Body awareness and knowledge of clinical mechanisms are essential to Lorna’s clinical work, in particular paying great attention to the power of the breath, energy in the body and the autonomic nervous system.
Lorna integrates aspects of yoga and mindfulness, where appropriate, into her clinical work and more and more clients are entering therapy with a keen interest or already practising yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Lorna then nurtures and encourages their practice to become grounded, alongside therapy, whilst sharing the clinical benefits of yoga and mindfulness for mental health.
The contemporary clinical writings and research of Pat Ogden, Nick Totton, Bessel van der Kolk, Robert Shaw, Babette Rothschild, Daniel Stern, Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Allan Schore and Danielle Siegel inspire Lorna in her work to integrate yoga and therapy. Lorna’s primary inspiration comes from the legacy of Wilhelm Reich and Fritz Perls.
Lorna has been a yoga practitioner since 2000. Due to experiencing the psychological and physical benefits of yoga for herself, Lorna then trained as a yoga teacher in 2006 with the British Wheel of Yoga and has explored various yoga traditions including Hatha, Iyengar, Scaravelli, Yin, and Ashtanga.
Lorna continues her yoga training, working with many international teachers including Donna Farhi, Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, Ana Forrest and various other teachers in India, Sri Lanka and America. This enables Lorna to gain insight into the various approaches to Yoga, so they can then be related to her clients and students in a simple, safe and nurturing way.
It was Lorna’s passion for yoga and the power of the mind-body connection on mental health that led her to train as a psychotherapist and embody both practices.
Lorna also runs workshops with local community groups in the North East of England and MIND on yoga, mindfulness, the breath and relaxation for positive mental health