Psychotherapist and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher
About Lorna, Psychotherapist & Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher
Lorna is an Integrative Psychotherapist registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy and PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy.
Lorna now proudly integrates Psychotherapy and Yoga with a focus on the Body, Breath & Movement for treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. Recently working on documentaries and projects with The Discovery Channel, BBC, SKY as well as other press for Medium, BBC and BACP Magazines promoting her work.
Lorna is passionate about raising awareness of the Science behind Yoga, Breath and Movement for treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, maintaining positive mental health and wellness. Lorna focuses her workshops on Neuroscience, the Autonomic Nervous System and Poly Vagal Theory, to clinically explain the benefits of working with the Body, Breath and Movement in therapy.
Alongside her clinical practise, Lorna is very proud to teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga and learn from the students at the NHS Recovery College, Mind and many other trauma survivor groups across the UK. Lorna also runs workshops across the UK training therapists and yoga teachers who have an interest in working with the Body, Breath, Movement and Yoga for treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, maintaining positive mental health and wellness.
Lorna has worked in primary care for the NHS and with MIND for many years and now has a private clinical practice at the Jesmond Therapy Centre. 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 therapeutic work with our clients.
Body awareness and knowledge of non-verbal phenomena, the autonomic nervous system and neuroscience are essential to Lorna’s clinical work, in particular paying great attention to the power of the breath, energy and movement in the body.
Lorna’s primary inspiration comes from the legacy of Wilhelm Reich and Laura & Fritz Perls. 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, the breath and movement into therapy for treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma.
Lorna is passionate about raising awareness of the science behind yoga, the breath and movement for treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, maintaining positive mental health and wellness. Recently working with The Discovery Channel, BBC, BACP Magazines and Medium to promote this work in the media.
Lorna has been a yoga practitioner since 1999. Due to experiencing the psychological and physical benefits of yoga for herself, Lorna then trained as a yoga teacher and has explored various yoga traditions including Hatha, Iyengar, Scaravelli, Yin and Ashtanga. Lorna continues her yoga training, working with many people in the field of trauma informed and trauma sensitive yoga. The research of Bessel van der Kolk clinically validates trauma sensitive yoga as a treatment for complex trauma and PTSD. This is by far the safest form of yoga Lorna has found to date and has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on mind body connection, movement and breathing.
Lorna has worked 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 clinical work in a simple, safe and nurturing way.
MSc Psychotherapy: Body Awareness
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Yoga Teacher 2005 – Present: Hatha + Trauma Sensitive Yoga & other Trauma Informed practices United Kingdom of Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP) – Registered Member
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Registered Member
Experience working with interpreters and trauma