Counsellor and Yoga Teacher
Lorna is an Intergrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor 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. 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.
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 integrates aspects of yoga, where appropriate, into her clinical work as more and more clients are entering therapy with a keen interest or already practicing yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
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 Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center and Trauma Sensitive Yoga which is a clinically validated treatment for complex trauma and PTSD, this is by far the safest form of yoga Lorna has found to date. Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga practice 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. Lorna teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the Jesmond Therapy Centre, Mind and The Recovery College.
MSC Integrative Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher – Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Boston, USA
Yoga teacher 2006 – Present
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Registered Member
United Kingdom of Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP) – Registered Member
Experience working with interpreters and trauma