Lorna Lapthorn

Plymouth Counsellor & Psychotherapist

As a highly experienced and qualified integrative Plymouth counsellor and psychotherapist, I bring 12 years of expertise in using a wide range of therapeutic modalities. My approach combines person-centred therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychotherapy to provide comprehensive and tailored support to my clients.

As a skilled and compassionate Plymouth counsellor, I have developed a deep understanding of traumatic loss and bereavement, which serves as a solid foundation for my practice. I continuously expand my expertise in trauma, vicarious trauma, and mental health issues, recognising the intrinsic connections between these aspects and the profound impact they have on individuals experiencing trauma and loss. By staying updated and building on my knowledge and experience, I am dedicated to providing effective support and guidance to clients in the south west of England who are navigating these complex emotional journeys.

Services Offered

(Free 30 Minute Initial Session)

Specialising in bereavement, chronic grief, and traumatic loss. Also, experienced in eating disorders, maladaptive behaviours, and mental health issues.

I am a Plymouth counsellor with 12+ years of experience. I offer flexible hours with a wheelchair accessible office, home visits, and concessionary rates.

Therefore, demonstrating my commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, with myself being able to accommodate the unique needs and preferences of all my clients.

I believe the client should always be at the centre of my work, whilst maintaining the BACP values and ethics at all times. As well as ensuring the best for the client, I also draw into therapy how our own personal values, beliefs, personal experiences, and cognitive internal dialect can influence our here and now.

As an experienced therapist, I believe that myself engaging in supervision and personal therapy are an imperative part of my work, thus strengthening my delivery of the services I provide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Displayed below are a compilation of common questions and answers related to the services I provide, therefore, helping with any quick and easy questions, concerns or inquiries you may have.

The terms “counselling” and “psychotherapy” are often used interchangeably, but there are some differences between the two. Generally, counselling tends to focus on specific issues and solutions in the present, such as relationship problems, stress, or career issues, and the treatment tends to be short-term. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is often more long-term and focuses on exploring deeper, underlying issues and patterns that may be causing problems in a person’s life. Psychotherapy is often used to treat more severe or complex mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders or personality disorders. However, the distinction between counselling and psychotherapy can vary depending on the therapist, the clients needs, and the treatment approach used.

The duration of therapy can vary depending on a range of factors, such as the nature and severity of the issue being addressed, the clients goals and needs, the therapeutic approach used, and the progress made. Typically, therapy can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months, but some individuals may benefit from ongoing therapy for longer periods of time. The therapist and the client will work together to assess progress and determine the appropriate length of therapy to achieve desired outcomes.

Yes of course! Online counselling usually takes place via videoconferencing platforms or messaging services, while telephone counselling involve talking to a therapist over the phone. Both forms of therapy are convenient and accessible, and can be beneficial for individuals who live in remote areas, have mobility or transportation issues, or prefer the privacy and anonymity of remote sessions. However, it’s important to note that online and telephone counselling may mot be suitable for everyone, as they may lack some of the personal interaction and non-verbal cues that are present in face-to-face sessions. It’s important that we discuss the options and determine the best approach that suits you best.

Counselling can be an effective way to address personal issues and promote mental health and well-being, but there may be times when it is beneficial to stop or pause therapy. Some reasons for ending counselling may include:

  1. Achieving the desired goals: If the individual has achieved the goals they set out to accomplish in therapy, they may feel ready to end therapy.
  2. Feeling better and more self-sufficient: If the individual feels that they have made significant progress and are better able to manage their emotions and behaviours, they may decide to end therapy.
  3. Financial or logistical constraints: If the individual can no longer afford therapy or cannot continue due to logistical reasons, such as a move or a change in schedule, they may need to end therapy.
  4. Personal preference: if the individual no longer feels that therapy is helpful or enjoyable, or would prefer to explore other avenues for self-improvement, they may choose to stop therapy.

It’s important to note that the decision to end therapy should always be made in collaboration with myself, who can provide guidance and support during the transition process.


Counselling, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy £50 per session.

Supervision £60 per hour.

Business Groups:

Supervision £180 per 2 hour session minimum + £10 per person (Maximum 5 people per group).

Consultation & Supervision for individuals £95 per hour.

As a general rule, counselling services are confidential, which means that the information shared during therapy sessions is kept private and not disclosed to others without the clients consent. However, there may be some exceptions to confidentiality, such as if the therapist believes that the client is at risk of harming themselves or others, or if they are required by law to disclose information, such as in cases of suspected child abuse. Additionally, some therapists may consult with colleagues or supervisors to ensure that they are providing the best possible care to their clients, but these consultations would not involve disclosing any identifying information. It’s important for clients to discuss any concerns or questions they have about confidentiality with their therapist at the outset of therapy, so that they can fully understand their rights and responsibilities with regard to privacy and confidentiality.

Choosing the right counsellor can be a personal and subjective process, and there is no one “right” counsellor for everyone. However, there are some factors that can help you determine if you have chosen a good fit for your individual needs. These factors may include:

  1. Qualifications & Experience: It’s important to choose a counsellor who is qualified and experienced in addressing the specific issues you’re facing.
  2. Therapeutic Approach: Different counsellors may use different therapeutic approaches or techniques, so it’s important to find a counsellor whose approach resonates with you and feels effective.
  3. Trust & Rapport: A good counsellor should create a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Building trust and rapport with your counsellor can help you feel more comfortable and supported in the therapeutic process.
  4. Availability & Accessibility: It’s important to find a counsellor who is available and accessible for sessions that fit your schedule and needs.
  5. Feedback & Progress: A good counsellor should be able to provide feedback and guidance on your progress in therapy, and work with you to set realistic and achievable goals.

Ultimately, the right counsellor for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It may take some trial and error to find the right fit, but with patience and open communication, you can work with your counsellor to achieve meaningful and lasting change.

How Does it Work?

I offer a free 30 minute session to complete an assessment & ascertain if I am able to help with the issues you present and to enable you the client to decide if you feel you can work with me.

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