I am offering a safe space to talk, giving you informed compassionate emotional support/counselling, along with practical stress reduction tools to help you rest and heal effectively, along with guidance in forming a coherent strategy to improve your health.
This specialized help, delivered professionally, for people with ME/CFS is based on my experience, training and skills. I have BSc Human Biology from Kings College London and so have a natural interest and ability in understanding the medical side of the illness. In addition to this, I have an MSc in Social Work from the London School of Economics, a Diploma in Counselling from Roehampton Institute and experience of working professionally in both fields of social work and counselling helping people get to grips with complex life challenges. ME/CFS is a debilitating, frightening and isolating illness. In spite of the above, I consider my most helpful qualification to be that I have lived with ME for 16 years. Initially I was mostly bed-bound for two years and virtually house bound for another four. The daily struggle of life with ME/CFS is a path that can feel directionless and overwhelming; being severely unwell, endless studying and looking for answers, trying every remedy going, being treated abysmally at times by doctors, making radical lifestyle adjustments and battling to hold onto hope. My own ME and other long-term health problems have taken me to what has felt like the end of my resources. It takes resilience and perseverance to find your way through, and as a result of my experience I now have a clearer sense of what would have benefitted me in the earlier stages.
There are three areas in which I can offer help to break the cycle of stress and deteriorating health
1. Emotional support/breaking the isolation.
I can offer compassion and understanding. My background and experience means I can listen and help make some sense of the understandable emotional consequences of the loss of your health, including feelings of desperation, isolation and stigma, along with confidence, self-esteem and identity issues. Additionally you may wish to explore the role of previous events and stresses on your health. Kind intelligent emotional support is too often in short supply and its impact is underestimated, daring to voice your fears and anxieties can be a life saver. When I was struggling with my health month after month I needed to talk through my fears and give voice to the thoughts others seemed not to understand.
2. Learning to rest and relax effectively.
The stress and emotional struggle of living with CFS/ME can compound and hinder the possibility of recovery. Before I became unwell I thought sitting down meant I was resting; the reality is that most of us need to learn how to activate the relaxation response in our bodies so that healing can occur from within. I can support you in learning relaxation tools like breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques and simple meditations. I have been practicing mindful meditation for over 10 years. I have experienced firsthand its widespread benefits and can teach you how to begin and develop mindfulness in your everyday life and your own practice if you are interested.
3. Taking control of getting well/finding a way forward
. ME/CFS is complex and individual and your recovery is likely be the same. Doctors rarely have the time to help unravel the breadth of symptoms you are facing and are usually unable to help in managing, prioritising and planning your care. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. You are the best resource you have, because you know your symptoms and history better than anyone and also know what pace you can work at and what resources you have to begin. I can help in deciding priorities, making a plan and offering support in carrying it though.
One of the huge benefits of this service is that you can access support where you need it. It is not necessary for you to get out of bed and/or get dressed for these sessions and it may be you would like more frequent but short sessions initially in order not to over tire you. Please contact me if you have any questions at all. I look forward to hearing from you.
PLEASE LEAVE MINIMUM 30 MINS SPACE BETWEEN APPOINTMENTS
I OFFER A FREE 15 MIN INTRO SESSION FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
Lorna combines her own experience, research and empathetic approach to provide a truly holistic and helpful service. I've spoken to Lorna quite a few times now, and each time has been comforting.
I now feel much more positive, and it is really good to know there is someone to talk to who understands what I'm going through, and has found a positive route forward themselves.
I'm still learning from Lorna, and hope to continue to do so until I'm well again.
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Lorna combines her own experience, research and empathetic approach to
provide a truly wholistic and helpful service.
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Very approachable, good vibes!
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Having had personal experience of illness means Lorna speaks from
experience as well as professionally. I really appreciated this. I
would thoroughly recommend her as someone who can empower and encourage.
Learning some breathing and mindfulness exercises have made a big
difference in managing my anxiety.
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Lorna has provided me with some practical tools to deal with my complex
heath issues that have made me feel back in control in of my life again.
She is a very empathic practitioner with considerable knowledge of
mindfulness, meditation, nutrition and other therapies that she has
acquired through her own experience, training and research. By working
with her my overall quality of life has improved and I can cope much
better when having a bad day.
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