About Lorna Allport
My Journey as a counsellor
My previous job had left me bored, unfulfilled, and feeling that I had much more to offer. I wanted to be able to support people who were experiencing difficulties or injustices or struggling to cope with life in general, and felt particularly drawn to families who had endured domestic abuse. As a starting point, I trained with the Scottish Domestic Helpline service to offer callers support and advice over the telephone. In conjunction with this, I gained a position supporting individuals with learning difficulties, mental health issues and challenging behaviour.
Around this time I suffered bereavement in my personal life, with which I struggled to cope while supporting my two young children. Thankfully, I was offered counselling, which had a very positive impact on me and helped me to live again.
From my own positive experience, the benefits of counselling and my work in supporting others, I knew that I had found my vocation in life and that the next stage of my journey would be to train as a counsellor. I studied at Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde and achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. I am a member of the BACP. During my course I undertook counselling practice at Anniesland College, where I gained extensive experience working with student clients from all age groups. I continue to work in an education setting and have gained valuable experience from working with children in a high school.
Since then I have never looked back, and am highly committed to my role as a counsellor. I feel extremely privileged to accompany my clients on their journeys of self-discovery and to facilitate their progress towards fulfilment in their lives. In conjunction with my private practice, since 2014 I have also provided counselling at St Andrews Hospice, where I have acquired particular experience of working with the bereaved and those who are anticipating bereavement. Having felt very fulfilled in this role, I have continued to work in a hospice setting.
I have worked with a wide range of clients over both short and long-term periods, and with clients enduring various psychological disturbances. I am very interested in mindfulness, which I seek to incorporate into my practice, and enjoy keeping up to date with new approaches and developments in counselling research and theory. I also enjoy the new challenges and experience that each individual client brings. Outside of work, my hobbies include cooking, reading, travelling, outdoor activities and socialising with friends and family. I have travelled extensivley throughout Asia, Australia, North America and the South Pacific.
I have also undertaken the following training:
Advanced training in trauma, abuse and dissociation.
Advanced domestic abuse training.
Advanced spirituality and bereavement training.
MBSR in mindfullness.
HND in children's counselling
Training in working with High school children.
CBT is very useful for the more focused client and be useful in the short term.
Are you ready to book an appointment with Lorna?Contact Me
Initial Assessment - £30
Face to Face individual counselling - £40
Telephone counselling - £35
Concessions - £35
What my clients say about me
Lorna has provided me with invaluable support during an extremely difficult period in my life.
I was able to tell Lorna about my real feelings and by saying them out loud seemed to lift a weight off my shoulders.
She helped me realise what I was really thinking and helped me consider some actions necessary to improve my life both practically and emotionally and helped me face up to the reality of my situation.
I found Lorna very supportive and non judgemental and don’t think I could have got through this difficult time in my life without her help.
When I first started my counselling sessions with Lorna, I was overwhelmed with grief at losing my sister. The grief had taken over most aspects of my life. It affected my job, my friendships & my confidence. I was struggling with work, isolating myself from close friends & my confidence was at its lowest. I was depressed & felt I had nothing to look forward to.
It has taken time with Lorna, but I'm getting my life back on track. I'm coping better in work. I've made contact with my friends & I'm gradually getting my self confidence back.
I'm getting my life back & coping with my loss.
I am so grateful to Lorna for helping me to identify what was going wrong in my life & helping me to cope with my grief.
Thank you so much Lorna, you've helped me get my life back.
I have had meeting's with Lorna, regaurding my recent bereavement of my late wife Margaret. I have found it very helpful over the last couple of months, speaking about my anger issues over what had happened. Lorna and I spoke at great length about how I was coping with my day to day dealing with it. We also spoke about Margaret's boys, and their families on how they were dealing with the loss of their Mother. I had a lot of anger and resentment issues, with all of that. But, speaking with Lorna, it has helped me to deal and handle that a lot better. Lorna has been fantastic with me and I hope it helps me in the long term cope better with what I have been through. Once again I would like to say a big thank you to Lorna and the St Andrews Hospice for helping me through this most difficult time in my life. I have found it very comforting knowing that there is help out there, for people like myself who need to talk about how to deal with their Bereavement.