My name is Lori Fitzgerald and I’m…

  • a counsellor
  • a coach and mentor
  • a creative/arts therapist
  • an illustrator

…i’m also…

…warm, friendly, honest and have a dark sense of humour as well as being a huge introvert when I’m not working. I love the practice of mindful compassion and taking everything at a pace that calms the nervous system and allows for a greater level of awareness in our lives.

I’ve been supporting clients in a variety of different therapeutic ways since 1996 and I absolutely committed to therapeutic and creative work.

I want to share with you a little about how I got here and what this means for you…

…psychology, art therapy and adventure…

I didn’t enter the world of coaching and counselling through the standard route of formal counsellor training. Instead, I originally studied psychology and creative/art therapeutic practices. During my heady student years in London I also worked as an architectural assistant, a PR manager, a project manager for fashion shows and a celebrity stylist. I also trained to be a volunteer counsellor with a sexual health charity – I worked evenings and weekends supporting people who had received, or who were expecting to receive, an HIV positive diagnosis. As you can imagine this time was tough and beautiful all rolled into one necessary experiential package. I learnt a great deal but I knew I had a lot more to learn…

…new beginnings…

I moved back to Leeds (in beautiful Yorkshire) and accepted a role working for a charity which managed three projects for homeless young people. After that, I moved on to working in a ‘wet’ centre where I supported women with issues around alcohol dependency.

Next up was parenthood…

…a bundle of profound joy tinged with something uninvited…

My first (gorgeous) baby arrived in 2001. My pregnancy was great fun but the birth itself wasn’t the ‘hard-work-but-joy-filled’ experience that I had hoped for. Although I loved my baby son very much it wasn’t long before I realised that something wasn’t quite ‘right’ with the way I was feeling in myself. It turned out that I had what I now know to be ‘Birth Trauma’ (or ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’/PTSD) but instead I was incorrectly diagnosed with Postnatal Depression (PND). What followed was a four-year search for good solid information about Birth Trauma (there was little available at that time), and a great deal of self-healing with support from family, close friends, a patient therapist, a fantastic homeopath and a wonderful acupuncturist.

…a design for life…

In 2006, while finishing my design degree, I set up the first Birth Trauma support group outside of London in the UK. I facilitated fortnightly meetings for other women (and their partners) who, like me, had experienced a traumatic birth. By this point I personally felt recovered, had no more signs of PTSD and was able to support others ethically and with sound knowledge. This was a real game changer for me. Between 2006 and 2010 life was good. I had (& still have) my fantastic partner, my incredible son and I cruised along working in a few different marketing and design roles whilst growing as a mum. I also expanded my horizons abroad meeting fantastic people in far-flung places.

…a new life…

In 2010 I found out that I was pregnant again and decided to look into what I needed to do to have a positive birth experience this time around. I was really surprised to discover that there were far more choices available to birthing women than I’d previously known about. I also found out that women had far more rights when birthing than I’d originally thought. This totally threw open (in an amazingly positive way) my personal life choices and changed the way I worked.

…small steps…

During my final months of pregnancy and my daughter’s first few months, I established – with support from a fantastic midwife friend (Sue) and the best supervisor a woman could ask for (Susan Utting-Simon) – my small counselling service. I also became a WellWoman and Wellness Coach-Counsellor going on to support women with their lives, their choices, their psyches, their bodies and their health. This service became far bigger than the initial pregnancy and post-natal specialist support service I had anticipated offering. It grew to be an international counselling and psychotherapy service for women.

In the first five years I supported many fantastic people. I realised that although someone books in to talk about a specific area of their life, 99% of the time they share so much more with me….

The work between therapist and client is intense and can be profound, and clients would sometimes describe their therapeutic time as ‘transformative’. I bloody loved this word (and world) and this got me thinking…

…transformative times…

In 2015, as a direct result of client feedback and after another 5 years of study finishing postgraduate qualifications in coaching, sex & relationship therapies, domestic violence advocacy & support, and mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy I decided it was time to combine this accumulation of a lifetime’s intensive study and personal life experiences. I wanted to really push my growing therapy business and offer radical transformative humanist coaching for people who, like you, maybe want to turn their lives around in a profound way and with as little bullsh*t as possible.

So I named it ‘Love Your Life’…not because we gloss over anything and aim for sparkly unicorn-like perfection…but because I want to support you with a deeper level of loving understanding. I know we will always have ups and downs and to work through everything with someone we trust gives us this gift of understanding. And to really understand ourselves supports us to accept the whole of our life/ourselves (including the good, the bad, and the ugly) and generates a level of awareness that can feel very freeing…..It’s called ‘turning towards’ and it’s one of the most profoundly loving actions we can undertake with ourselves.

And I wanted to be able to offer all of this coaching alongside the existing psychotherapy and counselling service already on offer. This gives you more supportive choices for your mental and emotional wellbeing. So that’s what my business offers….

…and now….it’s over to you…

Choose from nurturing counselling & psychotherapy, or a number of different transformative coaching courses, or some creative personal or professional mentoring, or a dab of art therapy….the choice is 100% yours 🙂

…i would love to hear from you….

To book your free confidential 20 minute introductory session please fill in the private contact form here (or on the contact page) and I’ll get back to you with a warm hello and further details within 48 hours.

Lori x