Lorna Polke - Curriculum Vitae

Job Title:         Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Qualifications:  Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2012)
                        Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Qualification (2005)
                        Diploma in Working with Adolescents (2003)
                        Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (1997) 
                        Diploma in Counselling (1985)      
                        Registered Health Visitor (1971)      
                        Registered General Nurse (1968)        
Professional    Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
Professional    United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP reg no 06158686)

Employment   1997-present  Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in private practice  
Record:           2006–2010     Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
                                            Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
                       1995-2006      Senior Nurse Therapist
                                            Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Southampton PCT
                       1998-2004      Head of Counselling 
                                            Compass Counselling Service, Lymington, Hampshire       
                       1993-1995      Nurse Therapist
                                            Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service,  Southampton PCT
                       1990–1992      Research Health Visitor
                                             Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Southampton PCT


I have more than 20 years experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and have worked with all ages of children and young people and their families. I have experience of treating a wide range of difficulties including attachment problems, depression, anxiety, challenging behaviour, problems in school, ADHD,  loss/bereavement, when there are family mental health problems and with children who are adopted or ‘looked after’ by the local authority.

In my role as head  of Counselling in Lymington, I held clinical responsibility for the work carried out within the service and took  a lead in service development. In my most recent NHS post, I was team leader for the Psychotherapy Team, liaising with referrers and chairing referral meetings for the Psychotherapy Team.

Supervision / Consultation
I have recently built upon many years experience as a supervisor, by completing a Diploma in Supervision (WPF). I have been supervising two groups of counsellors for several years, as well as individuals within the NHS and in Private Practice. In CAMHS I have had a consultation role as part of the Looked After Children Team and also ran consultation groups for Primary Care workers such as Health Visitors and School Nurses.  

Teaching / Training
I have run courses for Health Visitors and School Nurses on Behaviour Problems in Under 5s and in School Age children. Within the NHS I have delivered seminars and training sessions for the multi-disciplinary team.

I have taken part in research on sleep difficulties in under fives and have been involved extensively in the auditing of services within CAMHS.

Continuing Professional Development
I read journals and papers and I regularly attend seminars, workshops and conferences on a wide range of topics linked to my professional practice. I attend a Continuing Professional Development Group  and have regular supervision for my own practice. I meet the rCPD requirements of my regulating professional body.