Loraine Cairns is an experienced, professionally accredited and highly qualified therapist, based in Barnstaple, North Devon. She balances her professionalism with a warm, relational approach.

Loraine draws on her extensive training to offer a bespoke therapeutic service tailored to each client’s specific needs and wishes.

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Loraine Cairns
Registered MBACP (Accred)

Professional Services

Contacting a therapist to enquire about counselling or psychotherapy can be a daunting prospect. Finding your way to this page on my website could be that first ‘single step’. I hope you find the website helpful.

Please feel free to take the next step and contact me for further information, and to get a sense of whether I could be the right therapist for you. The ‘right fit’ of therapist is an important consideration. Read more about the therapeutic relationship here.

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CairnCounselling is based in Queens House in the centre of Barnstaple. It is near the bus station and next to Queen Street car park.

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Queens House offers a discreet, professional and welcoming environment for your therapy.

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Loraine’s consultation room is on the second floor and is accessible by lift or stairs.

Mental Health

Loraine has experience working with a wide range of common life events, as well as with more complex mental health problems.

Click on the links below for information about just some of the issues people often seek help for.

Addictions & Compulsions

Some common addictive and compulsive behaviours are collecting, hoarding, gambling, gaming, eating, exercising, sex, shopping, watching pornography. They will all be linked to a range of powerful underlying feelings. Read more..


Feeling angry is normal and forms part of the wide palette of human emotions.

Healthy anger energizes us to stand up for and protect ourselves and others. It can be a sign of positive self-esteem and respect for others. Read more..


Anxiety serves us well when it warns us of potential danger or harm, or reminds us of our natural human vulnerability. However, anxiety that escalates and forms a stranglehold on our daily existence is at best unpleasant and at worst debilitating. Read more..


People often talk of ‘feeling depressed’. Whether or not this feeling would comply with the formal diagnostic definition of clinical depression, the reality is that experiencing a consistently low mood affects our quality of life and often, by extension, that of our loved ones. Read more..

Grief & Loss

A bereavement is any significant loss. Many bereavements can be extremely difficult to come to terms with. We are often unprepared for the profound experience of grief, which touches the whole of our being – our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. Read more..

Relationship Issues

As human beings we are social animals and relationship seeking. At any age we need positive and healthy relationships to thrive, which is why relationship difficulties can cause us such great pain and distress. Read more..


While external events may well impact upon us, our internal stress derives from the feeling of a basic threat – a perceived inability to cope with whatever it is we are facing. Read more..

Trauma & PTSD

In recent decades, huge strides have been made in understanding and treating trauma. Nevertheless, people suffering the insidious and often debilitating symptoms of trauma often still struggle to gain access to appropriate treatment. Read more..

For help with these and a wide range of common mental health issues and life problems contact Loraine in confidence.

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