Lorna participated in the second group of trainees to undertake ISTDP training in the UK. and as such she was a pioneer in the days when there was a lot of hostility to ISTDP. In those early difficult days Lorna was extremely supportive to me for which I will always be grateful. She took on the arduous job of organising the IEDTA Conference in Oxford and colleagues from around the world were impressed by her quiet efficiency (firmness) and, in particular, her humour. Lorna was a highly skilled therapist and her enthusiasm for ISTDP communicated itself to all those lucky enough to meet her. We have lost a skilled therapist and a dear friend.
In appreciation, Alexandra Knowles
Lorna was a trainee in ISTDP UK’s second group. She was a pleasure to
train. But, I too want to acknowledge Lorna and her special qualities as
a therapist, supervisor, and administrator. She was talented and gifted
in all three domains. Our community has suffered the loss of someone
With deep sadness, Rob Neborsky, MD
If you are reading this, you are probably interested, practising and committed to the ideals of ISTDP. Lorna Goree, as my clinical supervisor in an IAPT service, introduced me to them. For that alone, I am grateful. But Lorna was more than a passionate advocate of this therapy: she was an excellent manager and an oasis of support and clarity when facing professional and personal dilemmas.Lorna saw the whole picture: she had an ability to elicit (with you by her side) the dynamics at play which were affecting your therapy and gave such insight which worked on so many levels. She had the capacity to hold, whilst guiding, and as I write, there are, dozens of clients coming to mind whose progress with me is because of her guidance. They grew and I grew, as a clinician and as a person. She practised what she loved.
I had the privilege to see more of Lorna on a personal level in latter years. Those of you who knew her may have noticed she always welcomed your story but didn’t share too much of her own. She faced significant health issues over a few years but talked of overcoming them with a renewed investment in herself and her family. She really enjoyed the balance she’d created and said often she looked forward to what her days had in store. I’m sure you witnessed Lorna’s sense of humour, characterised by quick wit, often said under her breath. If you were lucky enough to catch what she’d said, her observations could be hilarious.
I can’t convey how many comments I’ve heard from people who knew Lorna in various capacities in our organisation and have been energised and supported by her. She will be so missed by so many and in these very sad times, I’ll hold onto the fact our paths crossed. I’ll be forever influenced by her energy for health.
Thank you, Lorna. Patsy McGill