Choosing the right counsellor for you is really important. It can be difficult to know who to choose, or what to look for in a counsellor. Knowing a little more about how we work and what we are able to support you with can be really helpful.
My name is Lynsey, and I live and work in Somerset. I’m a Mum to two grown up boys, and I understand how exhausting life can get. Alongside my counselling, I am a specialist mentor for university students. I support students throughout their studies. Additionally, I am a counsellor within a local college.
Why did I decide to become a counsellor?
Following my own personal experiences over the years, I saw how useful counselling could be, and how much of a positive impact it can have upon a person’s’ life. For example, helping to adjust to life with chronic illness. Or, helping those who have lost a loved one. Also, I simply love helping others.
How do I work?
There are different ways that I work. It will depend on what you would like to get out of your therapy.
For example, a goal-oriented therapy could be what you are looking for. This is where we make goals, and work out what the steps are to get there.
On the other hand, you may prefer having a space to talk freely without setting goals. Quite often people aren’t too sure – and that’s okay as well. As the counselling sessions take place, there is a natural direction we take.
Because I want to continue to support improved access to counselling, I offer online, telephone & face-to-face sessions. However, due to the Covid-19 situation, all of my work is currently remote.
How can I help?
Some of the areas that I can support with are:
o Anxiety / Worry
o Depression / Low Mood
o Low Self-Confidence
o Stress / Feeling Overwhelmed
o Uncertainty / Feeling Stuck
o Bereavement / Grief
o Coping with Health Issues (Specialism in working with ME/CFS)
*Please note, this list isn’t exclusive.
I am a fully qualified & insured counsellor. Additionally, I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Website link: www.bacp.co.uk The BACP helps therapists to maintain professional standards. Therefore, as a member, I work within their ethical code of practice ensuring a protected service for clients.
- Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Introduction to Counselling Skills.
Other relevant Qualifications:
- Degree: (BSc. Hons) Psychology & Sociology (2:1) (2003)
- PGCE: Primary Education (2007)
- MA: Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice (Current)
Continual Professional Development (CPD):
It is really important that I continue to learn & develop as counsellor. Therefore, I take part in frequent CPD activities to ensure that I am working ethically and safely. To date, these include: Data Protection training; Safeguarding; Prevent training; Equality & Diversity awareness and CBT skills.
Online & Telephone Appointments: £50
A limited number of concessions are available for those on a very low income / student counsellors.
*Making sure that it’s the right fit for you will help you to get the most out of your counselling. Therefore, I offer a free 20 minute initial consultation where we can discuss what has brought you to counselling & the support that you are looking for.
If you have any questions, please do get in touch so that we have a chat.
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