Lynda Rolington Reg.MBACP(Accred) Counsellor; Adoption Counsellor & Supervisor
Birkbeck Natural Health Clinic
01732 367660 / 020 8302 2624 / 07818 405931
I have had many years experience working closely with young people, adults and couples of all ages in counselling and in education. This experience and the knowledge that people can, with support, find a way forward in difficult times reinforces my belief in the importance of counselling in helping people to change their lives for the better.
Life has the habit of presenting us with many challenges, problems or crises which can seem overwhelming, lead to feelings of despair, loss of control or low self-esteem. Most of the time we cope with difficulties, but sometimes we need support and talking to a professional counsellor in confidence can help us to deal more successfully with those problems. Through understanding and empathy, problems, anxieties or troubling feelings can be worked through; clients develop insights, move forward and make choices for themselves. By taking back control of their lives people feel empowered and happier.
As a Person-Centred and Humanistic Counsellor, I work in a non-judgemental way, gently exploring with a client what is troubling them. However, we are all unique individuals and each client has different needs. I believe that it is important to work in a holistic way and I will use an integrated approach, incorporating different humanistic models of counselling if I think it is appropriate, and may incorporate cognitive behavioural therapy too if it helps.
What is best for the client at the time is always at the heart of the therapy.
I work with a range of issues, including working with individuals, couples and young people. Issues vary at one end of the spectrum to relationship difficulties, separation and divorce, stress, abuse, bereavement, anger management and depression to, at the other end, anxiety and panic disorders, eating disorders and self-harm. I also provide therapy for students studying counselling. See below for a full list.
Couples Counselling and Relationship Issues are mostly about how people relate and communicate. It is aimed at helping partners gain a deeper understanding and insight into these issues, enabling couples to understand each other better and engage more creatively with the challenges of relationships. Sometimes the work is about dealing with the painful outcomes of affairs and betrayals. There are times when differences cannot be reconciled and counselling is about helping couples through separation and divorce. Children and family are an important consideration in family break-ups and difficult relationships. Talking through what they may be experiencing and having insights into how to help them can also be a part of that work.
Children especially often find it difficult or embarrassing to share their innermost feelings and fears with a family member. Child related issues can result in difficult behaviour patterns, low self-confidence or self-esteem, sometimes eating disorders or self-harm. Being able to talk to a counsellor in confidence helps to overcome those barriers. My aim in working with young people is to help them explore sensitive issues before they become long term problems and enable them to enjoy fulfilling and happy lives.
I am also an Adoption Counsellor registered with LINK Adoption Support, part of Barnardos registered Adoption Services London East and South East. To work with Adoption issues it is a legal requirement that the counsellor is a Registered Trained Adoption Counsellor.
I have seen a number of people, of all ages, with issues relating to Adoption. Adoption can affect any member of the families involved, from the adoptee and adoptive family members, to the birth family and siblings. Many personal difficulties may stem from someone being adopted, including lack of self-esteem and confidence to feelings of abandonment and rejection, as well as issues around adoptees wanting to meet with birth families, or vice versa. Talking to a trained Adoption Counsellor can help with exploring those feelings and look at ways forward and what may be encountered for those wishing to make contact with a birth family member.
I recognise that the current economic climate may mean many people are experiencing extra anxiety or stress. This can lead to depression and anger, even addictions. If this applies to you and you would like help but are finding it financially difficult to afford private counselling, then please call to discuss whether special rates are available to help you.
Students of Counselling may also apply for a special rate for counselling as I know they too often find the level of therapy commitment to be expensive.
As a Post Grad Qualified Supervisor, I am also available to offer Supervision to other qualified Counsellors and Counsellors in training.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, an Advanced Certificate in Couple Counselling, a Post-Grad Certificate in CBT and a Cert. in Systemic Counselling (working with families).
I am a Trained and Registered Counsellor with Barnardo's Adoption Agency which is registered to provide adoption placement and support services. This also includes Therapeutic Counselling and Attachment Focussed Counselling.
I am a qualified Counselling Supervisor with a Post-Graduate Cert in Supervision.
I am an Registered Accredited Member of BACP, Reg MBACP (Accred), also a Member of GTC (General Teaching Council).
My other qualifications include:
Post Grad. Diploma in Education (DMS Ed.); Cert Ed.
I work with individuals, couples and young people. I currently run a private counselling practice from clinics in Tonbridge, Sidcup and Tunbridge Wells and take referrals from local schools and Employee Assistance Agencies.. I am also a Staff Support Counsellor for KCC and the NHS. In the past I have worked as a Student Counsellor at Brighton University, University of Creative Arts (UCA) and for West Kent Primary Care Trust taking referrals from GPs.
I am also available as a Supervisor for other Counsellors, experienced or in training.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adoption Counselling - all persons related to adoption
Attachment Focussed Counselling
Bi-polar and manic depression
Work related issues
Separation and divorce
Working with young people and children
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
From £45 - for one to one Counselling;
£68 for couples;
£55 for Counselling Supervision
Special rates for Counselling students and for schools;
Special rates may also be available for unemployed.
As well as having a private counselling practice, counselling in schools and for the local authority and NHS, I also do talks on Eating Disorders and Self-Harm.
I have extensive experience working with children, have been responsible for Child Protection within education and hold an Advanced Criminal Records Bureau Certifcate for working with children and vulnerable people.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday daytime and evening appointments and Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Counselling Supervision to experienced counsellors and counsellors in training. Currently I work from Tonbridge in Kent and Sidcup in South East London.View supervision profile