Lindsey Markwell, Integrative Counsellor BA, BACP Accredited Registered
Hi there and welcome to my page. I feel it's useful to tell you a little about my work training so that you can get an idea of whether I am the right counsellor for you.
I have helped a wide diversity of people, with my special interests including: extreme trauma, abuse, anxiety, addiction, domestic abuse, self hatred, self harm, depression, harmful relationships with parents - past or present, complex issues around food, problems in relationships, parenting issues, family issues, health issues, sudden onset and long term disability, Chronic pain including migraine, sexual issues, sexuality and gender reassignment. This is a small snapshot of issues people have come to me with but whatever is on your mind we can work together to help you find a way through.
Counselling can be a life changing experience which I understand from having counselling myself, and I feel that it is extremely important to find the right counsellor. I am happy to have a chat on the phone or over email before booking our first session so that you feel reassured before our first session.
Taking the first steps to looking after ourselves is always hard, but the life long benefits to balancing stress or negative thoughts and feeling less alone is profoundly important.
Everyone at some stage can benefit from taking a step back from life and assessing where they are coming from, where they find themselves and where they are going. This step back offers an opportunity to check if any changes to the course may be needed to get to a place within ourselves which is a little different to where we may be heading. It may be a sudden traumatic event or a long term issue. Counselling offers a place to be heard, seen, listened to and supported. A safe and confidential environment helps people to talk about issues which may be too big to tackle with friends, family or partners. A counsellor is completely removed from your situation and therefore does not have a hidden agenda or a biased view of your circumstances. Sometimes there just isn't time or space in hectic day-to-day living to slow down, re-evaluate and talk in a way that you will be truly listened to by someone who has the skills and empathy to help.
I am sensitive to the fact that not everyone can physically travel to attend sessions. If you have any additional needs we can work together to make the counselling room as comfortable as possible for you. I offer Skype counselling which can be used during illness, accidents or can be used for the entire counselling process. So much of communication is non verbal that I do not offer telephone counselling in general, because body language and facial expressions are completely lost, Skype counselling offers a brilliant substitute when meeting face to face is not possible.
I have been working in private practice for six years since 2011 and provide a warm and professional therapeutic relationship. I will always do my best to be flexible to your needs and work with you to schedule the most convenient session time on Mondays or Saturdays (my private practice days) and to be flexible in my approach. Different people benefit from different ways of working therapeutically and I focus on how to get the most therapeutic benefit from our work together, whether you wish to have just a few sessions to check in and re-evaluate where you are currently in life or if you are looking for a longer term course of counselling to share a longer term problem, either way I am here to offer you support. Sessions can be flexible, some people like to meet weekly and for others every 2-3 weeks works better for a number of reasons.
I offer a reliable, discreet and supportive service. Basepoint is a professional and anonymous counselling setting, which many people prefer to attending a counsellors home - for example. Here at Basepoint there is free parking, a spacious reception area with comfortable seating and refreshments, you are welcome to come in and wait if you arrive early or wish to gather your thoughts before or after a session.
I started my counselling training in 2008, prior to which I worked in a variety of mental health roles within the NHS. I have been passionate about and interested in counselling and psychological well-being since 1999 and I bring my lifetime of human experience to my role which has shaped me as a person and informed my training and therapeutic relationships throughout my counselling career. I continue to train, expand my knowledge and undergo regular Continued Professional Development. I work with adults aged 18+ and have worked with people of all ages from those in their teens to those in their eighties.
Please note I do not accept counselling referrals on behalf of a partner, parent, friend or child. Deciding to seek counselling is a deeply personal decision and therefore I am unable to offer an appointment to anyone but the person seeking counselling for themselves. I am happy to discuss my service with a third party.
Counselling Specialisms include but not limited to:
Anxiety Counselling (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder and PTSD) - moving towards positive change/a more balanced state of being in all areas of life.
Body Psychotherapy including feeling ill at ease in your body or wanting to modify your body.
Depression Counselling helping you to find new ways of relating to and working with depression.
Eating Disorders - including Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder as well as ways of self harming with food such as disregarding diabetic needs and intolerance boundaries.
General Counselling - please contact me to discuss your needs and we can move forward from that point together.
Health and Disability Counselling, whether its a sudden change or a long term illness our relationships with our bodies and our health changes with new challenges which can involve a significant emotional component.
Restricted Growth and Dwarfism for which my counselling room can be made comfortable for you.
Self harm counselling working in a solution focused way towards positive coping strategies.
Sexuality Counselling including positive sexual identity establishment (often following trauma - including assault, surgery and childbirth), healthy sexual relationships with self and others and LGBT+ Affirmative Counselling.
Stress Counselling including solution focused counselling for life, relationship and work stress.
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - including 2 years experience with Survivors In Transition.
Tel: 07830366849 - 24 hour answerphone (I welcome text enquiries)
Skype: Session can be arranged via Skype, please contact me to discuss
Training, qualifications & experience
I am been a member of the BACP Accredited Register since 2016.
2015 Integrative Counselling Bachelor of Arts with Honours - University Campus Suffolk - 2.1
2012-2014 Integrative Counselling FdA Degree - University Campus Suffolk - Merit
2009 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Chrysalis Accredited Professional Therapy Training
2008 Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills – Chrysalis Accredited Professional Therapy Training, Accredited Training by the Royal College of Nursing
Additionally I develop my professional expertise with regular professional training and development, for example so far in 2017 I have focussed my CPD training on Eating Disorders with Julia Buckroyd and also Self Harm.
My experience of working as a counsellor has included working in private practice since 2011. I worked as a volunteer with Survivors in Transition (a charity supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse) for two years between 2013-2015). I am also the University Counsellor for the University of Suffolk alongside my Private Practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Plus) issues.
Restricted Growth and Dwarfism.
Disability, including Hypermobility, Arthritis and chronic pain.
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Individual Counselling £50.00 per hour (including consultation appointments).
Reduced fees of £40.00 are available for those on lower incomes.
Reduced fees of £35.00 are available for students.
Basepoint offers disabled access, my counselling room is based on the ground floor and can comfortably accommodate wheelchairs. There is a large car park directly onsite which is free and has disabled parking spaces and good building access. Basepoint is easily accessed from Ipswich, East Suffolk and is very close to the A14, just off Junction 57.
If you are unable to attend my practice due to transport limitations or for health reasons or disability I also gladly offer a skype counselling service.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays & Saturdays only. I work in another professional setting Tuesday-Friday, there may be a short delay in my reply if you contact me on those days.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|