Lyndsey Meer MA, PGDip., B.Ed. Hons., Reg MBACP
01580 880219 / 07788 713564
Hello and thank you for looking at my site.
I have been counselling privately for over twenty years and employed by a registered charity for seven. During this time I have encountered hundreds of lovely human beings who are struggling with what it is to be ok with themselves when their lives feel out of hand and out of control. My approach is fundamentally humanistic and empathetic, supported by high academic qualifications and long term experience in various professional counselling organisations, including Relate and the segregation unit of a category A prison.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
While I work with all the 'usual' subjects that bring people to counselling I am also very used to addressing issues we sometimes feel would be 'silly' to bring to therapy, such as anxiety, loneliness, secrets, guilt, meaninglessness, jealousy, loss of self esteem or sense of self, despair, unhappiness and strange dreams. I am also very experienced in working with generalised anxiety disorder and with different forms of loss and bereavement and the distress that comes with feeling that we 'should have got over it.'
Before professional training I worked voluntarily for the Samaritans, usually with depression, suicide and anxiety issues, and with the bereavement organisation Cruse.
I started training to be a therapist after I had cause to see one myself and realized what a relief, help, support and eventual challenge good counselling could be. My approach is compassionate, empathic, direct and professional and, if necessary, long-term. My basic training (Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling) is Person-centred, my MA was primarily Psycho-dynamic and the training for family and couples work was mostly in Systemics. I also work with Transactional Analysis and Existentialism, have a full CRB check and am fully insured. I make full use of excellent supervision, both individual and Group, believing it to be the essential under-pinning of good practice.
I know that anyone can experience times when coping and managing 'ordinary life' can become almost too much to bear and that the support of someone experienced, confident, objective and kind can be invaluable.
I do not charge as high a fee as many counsellors because I remember very well when I needed counselling but could not afford to pay for it. If you come to talk to me we will work in my small, private study in a corner of my garden where we will be assured of privacy and peace.
Day and evening times available and I can usually be flexible if you need to be.
Please note I no longer work with couples.
Thank you for reading this. Lyndsey.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. Counselling Studies University of Brighton
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
B.Ed Brunel University
'Relate' University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling Doncaster University
'Relate Counsellor' Certificate
'Working With Families' Certificate in Systemic Practice London
'Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse' Certificate
'Supporting Parents of Children with Additional Needs'
'Domestic Violence & Abuse Assessment & Intervention'
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Individuals - £40
Please note that the counselling session will last 50 minutes, not an hour.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client