Beccy Lindsay Accredited & Registered BACP, UKCP Post-Graduate Dip, CRUSE Accred
(I now offer online video or phone sessions.)
If you suffer from Anxiety or Depression then this may have been intensified during the virus Lockdown and through the gradual lifting of restrictions. Anxious and Depressed feelings can be distressing and affect your confidence. It may feel as though your energy to do things and make new things happen for yourself isn't there. You may find yourself keeping your feelings of panic or lethargy a secret or that others can't understand what it's like for you. When you feel overwhelmed it can help to share and talk about this in counselling so that together, we can find your way through it.
Living in a difficult or abusive relationship may also have been intensified and more unsafe during this virus period.This can apply in a couple relationship or if you are in a family or household situation that is very upsetting. For the moment, your ways of getting distance from others in the house, is more limited than it may ever have been.Through counselling, voicing your anxieties or depressed state, is a first step towards grounding yourself, being heard and making good choices.
Another important effect of the lockdown and it's lifting, may also be feeling that your options have been shut down and your opportunities suddenly and unfairly, cut off and uncertain. In counselling it helps to think aloud about this shocking change to your prospects and to work together to reshape your approach to your future.
I am an experienced, BACP Accredited Counsellor for individuals and couples in East Sheen London SW14. I provide counselling and therapy for individuals and couples in the Richmond area and have been offering affordable support in South West London for more than fifteen years. I work in a relaxed conversational way and currently offer online video/phone sessions.
At an initial session, you will be able to tell me about your reasons for coming to counselling. It may be the feelings the virus situation is highlighting or other issues and we will talk about the help you would like to get. An introductory session is a way to think about the changes you would like to make and find out what it is like to have a counselling session. Usually clients say that it is a relief to talk about what is on their minds and turn to counselling for help.
If you are looking for counselling at this time, Corona virus may have brought up anxieties about your life and issues that are daunting or painful. If your issues seem to be repeating, or this new difficulty is very distressing, I encourage you to share your situation in counselling for confidential professional guidance.
How I can help:
Whether you are suffering from the isolation of the virus, trauma, bullying, addiction, panic attacks, anxiety, paranoia or depression or you are at a crisis over a relationship issue, counselling gives you the chance to work through your problems in privacy. Feelings that are overwhelming or behaviours in yourself that you struggle to control can be reasons to decide to get help.
You may be feeling sad or frightened, empty inside or trapped in your own repeating thoughts, or feeling that people are against you or don't understand what it is like to be you. Corona virus may be emphasising your feelings of being unable to progress in your relationships, friendships or career, or your life in general. At some point in our lives, almost all of us need to be listened to and understood. Sometimes it takes a recent event in our lives, even like our current lockdown situation, to help us decide that we want to make changes.
My areas of training and experience include:
- panic attacks
- relationship issues
- bipolar disorder -- -
- abuse (verbal, emotional, physical and/or sexual)
- making life-changing decisions
- loss and bereavement
- visual loss
- diversity and cultural difference
- eating disorders
- post traumatic stress disorder
-addiction - --
How do I start?
By asking for an introductory session, we can discuss how I can help, and how you would like to take counselling forward. You may be bringing a specific problem or several difficulties that you feel that you can't overcome and you can't or don't want to cope alone with them anymore; we would talk these over in your introductory session. I use boundary-setting techniques to help you manage situations, while we work at a deeper lever on what triggers your symptoms. If you choose to continue and have some further sessions, we will address the issues that you are bringing and support you to find a way out of the painful feelings you are having. We will give you the confidence to make changes in your life that you have been needing or wanting to make.
Many of my clients have just taken it one session at a time for a bit, checking that they feel comfortable and motivated to continue. In itself, deciding to have counselling is progress. You can expect to find it a relief to have someone to talk problems over with in a safe place. If you recognise any of your issues in what you have been reading, I encourage you to reach out for the counselling support that I offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited & Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Full clinical member of the UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association)
- NHS Moorfields Nurses Counselling Network
- Accredited by CRUSE Beareavement Care
- Working with Auditory Processing disorder and sight loss- Richmond Education
- UKCP accredited Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
- London Marriage Guidance Council Psychodynamic Relationship Training
- Accredited CRUSE Training in Bereavement and Loss
- BA(Hons) Psychology and Human Behaviour
- Specialist experience in post traumatic stress disorder
- Specialist experience with Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Specialist experience with physical and emotional and sexual abuse
- Specialist experience with eating disorders
- Training and experience in working with Auditory Processing Disorder
- Professional liability insurance
- ICO membership
- Maintaining regular supervision and professional development training
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Eating disorders
- Career, business and workplace issues.
- Bereavement counselling
- Physical, sexual and verbal abuse.
- Bullying at school, at home and in the workplace.
- Introductory sessions for individuals are £50, for couples £55 or discretionary rates.
- Sessions thereafter cost £65 for individuals, and £70 for couples. (50 minutes)
- Concessions negotiable, please contact to discuss.
Short-term or long-term counselling?
You don't have to decide straightaway. Many of my clients come to counselling (video link or phone in, for now) and play it by ear until a natural pace to the work establishes and they feel what is right for them.
Short-term counselling offers the chance to focus on a specific issue and alleviate the selected target area. We work more in the present than in the past, noticing the triggers that disrupt everyday experiences or set off difficult symptoms.
In longer term counselling, the trust we establish allows us to understand what is happening to you. By becoming aware of the causes of your symptoms, counselling can adjust your responses until you feel more self-esteem and are able to manage situations that usually 'snag' you.
Should I choose individual or couple counselling?
Individual counselling can help with a wide range of difficult situations and problems. You may have historical issues or an addiction or repeating relationship issues. You may be suffering from depression and/or anxiety or not know how to name what is upsetting you. You may feel that you urgently need help or you may feel worried or frightened that your life is spiralling out of control. This range of distress is addressed in individual counselling.
If you come for couple counselling, we would look to see which repeated patterns between you cause arguments. If your relationship is at a crisis point, then the presence of a counsellor can help you each to feel listened to and to voice your side of the difficulties, as we work towards a new understanding. It can be much more productive and safer to have a mediating presence guiding you both through, as you take risks in what you say, in order to save or heal your relationship. (Or look for a healthy ending if that is what you want to agree on, perhaps where children are involved.)
Location and Travel
Currently my practice is on video link (Whereby.com) or by phone call. Normally, sessions are in a pleasant private residence in East Sheen / Richmond. The roads in the vicinity have unrestricted parking. It is within easy reach of Richmond, Barnes and Mortlake stations. Bus routes include 33, 337 & 419 & 493.
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