Hello, my name is Lin, I am a fully qualified, B.A.C.P registered, and insured counsellor. I believe everyone is completely unique with their own story and life experience and I try to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you can work through your problems. I work closely with you to build a mutual, close and trusting relationship in which you can feel free to explore your past, present, and future potential for growth and positive change.
My personal experience of counselling has taught me that nobody is exempt from the struggles that life can throw at us and, whether it is a life event such as bereavement, losing your job or divorce, for example, or longer term difficulties in working out who you are and what you want or need in life it really helps to talk to someone who will listen without judging. My core, initial way of working is person-centred which means that you direct the sessions and what we talk about and you decide when to share information. I believe that when we feel heard and valued just for being who we are, we can begin to make positive changes, accept ourselves and begin to flourish. After establishing a close working relationship I often then use other strategies, which can be more directive to help you bring about positive change.
Some areas I have helped with are anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, perfectionism, control issues, grief and loss, sexual, physical or emotional abuse, trauma, work -related stress, relationship problems, behavioural issues, inner child work, poor body image, food related obsessions /compulsions and eating disorders. If you are reading this then you have already recognised you may have a problem and had the courage to begin to look for help so whatever it is that is causing you difficulty please don't hesitate to contact me if you think we could work together.
I have recently completed a Master Practitioner Diploma course with the National Centre For Eating Disorders which has allowed me to add to my existing skill-base and work with individuals facing body image issues, anorexia, bulimia, obesity, binge-eating, purging, using laxatives or other methods for weight loss, and other, non-specified eating disorders.
In today's society, there are many messages that tell us we 'should' be or look a certain way and these can often affect how we view ourselves. If we don't feel as though we 'fit' it can feel like we are alone, different and unworthy. We can start to develop unhealthy ways of trying to become what others expect of us and what we begin to expect of ourselves. We often evaluate our worth solely by how we look, and can compare ourselves negatively with others, previous versions of ourselves, or the 'perfect' airbrushed and fake images which flood our senses through the media and society which makes us question our self worth and whether we are good enough.
Many of us use food to express, numb or manage our feelings. If we are bored,scared, frustrated, sad, lonely, angry or anxious we often turn to food to try to change how we feel, but this is only a temporary solution and the feelings often come back. We can then become stressed or anxious because we consider ourselves out of control with our eating. Often, our body image- how we feel about our weight or size, can start to become a real problem and we just can't stop thinking of food and our shape and weight and whether we are 'good enough'. We can start to feel as though we are spiralling out of control and our thinking can become entirely focused on what we are going to eat, what exercise we will do, and how we can manage the associated anxiety, critical inner voice, and negative self-beliefs.
It is at times like these, that it helps to talk to someone who will not judge you or tell you how silly you are for feeling the way you do. In our sessions I will listen to you and gently work with you to discover how you feel about yourself and identify the problems you are having and perhaps how they developed. Sometimes we can feel that if we share our thoughts, feelings and 'secret inner lives' we will be judged negatively but usually talking honestly with someone can help you start to find new and healthier ways of coping and change how you think about yourself.
I offer one to one integrative counselling - Person Centred talking Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Sand Tray and Creative Art Techniques, all within a calm and welcoming environment.
How to get started;
I offer a FREE half hour trial session where we can get to know each other with no commitment. During this first session we can talk about what you would like to get from counselling. If you are happy with this session and would like to continue we can then arrange to meet on a more regular basis. Whether you choose to have weekly, fortnightly or a more fluid, 'as and when' basis is up to you.
If you are ready to get started, would like more information, or are just curious about coming to counselling then you can contact me via text, phone or email and we can arrange to meet for the first time. I will be more than happy to help and look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc. (Hons.) Degree in Psychology
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)- B.A.C.P accredited course
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders - The National Centre For Eating Disorders (British Psychological Society Approved).
Certificate in Nutritional Skills For Eating Disorders
Practitioner skills for Obesity
Certificate in Counselling
I currently hold an enhanced DBS/CRB certificate and am fully insured.
I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P and abide by its ethical framework to ensure the optimum standard of care.
Other Qualifications include;
BSc. Degree in Home Economics
Y.M.C.A / RSA Exercise To Music
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 per hourly session. I am willing to work at a reduced rate for trainees or students over the age of 18.
Monday to Thursday 6pm til 9pm.
Fridays and Saturdays 9am til 9pm.
I work from home in a private, detached room at the end of my garden. It provides a calm and tranquil setting for sessions. Due to the restricted access, I am willing to provide home visits to individuals with disabilities as long as the setting is suitable as a counselling environment and is within 10 miles of Rayleigh.