Lindsey Markwell, Integrative Counsellor BA, Reg. MBACP
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. Counselling can be a life changing experience (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.
Counselling offers an opportunity to check if any changes could be made so that you can live with as much ease and freedom as possible. You may have experienced 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 supports you to talk about issues which may be too big to tackle with friends, family or partners. As your Counsellor I am completely removed from your situation and therefore do 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 deeply understood and empathised with in a therapeutic way.
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 Zoom or Skype Counselling which can be used during illness, accidents or for the entire Counselling process. I do not offer telephone Counselling in general, because non verbal communication is lost, however telephone sessions can be arranged on occasion.
I have been working as a Counsellor since 2011 and provide a warm and professional therapeutic relationship. People benefit from individual ways of working 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 am in private practice on Mondays and Saturdays and if you have a variable working pattern we can flex between these two days.
Basepoint is a professional and anonymous Counselling setting, which many people prefer - 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.
Prior to being a Counsellor I worked in a variety of mental health roles within the NHS. I have been passionate about Counselling and psychological well-being since 1999 and I bring my 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.
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 with adults of all ages 18+ 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 uncomfortable issues around food and chaotic eating.
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 and or Suicidal thoughts - 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 of working 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 have been a member of the BACP Accredited Register since 2016, and a Member of the BACP since 2012.
2015 Integrative Counselling Bachelor of Arts with Honours - 2.1
2012-2014 Integrative Counselling FdA Degree - Merit
2009 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
2008 Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
Additionally I develop my professional expertise with regular professional training and development, for example in 2014 I trained in working with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), in 2015 I trained in Transgender Counselling Skills, in 2017 I focussed my CPD training on Eating Disorders and Self Harm and in 2018 I have deepened my training in working with issues around Suicidality and Self Harm.
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
Individual Counselling £50.00 per hour (including consultation appointments).
Reduced fees of £40.00 per hour are available for those on lower incomes.
Reduced fees of £35.00 are available for full time students and disabled clients unable to work full time and receiving a disability benefit such as PIP. If you are unable to attend my practice due to transport limitations or for health reasons/disability I also gladly offer a Zoom/Skype counselling service with a £5 discount per session.
Basepoint offers good 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Basepoint has limited Accessible parking. My office is located on the ground floor with step free access. Unfortunately corridor doors are not power assisted. Reception staff will escort wheelchair users through the doors to the waiting area.
Mondays & Saturdays Only. I work in another counselling 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|