Lindsey Stephens, Dip.Couns, MBACP
Sometimes life can feel too difficult to handle on your own and that's where counselling can help.
You might not even know exactly what the problem is, but things just don't feel right or it might be an issue that has been troubling you for years but you have never known quite where to start in making a change. Counselling can provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to explore what is troubling you.
I will listen without judgement and together we can try to work out a way forward so that you can begin to live the life you want to be living.
I work as an integrative counsellor, which means I will draw on different techniques and approaches if they seem helpful to you. Everyone is unique and no one fixed way suits everybody.
I have experience of working with a range of client issues including:
- domestic abuse issues
- life transitions
- relationship and attachment issues
- sexual abuse
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Person-Centred therapist which means I believe the relationship between the client and the counsellor is the bedrock from which change and growth can take place. During our sessions I may also draw on techniques from other styles of counselling such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as and when they appear relevant and helpful. I have a particular interest in using mindfulness techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts that might be getting in the way of you living the life you want to be living.
I am a qualified and registered counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
I am fully insured and hold a DBS enhanced Certificate.
I attend regular workshops to update my CPD and have regular individual and group supervision meetings to ensure my practice is working to meet my clients' needs.
My experience includes working with a not for profit community counselling organisation and a domestic violence charity.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £45 per session, payable by cash or direct transfer in advance.