Lucy Etherington BSc (Hons), UKCP Registered
Update: In lockdown, I am offering telephone and Zoom counselling for the foreseeable. It may be some time before this changes. If you are happy to go ahead with online counselling, email me and we can arrange an initial free call to talk things through. Bear in mind you will need to find a safe space to speak where you cannot be overheard.
I am a professionally trained and experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor and offer confidential one-to-one therapeutic sessions from my private practice in the centre of Eye. Sessions are 50 minutes long, are £40 and take place at the same time each week.
- A confidential, non-judgemental space where you can talk about difficult subjects
- Help understanding your relationship patterns
- Clarity on how the past impacts the present
- Methods and exercises to help manage overwhelming emotions, worries and fears
- Tools and exercises to help with anxiety, panic attacks and flashbacks
- A place where you can begin to understand how your mind works and what you need move forward
My family and I moved from London in 2009, and after years as a journalist, I retrained as a counsellor, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I am a member of the BACP and UKCP, and abide by their standards of practice.
In integrative counselling, instead of using one theory (such as CBT), I draw from a variety of different theories and approaches and adapt them to each client. Though listening deeply and giving you the space to explore your problems, I may suggest theories or try an approach that I feel might offer a new perspective and help you gain greater clarity.
In our first session, we begin to explore your main issues and the options open to you. In later sessions, you might find the issues relate to the past or to a deeper concern; you may also feel you need techniques to help deal with a stressful situation in the here-and-now. Counselling is not easy, and at first it may feel daunting. But the idea is that the more we understand, with compassion and companionship, the easier it gets and the better we feel.
I use a combination of psychodynamic, person-centred, behavioural and existential theories and philosophies, as well as elements of mindfulness, CBT, expressive writing and focusing. At the heart of my approach, however, is the healing relationship between the therapist and client based on empathy, respect, and trust.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma and BSc (Hons) in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling, a BA (Hons) in English and Drama, and am a freelance journalist, writing on wellness, lifestyle and the arts. I am a registered member of the UKCP.
I have specialised in trauma for over five years and am a counsellor at the Sue Lambert Trust, working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse. Trauma comes in many guises, from loss or abuse, to witnessing or being involved in a shocking or frightening experience. It is also a rich source for the latest research and discoveries in counselling theory and neuroscience.
“The paradox of trauma,” wrote psychologist Peter Levine, “is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect.”
I have had three years of professional training with the Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and hold additional certificates in focusing therapy, creative therapies and psychotherapeutic writing. I was a counsellor at Suffolk Mind in Bury St Edmunds for over a year and CARA in Colchester. I have been with The Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich for over three years, and receive regular updated training through the 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
£40 per 50 minute session