Lucy Snelson at Driftwood Counselling. Qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor MBACP
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and I can help you make sense of and start to change what is troubling you.
I am now offering Brief Psychodynamic Counselling- if there is an issue that you are currently focusing on that is causing you distress we can meet for an agreed number of sessions, typically 6-12, with a solution focused approach.
There are many different reasons that people seek counselling, it may be due to a crisis, a particular life issue, or a problem in a relationship. Sometimes there is just a general dissatisfaction or unhappiness with life and a feeling that things could be better.
I can help you address immediate problems and habits that are affecting you, with the aim of identifying their roots and influence over your relationships, both past and present. We can work together to unfold your personal story, to help you gain greater understanding and acceptance of your issues and difficulties. My aim is to support you as you develop these insights and begin to make changes.
What to expect in the first session:
I offer an initial assessment which is an opportunity for you to share what has brought you to counselling and to think about what you wish to gain from it. It is also an opportunity for me to gain the necessary information to make a proper assessment of your situation.
We can then get a sense of whether what I have to offer is likely to be helpful to you and, just as importantly, for you to get an idea of what counselling feels like and what you might gain from it. We will agree at this stage if we are proceeding with Brief Psychodynamic Counselling or on an open-ended basis, where sessions are available for as long as you need them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified to diploma level in Psychodynamic Counselling. As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a professional governing body, I adhere to their Ethical Framework. I undertake a continuous programme of training to add to my theoretical knowledge and to remain updated about changes in current thinking and practice.
Since 2009, I have specialised in supporting people through grief and loss. I am also experienced in helping people with:
- Feelings of anxiety, being unable to concentrate, feeling overwhelmed, and panic attacks
- Difficult relationships or difficulty forming relationships
- Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
- Feelings of depression, emptiness and loneliness
- Symptoms such as eating disorders, self-harming and psychosomatic conditions
- Divorce and separation
- A sense of meaninglessness and lack of fulfilment in life
- Difficulties in recovering from stressful or traumatic experiences
- Issues relating to abuse or childhood difficulties
I work Psychodynamically which means becoming aware of how our past affects the present to better understand how our unconscious motivations may be impacting on how we relate to ourselves and others around us. We believe this creates the possibility for change and enables us to move towards a more comfortable way of being. Developing greater self awareness and insight allows us to make more informed choices and fulfil our potential.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
To discuss if counselling may be helpful to you and to book an initial assessment, please get in touch.
The fee for Brief Psychodynamic Counselling is £50 per session.
For open ended counselling the fee for the initial assessment session is £55.
Subsequent sessions are 50 minutes, weekly (on the same day and time) and the fee is £45.
Fees are paid weekly with cash or BACS.