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About me

Thank you for reading my profile.  I am a Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy who works with adult clients. Due to Covid I am currently working online using zoom or on the telephone but I usually practice in the New Forest within easy reach of Wellow, Romsey, Eastleigh, Southampton, Totton and Winchester. I work as a volunteer for a counselling charity as well as in private practice.

Life or life events can be challenging at times, if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed, including work anxiety, or anxiety about returning to work, have had a bereavement, feel overwhelmed or are not sure what is wrong counselling can help.

I can work with whatever you bring by providing a safe place for you to speak in confidence and explore your feelings. Sometimes past events can have an impact on you in the present, it can be difficult to share experiences with friends or relatives. I will listen with empathy, be non-judgemental and give you the time to discuss whatever you wish and offer you time for reflection.

Sometimes you can feel stuck, trapped or confused, my role is to support you to see your problems more clearly  and help you to find a way forward to enhance your life in the future.  Often counselling can help improve your feelings of self-worth and resilience.

If you wish to contact me, please email in the first instance for a free, no obligation consultation. This allows us to discuss your needs and what you hope to achieve from counselling or for you to say what is troubling you.  It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and see if I am the right counsellor for you. 

I also take client calls and messages via WhatsApp, if this is your preferred method of communication. Please do contact me, this could be your first step to improving your well-being.

Training, qualifications & experience

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in a school as a Senior Manager and have also worked in the private sector.  I volunteered with Samaritans for several years, mentoring and training new volunteers.  I currently continue to volunteer as a counsellor for a local charity.  I am also a member of the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have an Enhanced DBS check, am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and have Professional Liability Insurance.

My qualifications are as follows;

  • Diploma of Higher Education Humanistic Gestalt Counselling Level 4 and 5 (Distinction) - Buckinghamshire New University
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Member Infant Loss Training Course
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Training Course in Assisting Clients with Subsequent Pregnancies after Loss

As a member of BACP I follow their Ethical Framework, I am also committed to continuing my own Professional Development, some Workshops and Training I have attended recently are as follows;

  • Wise parenting
  • Losing my baby: losing part of myself
  • Male Mental Health
  • The Rainbow Map
  • Health Anxiety - Worrying yourself sick
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Releasing trauma from the body:  essential strategies

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Initial Consultation (up to 30 minutes) - Free

50 Minute Online or Telephone Counselling - £40

50 Minute Face-to-face Counselling - £45 (not currently working face-to-face)

All fees are payable 24 hours in advance of your counselling session by bank transfer.  

Availability

Please email to discuss availability.   In addition to normal working hours I have some early morning and evening slots.

Further information

Starting Counselling

It is understandable to feel nervous at the thought of starting counselling but we will work together.  Although counselling can, at times, be challenging, it can really bring self-awareness and help change self-limiting behaviours and thoughts or help to think about life choices.

Supervision

In line with the BACP guidelines I attend regular supervision.

Number of sessions

All sessions are on a one-to-one basis and last for 50 minutes.  I offer short term counselling - usually 7 weeks (but can be less) or open ended but we will continually review our sessions so that the sessions are adapted to your requirements.

Contact

Please feel free to email to arrange a free consultation please provide your telephone number in your email. I will respond within 48 hours on week days.

Lyndhurst
Hants
SO43

Romsey
Hants
SO51

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Lyn Best DipHe (Distinction), MBACP

Lyn Best DipHe (Distinction), MBACP