Thank you for reading my profile. 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 or loss, relationship problems, 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.
I am a Humanistic Gestalt counsellor which means I work with whatever is causing you distress, believing that you have the resources in yourself to face your challenges with my support. I believe our relationship working together is paramount. It is really important that you feel comfortable talking with me and I hope you will feel at ease. I work in Wellow, (near Romsey), and the New Forest, both within easy reach of Totton, Southampton, Eastleigh and Winchester. The premises in Wellow has an inside, well ventilated room, or outside area to meet. I also work online using zoom or whatsapp. As well as being in private practice I continue to volunteer with a counselling charity.
If you wish to contact me, please email in the first instance for a free, no obligation telephone 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 take client calls and text messages via WhatsApp, if this is your preferred method of communication. Please do contact me by email or WhatsApp, 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, which included mentoring and training new volunteers. I was a volunteer counsellor for a bereavement charity and now continue as a volunteer counsellor with a local charity which provides all forms of counselling and emotional support.
I am 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
- Single Session Therapy
- Health Anxiety - Worrying yourself sick
- Unconscious Bias
- Releasing trauma from the body: essential strategies
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
From £40.00 to £45.00
Initial Telephone Consultation (up to 30 minutes) - Free
50 Minute Online or Telephone Counselling - £40
50 Minute Face-to-face Counselling - £45
Please email to discuss availability. In addition to normal working hours I have some early morning and evening slots.
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.
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.
Face-to-face and online
I am happy to offer a hybrid way in which we can work together, sometimes working face-to-face and sometimes online to meet individual needs and also considering our changing times.
"Lyn always seemed to be able to uncover things which I had not previously spoken about, and that I had buried for some time……
It was a real pleasure working with Lyn, and I cannot believe how much our sessions helped me."
(Lyn) "Helped guide me to understand the pain and anger I have been going through ….. didn’t judge me for what I have been through."
Please feel free to email to arrange a free telephone consultation, please provide your telephone number in your email. I will respond within 48 hours on week days.