Lynda Costin MBACP Dip Counselling
My name is Lynda Costin and I am a fully qualified Counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer counselling to individuals and couples, and have experience of working with a wide range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression and bereavement. Based in Orpington, I am conveniently situated for clients also living in Orpington, Petts Wood, Chislehurst, Bromley, Biggin Hill and the surrounding areas of SE London & Kent.
I am able to offer you professional and confidential counselling in a place you can feel safe to explore your problems. I regard our counselling relationship as very important and it is very different to the type of relationship you experience with friends, family & colleagues. It is based on your experience of your problems and I will not give you advice, judge you or tell you what to do, but instead accept your experiences and feelings for what they are and work together to make sense of them.
Counsellors are trained in various therapeutic models and I work Integratively drawing on different therapeutic approaches, which means that I adapt the way I work to your individual needs.
So we may consider not only what’s happening now in your life, but what has happened in the past that may be, often unconsciously, linking to your present difficulties. This can help you connect to less conscious reasons for how you relate to people or why you feel stuck in your present problems. Or we may work together to highlight and understand the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how you are thinking and acting can sometimes trap you into unhelpful emotional states and behaviors, and how to recognise and challenge unhelpful thoughts to develop new ways of coping. We may also look at how you see yourself, how you believe you should be and how you feel others see you, and how these feelings impact on your self-worth and the way you relate to yourself and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to working privately I am a volunteer counsellor for St. Christopher’s and for Bromley Bereavement Service. Prior to life as a counsellor, I worked for a bank, including in training and coaching and working with EAPs (Employee Assistance Programmes) to enhance the well-being of colleagues.
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills.
- St Christopher’s Bereavement Services training
- Working with Anger training
- Intimacy workshop
- Supporting families bereaved by Suicide workshop
- CBT training
- The Link between Medication & Mental Health workshop.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
How much do sessions cost and how long are they?
- Initial session and consultation (75mins) £40
- Individual Counselling (50mins) £40
- Couple Counselling (50mins) £60
- Reduced rate (50mins) £35 (for students and people on low income)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|