Lynn Goodwin

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Dip PC Coun, Dip Sex & Relation, MBACP(Accred),AccCOSRT&EMDR
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Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51
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About me

I am a qualified and Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Accredited Sex and Relationship Therapist. I am also qualified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) which is a trauma therapy approach.   I work with individuals and couples with a wide range of needs including sex and relationship issues. I offer short and longer term therapy.  I am currently working either Face to Face in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire or I can also offer Online and Telephone sessions.

Life is not always easy and it can sometimes be a challenge; despite our best intentions things can go wrong and we can find ourselves struggling with day to day life. Perhaps you have run out of strategies for how to deal with life’s challenges, perhaps you don’t even know what the stresses are. 

Deciding to get some support can be a first step in understanding what is going on for you. My hope is to help you understand the difficulties you are facing and help you work towards feeling better about yourself and living your fullest life.  

I work with clients experiencing a variety of emotional issues and this can be done by talking about your issues in a warm encouraging space to help you decide your next steps of how you want your life to be.

Through my different training's I have a number of ways to work and this will be guided by what resonates with you.

Please see below for more information on Polyvagal Informed Practice, EMDR and Sex and Relationship Therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered General Nurse (RGN) - Foresterhill College (1995-1998)

Registered Midwife (RM) - Northern College (2000-2012)

Counselling Skills 1-4 (COSCA Validated) - Aberdeen University (2007)

Specialist Module in Bereavement Counselling (COSCA Validated) (2008)

Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - Aberdeen University (2010)

London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (2016)

Certificate in Couple Counselling - Relationships Scotland (2019)

Online and Telephone Counselling Course – Counselling Tutor (2020)

Certificate in Compulsive Sexual Behaviour - CICS (2022)

Deb Dana Polyvagal Informed Masterclass - Pesi-UK (2023)

EMDR Part 1 -3 - Richman EMDR (2023)

Flash Technique - Justin Havens (2024)

Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice - Deb Dana (March 2024-Sept 2024) 

MBACP (Accred) - Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

AccCOSRT - Accredited Member of College of Sexual and Relationship Therapist

I started my Nurse training when I left school and really enjoyed the caring aspects of this profession. Caring for people when they needed it the most and I found this to be extremely rewarding. I then decided to train as a Midwife, and through these experiences I gained a huge insight into the highs and lows of such a life changing period in people’s lives. It was at this time that I realised that I wanted to build on my communication skills so that I was able to help others as best I could.

I then started my Counselling career by enrolling in a Counselling skills course and I have not looked back. This then lead me to completing a Person-Centred Diploma in counselling where I gained so much insight into myself and others. I then decided to train as a Sex and Relationship Therapist as I felt that this was an area that was rarely spoken about. Through this I have gone onto develop my skills by completing a variety of trainings. 

I have worked in many different settings such as Third Sector (Cruse Bereavement, Aberdeen Foyer and Avenue), Local Authority - Staff Counsellor (Time for Talking), NHS Grampian (OHS- Staff Counsellor) and My own Private Practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Here is some more information on Polyvagal Theory, Sex Therapy and EMDR:


One of the ways I work is with Polyvagal Theory. This theory looks at how our nervous system responds in different situations. 

Our nervous system automatically goes between safe and social, fight/flight and shutdown several times a day. Polyvagal Theory is a way of tuning in to the changes in your body, thoughts, and emotions.  

These states are natural physical responses that we all have. Your body will always try to pick the best course of action to help you survive with the resources you have based on your past and current experiences. For example, this is why anxiety can often feel as though you are not in control. Your body acts to help you survive automatically and it really is not all ‘in your head’. 

Some automatic responses may no longer fit your current situation, such as reacting extremely, withdrawing or shutting down from situations or relationships.  Having more awareness of your bodies natural stress responses you can then build on the resources you already have so that you feel more empowered when faced with difficult situations.  

Please see some links for Videos below to explain more:

Trauma and the nervous system

Deb Dana on Polyvagal Theory


People are often very anxious about seeking help for problems around sex and intimacy. This is understandable as sharing your most private thoughts and feelings with a stranger can be daunting. I find people very quickly get used to talking, even at their first appointment. Clients tell me they feel a great relief in giving a voice to their difficulties. By speaking about them out loud the difficulty often loses some of its power and the process of change can begin.

We will discuss any experiences, emotions, and concerns that you may contribute to your dissatisfaction and challenges. We will then work on ways of doing things differently. Such as increasing sexual knowledge, building in coping mechanisms, increasing communication, and building in some sex and intimacy experiments and tasks to try at home.  

I work with individuals and couples experiencing difficulties within their intimate relationships. You can attend our sessions on your own or with your partner. 

Some Reasons people come for Sex Therapy

·       Loss of Sexual Desire (for men and woman)

·       Differences in levels of sexual desire

·       Difficulty getting aroused

·       Pain During Intercourse/Penetration

·       Difficulty getting and maintain an erection (Erectile dysfunction)

·       Delayed Ejaculation or Premature Ejaculation

·       Difficulties with orgasm (Anorgasmia)

·       Lack of communication around sex in your relationship

·       Sexual performance anxiety 

·       Difficulty and fear of penetration (Vaginismus-a tightening of vaginal muscles)

·       Sexual Trauma

·       Compulsive sexual behaviours

These are just some reasons people come for support, there are many more.  


Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it.  However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatised by an overwhelming event or by being repeatedly subjected to distress your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded.  

This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed”.  EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.  

EMDR is a recommended therapy by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for PTSD it can also be a helpful treatment for a number of other difficulties such as:

·      Trauma

·       Anxiety and panic attacks

·       Depression

·       Stress

·       Complicated grief

·       Self-esteem and performance anxiety 

Please see some links to videos that explain more :

Trauma and EMDR

EMDR Explanation

EMDR 8 Phases explained


£60.00 - £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fee £60 per session for Individual and £65 for Couples

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Available on Monday mornings and Thursdays and Fridays during office hours.

Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Lynn Goodwin
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