Lynn Palethorpe, Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer
Are you experiencing challenging times, or feeling stuck or overwhelmed?
I can help and support you in a calm, confidential space, where you can talk freely about whatever is on your mind. It is a great relief to share your troubles with someone impartial, who won’t judge you or give you their advice. Counselling may be your first experience of someone really listening to you and understanding your situation from your perspective.
We can explore your situation together, along with what you would like to change or be different. You remain in charge of what you bring to counselling and we'll move along at your pace.
Over time, you’re likely to become clearer about your situation and your options. You may feel ready to make a decision you've been putting off or become more accepting of your situation. Equipped with coping strategies, clients often feel more resilient and confident. You are likely to have higher self-esteem, be more assertive and have improved relationships with those around you. You'll find that you're able to enjoy each day more, feeling calmer.
I am experienced in working in a wide range of areas, including family issues, separation and divorce, work-related stress, loss and bereavement, bullying, caring for a family member, retirement and growing older, living with illness, phobias, depression and anxiety, post-natal depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, low confidence and self-esteem, fostering and adoption, affairs and betrayal, addiction, abuse, self-harming, anger, trauma, addiction, dissociation and sexuality and/or gender.
I am currently offering telephone and online counselling. When I resume face-to-face sessions, I am based in Tiverton and Exeter.
Alongside my private practice, I’m a lecturer in counselling at Exeter College, training others to become counsellors. I’m also a supervisor of other counsellors. I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Counselling for children
I offer help and support to children of secondary age who are facing challenging situations at school or at home. I have spent a number of years working in a secondary school.
In a world full of rules and very little control, children find it hugely beneficial to be offered the opportunity to open up to someone who will help them to feel empowered and give them the space to work things out for themselves. Clearly telling children what to isn’t usually the most effective route! I work flexibly and creatively, and we explore whatever the young person wishes to bring.
I can help with a range of areas including bullying, self-harm, depression and anxiety, panic attacks, low confidence and self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, friendship and family difficulties, exam pressure, fostering and adoption, behaviour issues, anger, loss and bereavement, autism spectrum disorder, caring for a family member, trauma, sexuality and/or gender.
Practicalities - How long? How much? Getting started
Counselling sessions are usually weekly and depending on your needs, our work together can be short or longer term. A session lasts for one hour and my hourly rate is £40.
In the first session, we’ll explore what has brought you to counselling and your aims. I’ll explain how I work and how I could help.
I appreciate that it can feel daunting to make initial contact with a counsellor. If you'd like some support, or you feel as though you've reached a limit, then the time is right. Please do get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip Couns, BA (Hons)
Registered Member MBACP
After obtaining my Certificate in Counselling, I completed the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a two-year course, encompassing a range of therapeutic approaches.
Alongside my private practice, I'm a Lecturer in Counselling at Exeter College, training others to become Counsellors. I am also a clinical supervisor, offering supervision to other counsellors.
I have carried out further training in: anger management; mental health medications; eating disorders; working with the risk of suicide; safeguarding and child protection; sexual abuse; quality of the mind; inner critical voice; boarding school syndrome; decoding gender identity and LGBT awareness; gambling addiction.
I have insurance, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
I'm a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework.
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
A few comments from my clients:
‘I was finding it difficult to cope with distressing issues in my life. You helped me to look at things in a different, positive way giving me a new way of "being". I can't thank you enough, life is so different now.’
‘You have truly helped me through one of the toughest times of my life… You have given me many tools to help me cope.’
‘I view things very differently now. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and know where I’m heading. I didn’t think this would be possible.’
‘Making time for me was unheard of. I’ve found myself. I’ve finally made some decisions and feel so much calmer. I’ll be forever grateful for your wise insights and support.’
‘Your support has been key to me finding a way forward, when I couldn’t see a future, when I had completely lost sight of the path. From the moment I met you I was comfortable, at ease. You ‘got me’, instantly and meaningfully. I could open up to you straight away and tell you where I was at. Your questions were natural and you were comfortable with what I had to say.’