Lynne Ball ~ Counsellor & Registered BACP Member
Hello, my name is Lynne and I am a professionally qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
It’s normal and healthy to talk to someone if you’re struggling or you need to make sense of how you’re thinking and feeling. Sometimes its easier than talking to a friend or a relative and I offer a space where you can talk about yourself and your life without worrying about the other person.
Taking your first step towards seeing a counsellor takes courage and I hope you find what you need either here or elsewhere.
You may be feeling overwhelmed about life right now, we are all reacting in such different ways. You could be anxious, depressed or having relationship problems; perhaps this was already the case before Lockdown and things have become even more difficult for you. Whatever has brought you to this point it’s where you go from here that matters. Together we can talk about what you would like to be different and how I can support you in getting there.
I like to think of therapy as a restorative MOT for your mind; it can bring clarity and understanding that naturally leads to greater self-awareness. It’s the clarity that helps us to see things as they really are and our new found self-awareness that can make lasting changes in our lives.
Getting in Touch
Contact me to arrange a free 15 minute consultation to discuss how therapy could make a positive difference in your life; please click here to contact me by email or call or text me on 07305 507271. If I am unable to speak to you in person, please leave me a message on my confidential voicemail. I will get back to you within 24 hours to either answer your query or arrange a convenient time for a session. Sometimes my email replies can end up in Junk Mail so please check if you haven't received a response from me. I always reply.
Our first session
Our first session gives you an opportunity to meet me and explore the issues you are facing. I believe in the healing power of the relationship so it’s important you feel I am the right fit for you. Why is the therapeutic relationship so important? Because, if you trust me, you can truly be yourself because you're more relaxed, helping you to talk openly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Online & Telephone Counselling
Please note that I am not currently able to offer you a face to face appointment and I will be using an online video platform called Zoom. I will resume face to face sessions as soon as it is safe to do so.
Do you have any worries about online counselling? Like, how will it work? What if someone hears me? If you have any questions or need help setting up Zoom on your phone, tablet or laptop, please let me know and I will be happy to talk you through it.
I hope my tips will help:
*Wear headphones - so only you can hear what I'm saying in our session.
*Can you be overheard? It's important that you can't be as this will impact how you feel in the session.
*Tell others what you're doing (if you can) – This helps to make sure no one enters the room midway through the session.
About Me and My Practice
My approach to counselling is Humanistic and based on the theory of Transactional Analysis with focus on relationships, communication and healing; you are at the heart of this process. The most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself and your emotional well being depends on how you feel about you. Building healthier relationships with others begins with building a healthier relationship with yourself.
I have always been passionate about helping others and in addition to private practice, provided counselling support in a local GP surgery for the past two years.
I am committed to offering a confidential and ethical service. I have regular supervision and attend relevant workshops / short courses to support my own knowledge and professional development.
I work with individual Adults and older Adults for either short term or long term work.
Individuals: £45 Sessions are 1 hour
I require at least 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel or reschedule your session.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdA Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (BACP accredited)
Transactional Analysis 101
Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Counselling Skills
Shame in the Therapeutic Setting
Online & Telephone Counselling Skills
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and also Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP).
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and professional conduct and procedure.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Anxiety & Depression, Bereavement, Loss & Grief ~ in connection with loss of a loved one; Loss of Job; Loss of Relationship; Loss of freedom & safety, Bullying, Emotional Abuse ~Coercive Control, Difficulty communicating with others, Feelings of underachieving, negative thoughts and ‘if only’ thoughts, Fearful thoughts~’what ifs’?, Unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thinking, how did that just happen again?, Feeling sad, Feeling numb, Feeling empty, Feeling isolated, Low self-esteem and confidence, Loneliness, Panic attacks, Phobias, Relationship difficulties with a partner, family and friends or work colleagues, Suicidal thoughts, Self Harm
When I am able to offer face to face counselling again, my private practice will be accessible from Kings Worthy, Winchester, Micheldever, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford and Southampton.