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Lynne East, Dip, MBACP Integrative Counsellor at Be & Believe Counselling.

Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10
07432 422212 07432 422212

About me

WELCOME...

Do you sometimes feel like you are going mad ? Do you want everything to slow down and stop ?
You may not really understand why you feel this way or perhaps even understand who you are?

Do you feel like you need someone to.listen to YOU ? At times life can feel overwhelming, we can struggle with confidence, self esteem, anxiety, depression and shame, divorce, separation, relationships with loved ones and friends can feel strained and difficult. Do you experience anger and frustration but you don't know why?  Work stress and pressure is getting you down, Traumatising childhood events and experiences like emotional, sexual and physical abuse can leave us feeling scared, alone, vulnerable and isolated along with domestic violence, a sudden illness or disability. Life feels out of control, unmanageable and too much to cope with. Does this sound familiar ? Do you need help ?

HOW I CAN HELP YOU

I am a down to earth person who is caring and passionate about helping people just like you to find understanding and answers to your questions to how you are feeling. I work in a warm, trustworthy, respectful and non-judgmental way as I believe you are the only expert of your own life. I can offer you a safe, comfortable and confidential space in my therapy cabin where you will be listened to without criticism or judgement.

I can help you increase your own self-awareness and knowledge to manage your thinking, emotions and feelings so that you can start living a life in the best way for YOU. So you can live a life that feels in sync with who you are. Together we will find understanding to your possible fears, anxieties, worries and default patterns of thinking and behaving that are holding you back from feeling content, having healthy relationships, or being successful.

During our sessions we can explore ways for you to move forward that you feel are right for you. I can also help you to rediscover and strengthen your own values and beliefs along with your inner resources increasing your self esteem, confidence and establishing a stronger sense of self. I will work at a pace that suits you offering short or long term counselling encouraging and supporting you in any aspect of your life that you seek answers to and would like increased knowledge of.

I feel my role as a counsellor is to help you raise your own self-awareness and knowledge leaving you feeling encouraged, empowered and supported to make different choices and changes in your life.

WHY I BECAME A COUNSELLOR

I understand how you might be feeling, you are not alone, I have been on my own counselling journey of personal discovery which empowered me to make my own choices and enabled me to be in control of the changes that I wanted to see in my own life. My new found belief in the therapeutic process motivated me to train as a counsellor. This learning along with my own journey showed me that we all have an innate ability to know what is best for ourselves, we just may need some extra help in finding it.

"Growth is painful, Change is painful, But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong."

MY SPECIALISM

Mental Health Conditions

Working at the mental health charity MIND for many years I gained experience and knowledge seeing clients who had a variety of Mental Health Conditions. I specialise in working with people who are struggling with the following :- Anxiety, Depression, ASD, and those who have suffered from and continue to suffer with various aspects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Trauma, Memory Flashbacks/Nightmares and Sexual, Physical, Emotional Abuse also those who are experiencing feelings of anger and worthlessness; lacking in self-esteem, confidence and feeling overwhelmed.

Inner Child Therapy :- Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be ? Do you find yourself behaving and reacting like a child but you can not understand why ? All of us carry around an "Inner Child" as a child we have basic needs of love, safety, trust, respect and guidance. If those basic human needs go unfulfilled our Inner Child may experience fear, anxiety, shame, anger, rejection and neglect, they are at high risk of developing abusive behaviour towards self and others, creating problems in all areas of life.

Testimonials


I would like to say a special thank you to all those kind enough to share their experiences. It was a pleasure and privilege working with you.


When I first stepped through Lynne’s door I was a broken woman, I’d lost all of sense of my true self and worth. Over the next 9 months Lynne gave me the right tools and confidence to take control of my life. I gradually pulled myself from the bottom of the pile and found i’d jumped right to the very top and was finally living a happy life, my life.
Lynne made me feel safe and relaxed enough to tell her my most private thoughts and feelings, Lynne didn’t pass any judgement on my story, she helped me understand what I was feeling, and understand that it was ok to feel the way I did. She taught me so much I can’t thank Lynne enough. I left my very last session with the biggest smile on my face and a bounce in my step, they haven’t gone, i’m still smiling & bouncing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Lynne, you really have found your calling in life x
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I really connected with Lynne. A wonderful professional, knowledgeable, patient, understanding person. In the past, I had attempted counselling and it was awful. It really put me off; so, when I meet Lynne, it was refreshing and I suppose it was a massive relieve for me.
Working on you is not easy, however; there was a safe place for me to express my feelings, actually really open up, explore who I was, embrace who I am and learn to think differently about issues in my life. Lynne is a realist, flexible, she will help you understand things, things you never thought of. As hard as it can be, she will guide through at your own pace
I walked into my first session broken, feeling worthless, confused, angry and lost. I walked out confident, happy, stronger and I knew I was worth it. No longer broken. I can't thank you enough and I will highly recommend your services.
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The journey has gone beyond words and my self acceptance and belief as flourished. Your true authenticity, caring nature, inspiring warmth and vast knowledge have moved me through some of the most challenging times and given me a tool kit to continue to develop. My endless thanks I offer you for a precious gift that you gave to me, a safe and held space that was second to none.
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Fantastic person would recommend her as a counsellor. She is very friendly and knows the best way to help you sort your problems.
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I am so very thankful for Lynn and the fantastic service she provides


If you feel that I am a counsellor that can help you then send me an email via the link below and I will endeavour to contact you within 4 hrs of receiving your email. I offer a 20 minute confidential phone consultation where we can discuss your reasons for counselling, and we can see how we both feel about working together in a therapeutic way.

  • Driveway for parking.
  • Air-Conditioned Therapy Room
  • Local bus service.
  • Easy access from A249 via Iwade/Kemsley Junction.
  • I hold valid Indemnity Insurance
    I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate



Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications are:

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (1 year)
CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Studies (1 year)
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2 year)

BACP Certificate of Proficiency Sept 2017
Currently working towards Accreditation

I am committed to my own Continuous Personal Development and have attended the following training. I also attend regular supervision this ensures I am offering you the best possible service.

Mental Health Awareness Training ....2015
Vision Works of Life Training (The Power of Choice) ...2016
An introduction of Safeguarding Children... 2016
Working with Children in a Creative Way...2016
Working with Female Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma (31 CPD hours)... 2016
Your Inner Child.....2017 (6hrs CPD) 2017

The Trauma Counsellors Toolbox (6hrs CPD) 2017

Emotional Regulation working with Young People (3hr CPD) 2018

Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practise (6 hr CPD) 2018

Energy Alignment Method.  Law of Attraction

(5hr CPD) 2018

Treating intrusive thoughts and critical voice  (6hr CPD)2019

Understanding Personality Disorders (4hr CPD) 2019

Understanding Shame after Childhood Sexual Abuse (3hrs CPD) 2020

Depth Psychology The Unconscious Mind (7hrs CPD) 2020

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Full Description of the following therapeutic techniques I use:-

Psychodynamic :- This encourages the client to open up and explore unresolved issues and conflict hidden in their unconscious and predominately from their past that are affecting their mood and behaviourin the here and now

Solution Focused :- It works by helping clients solve problems without tackling them directly, explore links to the past experiences and times when they were as happy as they see themselves in their future vision. These processes aim to evoke a sense of hope, clear realistic goals and expectations to make a future solution seem possible

Transactional Analysis :- Transactional analysis is a talking therapy. Sessions are designed to explore an individual's personality and how this has been shaped by experience - particularly those stemming from childhood. I recognise that we all have the potential to live the life we want, rather than the life we are programmed to live. Sometimes however this potential is hindered by repetitive patterns or 'unconscious scripts' that have been formed in our past

Gestalt :- Gestalt therapy is a humanistic therapy technique that focuses on gaining an awareness of emotions and behaviours in the present rather than in the past. The therapist and client work together to help the client understand him/herself. This type of therapy focuses on experiencing the present situation rather than talking about what occurred in the past. Clients are encouraged to become aware of immediate needs, meet them, and let them recede into the background. The well-adjusted person is seen as someone who has a constant flow of needs and is able to satisfy those needs

CBT :- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You're shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

My fees are as follows:

Initial Confidential 20 Minute Phone Assessment The initial phone assessment session is an opportunity where you can give me some brief details about yourself and your reasons you want to come to counselling. From this we can assess your needs and discuss your best way forward. This initial appointment is without obligation and an opportunity for you to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.

  • 1 HOUR SESSION £45.00.
  • STUDENT Counsellors (evidence of course enrolment) £35.00 for 1 Hour Session.

Payment is due in cash or bank transfer at the end of each session. Unfortunately, I do not have the facility to take card payments.

Further information

Trauma
Autism spectrum disorder
ADHD
Special educational needs
Disability and chronic pain
Coming to terms with diagnosis/disability of yourself or family member.

Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

  • Flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Feel free to call, email, or text to discuss your requirements.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Lynne East, Dip, MBACP Integrative Counsellor at Be & Believe Counselling.

Lynne East, Dip, MBACP Integrative Counsellor at Be & Believe Counselling.