Lynsay McMahon (MBACP) Counselling & Life Coaching
Having experienced the need of counselling in my own life, I feel that I am in a position to better understand what it takes to make that first step. I aim to provide a safe space for you, and work together at a pace that is suitable for your needs and development
I am a qualified Counsellor, Life Coach and Pain Therapist. As a member of the BACP I work within their professional guidelines. I use a pluralistic approach to my therapy. This involves working collaboratively with my clients, their individuality thus incorporating shared decision making. I can work with a wide range of concerns and assist you with issues you may be facing such as general anxiety disorder, health anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, addictions, stress, anger, sexual abuse, fears, phobias, family issues, feeling sad and many others. An example of this approach is discussing with you what you would like to achieve from therapy then working together to achieve the most effective way to get there.
By integrating life coaching into my practice, I work to help make quick changes. My aim here is to do for the mind what a Personal Trainer does for the body. Sculpt, change and make it as effective as possible for you. This can work quickly to treat anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, decision making, low motivation, low mood and many other concerns.
I also work therapeutically using aspects from varied approaches based on what you find to be helpful; including Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Transactional Analysis.
These techniques enable me to work with a variety of concerns, and my findings are that regardless of what the concerns are that bring you to counselling, it is the relationship we build together which makes the biggest difference.
I have had experience working with both school children, young adults and adults. I worked with several troubled school children for a period of time, finding each of their personal development very rewarding. I am involved with a voluntary organisation where I counsel adults with many different and difficult issues. I continue to do this.
Your now, doesn't have to be your forever.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Grad Cert in Pluralistic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling
- Life Coach & NLP practitioner
- Pain Therapy
- PDA in Addiction Counselling
- PDA in Setting up Private Practice
- Certificate in Child Protection
- Trauma and introduction to EMDR therapy
- Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in treating Anxiety, Panic attacks and Phobias. I do this by combining Counselling skills, Life Coaching skills and NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming). This is a slightly quicker approach to therapy for those looking to make changes in their life fast.
This is fast paced and combines the comfort and safety of a counselling session.
Please email for more information on this.
I am also a trained Pain Therapist, this means that I can treat pain at a psychological level. I work with chronic pain and any other pain that may be a result of an emotional problem. Addressing your emotional health directly impacts your physical health because the brain and body are always connected. I use mind mediation to do this, further information can be found on my website or by contacting me.
I hope to be able to make counselling affordable for as many as possible.
Sessions are £40. This includes day and evening appointments. I do offer a sliding scale payment option on request.
Concessions - student discount available on request.
Payment is taken at the end of each session and can be made via cash, card or bank transfer.
Covid-19 update - I will be offering all sessions via video call or telephone at this difficult and worrying time.