Lynsey Stone Accredited Counsellor and EMDR Therapist
It is important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with, whilst ensuring that their skills and experience are appropriate to meet your needs. Here is some information to tell you a bit about me, and what to expect from our sessions:
Firstly, I will work with you to clearly understand the problem. I will provide a safe and confidential space to help you make sense of any troubling feelings, thoughts, symptoms or behaviours, or simply to process difficult or traumatic life events. I will not hold any expectations or make any judgements about you, I will simply try to help you clarify and define the problem so that we can set some aims and goals to work towards in our sessions.
From here we can start to think about the road map: how can we help you make the desired changes or improvements, and how we can overcome the things which get in the way. We can decide which type of approach would be most helpful for you, and we can contract for an initial number of sessions whilst reviewing our work regularly.
I am trained and experienced in offering a range of therapies to suit a range of common individual problems. I am an integrative Counsellor, also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). We can talk together about what might be most helpful for you.
I also work in an NHS setting, offering psychological therapy to adults following a referral by their GP. I have experience of supporting people in both a short term/ solution focused way, and in a longer term, more open ended way.
People seek therapy for a variety of reasons; I can support people around a range of issues.
You may be experiencing relationship issues or struggling following a painful bereavement/ loss. You may be finding it difficult to manage worry, panic attacks, phobias, stress or other anxiety conditions. You may have experienced trauma, either recently or in the past, which has left you feeling overwhelmed, or you may be struggling with illness, disability or changes to your circumstances. It may be that you are suffering from low mood or depression, low self esteem and feelings of worthlessness or inadequacy.
We will work together to understand what you would like to gain from Therapy even if you are unsure of this yourself at the moment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully BACP Accredited Counsellor, and a member of the EMDR Association. I qualified as a counsellor at Leeds Becket University. Beyond this my training includes:
- Diploma - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Extensive training in bereavement Support inc: sudden and traumatic loss and working with prolonged and complex grief
- Mindfulness Based Training for Stress Reduction
- Level 3 Certificate in Supervision
- EMDR Practitioner stages 1,2 and 3 -completed with the EMDR Academy
Aside from my private practice, I currently work within a large NHS Service, providing short term counselling for people with common mental health issues (e.g anxiety, depression, stress, processing difficult life events). I previously worked for a large, national bereavement service for a number of years. I also work within a ‘Well-being at Work' Organisation (employee assistance programme) providing workplace/ employee counselling for teachers/ teaching staff around a range of issues, including work related stress, anxiety, panic attacks/ panic disorder, depression and relationship issues.
Prior to my counselling training I worked for 10+ years in the NHS/ health and social care sector, including supporting individuals with autism, physical and learning disabilities, life limiting illness, both common and complex mental health conditions.
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.
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
I offer either a reduced a free 30 minute telephone/ online consultation, or we can converse by email, so that you can decide if you would like to continue our work together.
Following this, I Charge £50 per 50 minute session. Sessions last for 50 minutes and will usually take place on a weekly basis.
The jargon is: I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and I work in a way which is relational and integrative. What this actually means is that I have been trained in various different modes of counselling, and I will always start with an open mode of hearing what you want, and what you have to say about yourself and I will then allow this to shape the way we work together. I will bring elements from person centred counselling, psychodynamic approaches, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as appropriate based on your needs. I would be happy talk to you more about the way I work and answer any questions you may have
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.