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Maggie Lynch MSc, CTA, UKCP Online Counsellor

Leatherhead KT22 & Epsom KT18
07949 085 425 07949085425 Registered / Accredited
Leatherhead KT22 & Epsom KT18

About me

Covid-19 June 2020
Due to current lock down restrictions and the implications of Track and Trace, I am currently offering online and telephone sessions, including initial appointments. These appointments including an initial no obligation 1/2 hour session can be held over the phone or via Zoom which is encrypted for extra security and provides privacy. This will give you the opportunity to meet with me to see how counselling might help you.

Stress, anxiety, depression can be difficult to cope with from day to day and now even more so with the issue of COVID 19 and the uncertainty that it brings. It may also highlight personal issues and other mental health problems, that are difficult to deal with.

Going forward while adhering to the government guidelines I offer ongoing sessions via online services such as Skype, Zoom or telephone and hopefully I will be back to  face to face working when appropriate. Please see below more information of how I work, and how to get started.

I work in Leatherhead, with good commuter links to Epsom, Fetcham, Bookham, Dorking, Oxshott, Cobham.

I am a qualified Adult Psychotherapist with over 10 years experience, helping people with personal issues of bereavement, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-harm, and trauma related issues to name a few.

About my service and how I work

The service I offer is confidential, and non judgemental. Seeking counselling can seem daunting and very uncertain. Over the years I have developed my way of working which you will experience as warm and compassionate, along with being supportive and sufficiently challenging. This structure provides you with the opportunity to explore your issues in safe space and develop strategies and new ways of thinking or being. Attending counselling gives you the space you need to be able to talk things through with a qualified practitioner. This can help you find your voice, or  identify your needs and then work towards achieving what you want or need. You may wish to make changes or take positive steps towards overcoming your obstacles with healthy new strategies for coping and ultimately enhance your life.

You don't have to be alone, or do it all by yourself. Sometimes  all you need is someone to listen, to care, and for someone to be there to help you through a difficult time, to help you make sense of your world. That's my role.

Getting started

I am available for an initial consultation ( 1/2 an hour ) with no obligation by contacting me via email or mobile phone to arrange a suitable time for the session.

The initial telephone session ( 1/2 an hour ) with no obligation can be either by  phone/ facetime or preferably via Zoom. Using Zoom or facetime gives us the opportunity to meet each other and it also provides you with the chance to try online counselling to see if it works for you.

Having an initial session will enable you to discuss the issues you are currently experiencing, and give you the opportunity to decide if the level of support and therapy I am able to offer you is suitable for you.

What happens in a counselling session?

You will have the opportunity to talk about what brings you to seek counselling now, and ask any questions that you may have about how I work and what we will do together. I feel it is important for you to be able to feel comfortable enough to discuss whatever is going on for you right now. The relationship between the therapist and client is paramount and we need to be able to work together. I think it is important for you to feel safe enough and to also have confidence that everything being discussed is confidential and secure.

Each individual is unique, therefore, I use differing techniques or therapies which I adapt to suit your needs. My sessions are talking therapies, although I can also offer you the opportunity to work with Creative Art Therapy which encompasses, Art, Clay or Sand tray. These creative mediums offer a gentle way into deeper issues, and provides an opportunity for open communication.

I have personally experienced the effectiveness of psychotherapy having gone through difficult times, and I gained great insights into my own interpersonal relating.  Having experienced first-hand some of life’s challenges, this informed my training, my work and ultimately my professional clinical practice. Having worked with children and young people for over 25 years albeit in a teaching capacity, the experience led me to develop my private practice to provide counselling for  children and young people.

Counselling for Children and Young People

I am currently an Integrative Child Psychotherapist in training, with IATE Institute For Art and Therapy Education, in collaboration with East London University. I work with children in a Primary school setting and I have limited space to see children in my private practice.

I can offer Creative Art Therapy, for Children which encompasses Art, play therapy, sand tray, clay therapy and talking therapy. Counselling helps children to identify and express feelings that they may find difficult to explain or to deal with. Sometimes this can be expressed as anger, and yet the child is sad and unable to tell you why. Sometimes a child may begin to display disruptive behaviour or the opposite they become withdrawn, and all of this can be very upsetting and  frustrating for the family, and sometimes parents find it all too difficult to deal with.

Meeting with you - the child's parents

Giving parents the opportunity to discuss  with a counsellor the concerns they have can help to ease the burden. In a meeting together we can discuss and explore the concerns which you feel are impacting your child, or children. Our aim would be to identify the next step. This could be therapy sessions for your child, or signposting to CAMHS or another service, and we would identify that together.

Call me to arrange an initial meeting together. 07949 085 425

In the child's therapy session.

These sessions are confidential, and safeguarding is of the upmost importance.

I would discuss the safeguarding policy with you in our first session.

Using Art, or sand tray or other creative mediums offers a child the opportunity to work through and explore their worries, and feelings and helps them find solutions for coping, both for themselves and in relation to others. Art and creative mediums are a gentle way to explore their worries and allows open communication to begin.

I like working with Children 5 + yrs and Young People 12 -18yrs  and Adults of all ages 18 +

Call me 07949 085 425 or email me

To arrange for an initial no obligation session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at Middlesex University in collaboration with Metanoia Institute: one of the UK's leading training institutions, with a reputation for clinical and academic excellence.

  • PG Dip  Integrative Child Psychotherapist in Training East London University & Institute of Art and Therapy in Education IATE
  • CTA - Certified Transactional Analyst - Metanoia Institute
  • MSc Degree in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Middlesex University
  • Clinical Diploma Transactional Analysis Counselling & Psychotherapy (PGDip)
  • Counselling skills Level 1,2,& 3 - Guildford College

I am a member of the following Organisations:

  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - (BACP),
  • International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA)
  • European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA).

I adhere to the Codes of Ethics and follow the professional guidelines of the BACP / UKCP and EATA.

I am committed to:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Post Graduate Training in Child Psychotherapy with the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in collaboration with East London University

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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

In addition to counselling Adults, I have space to see children in my private practice.

I am currently enrolled on a  Integrative Child Psychotherapy  Course  with IATE - Institute for Art and Therapy Education, in collaboration with East London University.

I am available for on line sessions via online services such as SKYPE / FACETIME & ZOOM for all adult clients.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Individuals £60.00 ( 50 minute session)

The initial session ( 1/2 hour phone contact) with no obligation to enable you to decide if I am the right therapist for you.

Therapy / counselling sessions take place at the same time and day  each week. Flexible sessions can be considered in some circumstances.

Concessions are available for students on request.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

During the current situation of COVID 19, I am able to offer on line sessions via  ZOOM, Skype, Face time, or over the phone.


Epsom
Surrey
KT18

Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22

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

Via Zoom, Skype or phone. Currently I am unable to offer wheelchair access but I hope to return to it in the future.

Availability

Due to COVID 19. I am available for sessions on line via ZOOM, Skype, Face time or on the phone. I currently have daytime and evening spaces available

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

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