Our Services in Detail
Lynda is an Integrative Counsellor which means that she uses a variety of different Counselling theories to suit the client’s needs. Lynda is also a Certified Transactional Analysis (CTA) Psychotherapist.
Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are forms of therapy which allow Deaf and hearing people to talk about their issues and concerns in confidence without being judged.
Psychotherapy is a term that covers all talking therapies and the many associated approaches/methods. Due to the broad use of the terms, the titles psychotherapist and counsellor are often used interchangeably.
Counsellors and Psychotherapists will typically meet with clients on a regular basis (once a week is considered the norm). There are many different types of therapy that psychotherapists can train in.
BACP & UKCP
Lynda is a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and is an accredited member. Lynda adheres to the BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice, a copy of this can be seen upon request. Lynda is also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) Psychotherapist and Integrative Counsellor. I also hold Diplomas in Supervision and Counselling Children and Adolescents. I have BSL Level 3.
I have worked for over 15 years with clients who have various issues. I adhere to the philosophy of T.A which states that “People are ok, everyone has the capacity to think. People decide their own destiny and these decisions can be changed.”
I was born and raised in Exeter. I attended schools in Pinhoe and Broadclyst. After completing my education I joined the Royal Navy as a medical assistant/nurse. I left after four year and my initial thought was to return to nursing. However, I thought I would get used to being back in ‘civvie street’ and work for a local national bus company for 6 months. Thirty six years later I left. In 2003, three years before I left I recognised my need to return to a caring profession and retrained as a counsellor and then psychotherapist. In 2004 I commenced a counselling placement within the NHS, primarily within a gender identity clinic as well as a community mental health clinic. In 2005 I gained paid employment with the NHS as a Counsellor and in 2007 as a Psychotherapist.
Seven years ago I thought I was losing my hearing and wishing to continue working as a counsellor/psychotherapist enrolled on a BSL Level 1 course. I quickly fell in love with the language and upon gaining my Level 1, progressed to level 2, and finally level 3. I am currently studying BSL Pre-level 6 wth the view to enrolling on a BSL Level 6 course in 2018.
In order to improve my BSL skills I attend a weekly sign language club in Exmouth. I have been overwhelmed by the acceptance and support I have been offered by those attending the club, especially by those who have been born Deaf.
I am aware of Deaf culture and am keen to learn as much as I can about it. I am especially grateful of the acceptance and support shown to me by those born Deaf. It is my wish to share my skills as a counsellor/psychotherapist with those of the Deaf community who experience mental health issues.