Lynn Barnes Counselling in Twickenham

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About Counselling and Psychotherapy

About Counselling
Counselling and psychotherapy is a recognised way of helping people deal with problems and learn about themselves so that changes can be made.
Everyone has times when we feel that life is a struggle and find it difficult to cope. It may be that you are experiencing distressing thoughts, feelings, body sensations or keep repeating the same sort of behaviour patterns. Sometimes you are going through a difficult period within your lives – maybe a life changing event or struggling to deal with unresolved issues from your past.

Whatever issues you have, you can find yourself caught up in a trap of confusion and worry, sometimes leading to repetitive thoughts, up and down emotions, lack of enthusiasm and motivation for life and hobbies, anxiety and depression. You may be having difficulty making sense of what is happening to you. Sometimes it feels as if nobody listens or understands what we are going through. At such times of distress and turmoil we often find it difficult to express intense feelings, such as sadness, disappointment, embarrassment, grief, anger, guilt and hate to our family and friends.

Talking things through with me can help you to make sense of what has happened, enabling you to express your thoughts and feelings to loved ones in an appropriate way, whilst beginning to understand the effect our issues may be having upon us, our lives and our well-being. Talking may not always be the most appropriate option and I will explain EMDR and other options to see if you wish to try them instead.

Telling the story is just that, but it doesn't make the trauma symptoms go away - Bessel van der kolk

What Conditions Can it Help?
Counselling and Psychotherapy can help a range of problems and symptoms. The typical ones I work with are listed below but please contact me if you would like to talk through another issue to see if I can help.
  • Traumatic Life Experiences e.g. assaults, road traffic accidents, life changing medical diagnosis
  • Feelings of being stressed or stressful life experiences
  • Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse whether sexual, physical, emotional or a combination of all three
  • Relationship Problems such as separation, communication difficulties, affairs, divorce
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Bereavement - Grieving is normal but some people find counselling helpful to help them cope with their emotions and thoughts about their loss
  • Work Place Issues such as bullying, harassment, redundancy etc.
  • Low self esteem, motivation or confidence
  • Phobias such as flying, spiders, injections, dentists, hospitals
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder - often as a result of childhood trauma when someones personality has split into different parts - this is most often recognised as losing time during a day or week or ending up somewhere and not remembering how you got there or finding things in your belongings that you don't remember buying.
  • Personality Disorders - whether diagnosed or not.

    What Benefits can be Expected?
    The benefits vary from person to person and no counsellor or therapist can guarantee 100% satisfaction. You and I set personal aims or goals so that we can understand what you would like from your sessions. I believe it is important to pay attention to our therapeutic relationship, what we are aiming for and how we get there For example someone who is experiencing intrusive flashbacks from a traumatic incident may want to reduce their flashbacks. I would explain to you how I would help you do this. Another person may want to 'feel better' due to having depression or anxiety (or a combination of both). We would explore this and agree together the outcomes that could be achieved.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    If the answer to your question is not here please ring me on 07534 651534 or WebHealer to ask me

    Q What will happen when I ring you?
    A If I am available I will answer the phone. I will ask a few questions about how I can help you and some brief details about what is troubling you. If we agree that we would like to meet we will arrange a suitable day and time. I will explain how to reach my garden office. This initial call generally takes up to 10 minutes.
    If I am not available please leave a message with your name and number and I will ring you back as soon as I am free. Otherwise please WebHealer me and I will either e mail or ring you back. If you have a preference please say.

    Q What will happen at the first session?
    A At the first session my aim is to understand why you have come to see me and how I can help. I will ask questions to gain more information about you and your background. I will talk to you about confidentiality.

    Q What will happen at the end of the first session?
    A At the end of the first session we will discuss if you want to book the next session or think about it and ring me. I do this so you do not feel pressurised to make a decision there and then. We will also discuss how many sessions you would like to attend counselling for as this helps us set realistic goals.

    Q What types of payment do you accept?
    A I accept cash or cheque. Payment is made at each session.

    Q How long is a session?
    A Each session is 50 minutes long.

    Q What happens if I miss a session?
    A If you need to miss a session I ask for at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. Missed sessions without 48 hours notice of cancellation are charged at the normal session rate. If you are going on holiday we can discuss this separately.

    Q The problem I have isn't listed by you - what shall I do?
    A It is impossible to cover every problem or symptom a person may experience. Please give me a ring and we can discuss your particular circumstances

    Q Do you work at the weekend?
    A I work on some Saturday mornings for a maximum of 12 sessions with a person. If at the end of 12 session you would like to book more sessions we will discuss how we can find a convenient time Monday - Friday

    Q I work shift work - can you offer flexibility on day/time of sessions?
    A Having worked shifts myself I understand how difficult it can be to arrange a fixed day and time each week. I am happy to discuss your individual needs to see if we can work out a schedule of sessions.

    Q Do you offer telephone or skype counselling?
    A I do not offer telephone or skype counselling.

    Q Where is the counselling held?
    A I have a lovely, confidential garden office at the end of my garden. You will come in via the side gate at the time of your appointment and meet me in the office. Lighting is provided for evening visits.

    Q What hours do you work?
    A I can offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments (last evening appointment is 7.30pm) Monday to Friday. I offer some Saturday sessions.

    Q Is there on street parking?
    A Yes there is free on street parking in the road

    Q What buses run nearby
    A The H22, 481 and 110 all run close by.

    Q Is there a waiting room?
    A There is no waiting room. I ask that you arrive at the time of your appointment, not early to maintain confidentiality

    Q What is the nearest train station?
    A The nearest South Western Train station is Whitton. It takes about 10 minutes to walk depending on your walking speed.

    Q Do you have disabled access
    A I do not have disabled access. The paving from the road to the garden office is generally level however there are two step to climb to enter the office.

    Q Do you have toilet facilities seeing as you work from the garden office?
    The studio has been purpose built as a therapy room and has its own toilet and hand washing facilities.

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