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.

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