Confidential Trauma Counselling

Providing you with a safe space to improve coping strategies, and reduce your distress.

 

Counselling for men, women, and young people, in Oxton, Southwell, and surrounding areas.

Do Any of These Experiences Feel Familiar To You?

  • struggling to keep a sense of normality
  • difficulty in managing your emotions, or feeling emotionally numb
  • unpredictable anxiety, panic, or flashbacks
  • feeling empty, lost and alone
  • unable to remember periods of time, or gaps in your memory
  • you feel a deep sense of shame, with no self worth
  • Maybe you feel people would be better off without you

If so, Counselling Can Help.

If you have found your way here, you are already on the way to finding some help. Sometimes life feels overwhelming and difficult – and its hard to know where to turn for support.  I can help you.

I can provide you with a safe place to explore your emotions, and gain some coping strategies, to manage and reduce your distress.
Counselling with me, can help you to reduce the intensity of anxiety, panic and flashbacks.
I can work with you to feel better about yourself, and more confident.  So that you feel more at ease in your body.

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Hi, I’m Lynda Britchford

And I provide counselling for men, women, and young people in Oxton, Southwell and surrounding areas.

A bit about me… I live near Southwell with my husband and two ageing cats. I enjoy the outdoors, nature, and I love both the coast and hills.  Im an avid reader, both of fiction, and therapy related books and journals.

Are you struggling to cope after a traumatic event, or historical trauma?  Working together could help you, providing you with a safe and confidential space, to reduce your distress, and gain some coping strategies.  I have been described as compassionate, kind, gentle – and safe, with good therapeutic boundaries. I can provide a safe and containing space for you to heal from your trauma. Resolving difficulties in counselling can be life changing, and enable you to move on to a happier, more fulfilling life.

My background and experience in supporting patients with historical/childhood trauma and relationships whilst nursing, really was what spurred me on to qualify as a counsellor.  I have also experienced my own journey through therapy, and know first hand how powerful and positive it can be.   I continue to feel incredibly privileged that the people who come to see me for therapy, trust me at times of immense personal distress, with their thoughts, feelings and memories. Trust, and integrity are very important to me, and I am strongly committed to offering you an honest, respectful, safe and confidential relationship in which we can work together.

I help adults and young people who are experiencing difficulties in coming to terms with trauma or abuse.  This includes managing panic and anxiety, and loss of memory/losing time (dissociation).  Through a warm, and non judgemental presence, I provide a space where you can allow all parts of yourself to be fully present, without judgement, to start to recover from your trauma.

Together, we’ll explore how to get to a place where the emotional ups and downs of life now feel manageable, rather than totally overwhelming.

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If You Feel Confused or Scared, I Understand, And You Are Not Alone

Unresolved trauma can result in significant distress, and often the initial reason given for seeking help is one of depression, anxiety or panic. People are understandably often reluctant to share painful stuff straight away, and thats okay – its normal. Having a safe space to explore how you feel, with someone you trust, can lead to real changes in how you feel, about your past, and yourself.

Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed right now with all that’s going on. You may be:

  • Feeling bad about yourself and your past.  Experiencing shame and guilt about what has happened to you.
  • Feeling anxiety and panic, which doesnt make sense to you.
  • Coping with your feelings by using drugs or alcohol to numb them.
  • Angry – which feels like it bubbles up out of nowhere.
  • Experiencing poor confidence and low self esteem.
  • Having episodes of ‘losing time’ – finding yourself in a situation with no memory of whats happened.

If coming to terms with trauma or abuse, managing panic and anxiety, and loss of memory/losing time (dissociation) is affecting your ability to live your life, then it may be time to get some counselling.

It’s Possible to Start Feeling Positive, and More In Touch With Yourself

As your counsellor, I will commit to sitting with you in a safe space, without judgement and the pressure of time limited therapy.  

I will allow you plenty of time, for you to feel safe, and to build a trusting relationship in which you feel able to share things which you may not have spoken about before.   

I will honour your individuality and resilience, and work with you collaboratively and respectfully.

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There Are Many Benefits To Counselling

Counselling can successfully help you with coming to terms with trauma or abuse, managing panic and anxiety, and loss of memory/losing time (dissociation).  It can help you:

  • become more self accepting – learning to like, even love yourself!
  • have the confidence to be who you want to be, and to participate fully in life.
  • Improve your communication and relationships with others.
  • Develop coping strategies for when times are difficult (we all have them).
  • Be free of shame and guilt from old traumas.

These are a just a few of the ways counselling can help you.

There is Hope, There Is Help

Getting some counselling can help you feel positive, and more in touch with yourself. Let’s discover how I can help you.  Why not get in touch to arrange your first appointment.   Drop me an email or use the ‘contact me‘ page.

Or if you would prefer, you can book an appointment online here.  I’m here for you.

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A Little About My Professional Background

For 14 years I worked as a qualified nurse (RN) supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and mental health issues. I have a DipHE (Nursing), from the University of East Anglia.

I have an Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, from Chrysalis.

I have a Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis, from the Berne Institute.  In September 2018 I begin my journey to gaining a Masters Degree in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

I am currently studying for a Certificate in working with Children and Young People, at the Berne Institute.

My ongoing continued professional development has been focussed on trauma, distress and dissociation.

* As an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, I abide by their code of practice. I have regular supervision, and have appropriate professional insurance.

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