I have experience of working with both individuals and couples of all ages, genders and sexual orientations. I’m very comfortable and experienced in working with individuals with less conventional life styles and believe that the focus of therapy should be on what you identify as problematic, not what others view as different.
Most people know that they aren’t doing well but don’t always know why or what that is caused by. If you are struggling but aren’t sure if your issues fit any of those mentioned above, get in touch and we can chat through if I can help or if I can direct you to someone else who has more specialist experience.
My general approach is to work out with the person a shared understanding of their problem and clear goals to work on. We can then use techniques from all of the above therapies to tackle the identified problems and work on achieving the goals, depending on what approaches are most effective in each situation.
I’m sorry but I don’t have experience in working with children under the age of 16 as this is a very specialist area, and it’s not possible for me to offer family therapy as I practice independently.
I can help with general problems such as relationship issues, work stress, managing grief, adjusting to major life changes, developing a sense of identity, self harm and suicidal thoughts and understanding sexual issues.
I also work with people with diagnoses such as:
.. and working with adults with personality issues, including borderline personality disorder / emotionally unstable personality disorder and I’ve been a qualified DBT practitioner since 2005. DBT is a very practically based approach which focuses on helping an individual to understand what is difficult in their life, why they have got stuck and what they need to do to change it. It tends to focus on the here and now, helping the individual to become more balanced and in control. DBT is traditionally practiced as a multimodal approach in which an individual receives group therapy, individual therapy and telephone support. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer the full package of DBT but instead offer what is known as DBT informed therapy. This is conducted through individual sessions with between session support through phone and email. Using this approach I help the individual to identify what areas of their life they are struggling to manage and whether this is the result of any particular skill deficits. If so, I teach the individual the missing skills and help them to apply them to their life. Sometimes individuals have the skills but find it hard to apply them, in which case I help the individual to identify the barrier to their skill use and develop strategies for overcoming it. Once an individual feels that their life is more stable, there are options to explore and process past traumas if the individual feels that this is something they would like to do. This stage usually incorporates more conventional therapies including those outlined below.
There are a number of therapies that I couple with my general approach of working with the person to come to a shared understanding of their problem and clear goals to work on. We can then use techniques from all of the below therapies to tackle the identified problems and work on achieving the goals, depending on what approaches are most effective in each situation.
at the MIND DBT page
Please contact me for fees, terms and conditions, a copy of my CV or if you would like to discuss a referral.
“My experience so far has been extremely positive and hopefully life changing. There are very few DBT therapists and I feel fortunate to have found such an excellent one. Lindsay’s approach is professional yet person centred. Her expertise and knowledge are exceptional and I really feel as if she is making a difference. I was very nervous making my first appointment but Lindsay was more than willing to discuss my needs and expectations and I feel as if we are now working together on a way forward. I always come away from sessions with a clear understanding of what we have done and what I now need to do. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Lindsay.”