Lynda Britchford, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Lynda Britchford

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Lynda Britchford, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Lynda Britchford

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My Approach

Our relationship is primarily at the core of my approach to therapy. If you don't feel we connect, if you don't feel seen, or heard, how can you feel safe in the therapy space?

I am flexible in my approach, therapy isnt a one size fits all kind of thing. This means that as well as giving you space, and time to explore, I may offer a range of ways to support you in your journey. This may be psycho education, safety planning, specific treatments for trauma responses like flashbacks, or working with different parts of the self.

My personal values mean that I work hard to provide a service which embraces and supports diversity.  Above all, I recognise that some communities face discrimination in society.  Trauma is something that can be felt by everyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, or ability.  In addition, for marginalised groups, trauma is much more likely to be part of your lived experience.  Therefore, I offer therapy to you, as a unique person, in all your wholeness.  
Are you part of the LGTBQIA+ community?  Are you neurodivergent?  Have you experienced oppression or marginalisation? Are you ethnically and culturally diverse, and have experienced racism in our society?  If so, you are warmly accepted here.

About Me

A bit about me... briefly, I've been a therapist for nine years.  I also have thirty years experience in the voluntary, care, and NHS sectors.  This has been supporting individuals with emotional distress and trauma, caused by a wide range of issues.  One of my commitments, is my investment in ongoing professional development in the field of trauma and gender diversity.  This ensures my practice is ethical, trauma informed and up to date.  And ultimately, benefits you, the client.

I work with

  • Groups
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

You may have experienced things in your life which have felt frightening or upsetting.  These experiences may have been in your childhood, or during adulthood.  These experiences can leave you struggling with difficult memories or responses, and not knowing how to cope.  Or, you may not really know why, but find yourself struggling with panic, anxiety, and distress.  Abuse also commonly causes difficulties, in the ability to connect in close, personal & family relationships.  Life can feel triggering. Therapy can help process abusive experiences, and enable you to move forward in the way you want to, without life feeling so triggering.
I have ADHD. And I also recognise that my experience of ADHD may be different to yours. We aren't here to talk about me or my experiences, but my lived experience, and additional training helps me to support you effectively, and with understanding.
Firstly I am a cisgender female. This (being cis) gives me inherent privilege, and I cannot fully know and understand what it feels like to be gender diverse or trans. However, I feel strongly that people have the right to have their gender identity respected, and to have safe therapy spaces to explore whatever is going on for them. Which may or may not be related to their gender identity. I am part of TACTT (Therapists Against Conversion Therapy and Transphobia) and committed to providing a safe, and affirmative space for people. I am also part of a supervision group specifically for affirmative therapists working with gender diverse clients.
Post traumatic stress describes a range of symptoms.  You may experience them if you have been exposed to extremely threatening, or horrific events - or a series of events.  You might have experienced these during childhood or adulthood.  It may have been a single incident, or an ongoing experience of threat. I am a member of ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) and have had extensive and wide ranging training in working therapeutically with the results of trauma. This does not mean you have to talk about your traumatic experiences. Symptoms can be reduced or even completely eliminated with appropriate interventions.
If you have experienced trauma within past childhood or adult relationships, this can significantly impact your ability to connect with and be in relationship with others.  This is common, and something that therapy can really help with.  Opening up about what you’re really going through, can feel really embarrassing, or shaming - even to trusted family and friends.  Therapy can help you to safely explore what’s bothering you.  It's important to know that what you are experiencing is normal, and it's okay to ask for help.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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