All our counsellors are passionate individuals who are qualified to at least a level 4 in Counselling and belong to a membership body such as the BACP or NCS. That means that they are working in line with their membership body's ethical framework. We also have volunteers working with us, students studying at minimum level 4 to become qualified counsellors or they are already qualified and building up their experience and counselling hours. Our staff and volunteers undertake monthly supervision, ensuring they are working ethically with individuals. All volunteers are also supervised in the workplace, working in line with Mind Aloud policies and procedures.
My name's Anita Turner. I'm a professionally qualified, person-centred Counsellor with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I'm also a member of BACP.
I operate from a person-centred perspective, helping you with the issues you may be struggling with such as stress, anxiety or depression. I also support people with a wide range of issues such as work-related stress, personal relationship problems, bereavement, self-harming, anger management or suicidal thoughts.
I work from the humanistic, person-centred perspective, offering empathy, respect and openness. I offer confidential, one-to-one, person-centred therapy. I am warm and compassionate, bringing humour, as well as respect and straight talking.
I don't make assumptions and I don't judge. I spend time really listening to you and getting to know you in order to really understand what you're going through. I work with you to identify what you want to achieve from therapy. Guided by you and working at your pace, I help you to make sense of what you are struggling with.
I'm in your corner, helping you face the difficult thoughts and feelings that you’re struggling with, encouraging you to be your authentic self and supporting you every step of the way to get to a better place, emotionally.
Lyndsey Jane Kevan
Hello, my name is Lyndsey-Jane and I am extremely pleased to be able to contribute to the Mind Aloud offer.
Now more than ever, I feel there is a need to encourage and hold within each other a level of hope and optimism. The COVID-19 virus has struck us all, whether it has been big or small the impact has been inescapable! I think we will all have our tipping point with regards to when or how we may feel overwhelmed, be it momentarily or prolonged, by the magnitude of physical distancing, self-isolation, employment insecurities, family stressors and/or the anxiety of not knowing.
In light of social distancing the world of counselling has had to adapt and thankfully due to the possibilities presented with Skype, WhatsApp and the telephone, confidential sessions can still be held in a place where you feel safe and comfortable.
What do people come to counselling for?
Counselling is used for many different reasons and may also be used several times in one’s lifetime, depending on what and how often we experience certain things that impact on us. To give you an understanding of what the ‘counselling hour ’ can be used to explore:
Confidence or self-esteem
Loss such as loss of a loved one or loss of friendships
Identity or goals
Transitions – house move, school move, childhood to adulthood, parental/family split
Trauma – small or large trauma
Fear or anxiety
Complex emotions and choices
Loss of sleep or appetite
Addiction and much more besides
My approach to counselling is always person centred, which means that I trust in your instinct to know, given the right time and space, what’s best for you. That’s right, you do know what’s best!
We can sometimes find it more difficult to trust our inner voice, that part of us which perhaps has insight into what’s going on, what we should do or how we really feel, because life is so full of opinions, judgements and expectations, with very little time given to explore some of the relationships we truly have with these things - within ourselves.
During our time together we will explore your inner world so that you can come to the right decision for you.
I will not tell what to do, nor give you advice. I will, however, offer suggestions and research informed strategies, in the pursuit of supporting your growth and wellbeing.
I will not promise to make things better! That is because ultimately the extent of your progress rests on more than my skills or influence. There has to be a want, a willingness and equally importantly the ‘ability’ for things to change.
Through listening to you intently I will tune in to your words to enable introspection (looking inwardly for answers), insight (shed light on a problem) and growth, which together can contribute to better decision making, a greater more cohesive sense of self and overall improved mental health.
Whilst I have a wealth of experience of working with young people aged 8 – 25, this does not negate my vast experience of work with adults. I am extremely fortunate in that my varied work experience has equipped me with feeling suitably skilled and comfortable with all ages, with an overall focus of reducing suffering – regardless of age.
If you have any concerns, questions or would like to explore with me how we would work together, please contact me.
Lastly, I genuinely love my work and honour the bravery, trust and sincerity that it necessitates in those that come for counselling.
BACP Membership: 00951130
The following feedback has been kindly provided by clients regarding their experience of counselling at Mind Aloud. Reviews are reproduced with the kind consent of the individuals. Names have been changed to protect client anonymity.
Eddie: I stumbled across Anita at Mind Aloud, when all of a sudden out of nowhere I needed help. Fear and weakness is what I felt when I reached out to Anita for help. But from the first minute of the first session I felt safe, no judgement and trust, the feeling of relief and release after every session was overwhelming and not for one minute did I feel like this was a waste of my time and money. Without Anita's help my life might be very different now, and not for the better. I will always think of the counselling room as my safe place and in the future if I feel that things are going wayward again I will be straight back. I have nothing but praise for Anita, it's a big brave step to admitting you need help but believe me it's the best thing I've done and I will always be forever grateful to Anita.
Sara: Starting counselling with Anita was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I initially booked in because I was struggling in my current life, but quickly discovered that there was a lot more to it. Anita helped me gradually work through peaks and troughs, encouraging personal development along the way. I feel as though I’m a completely different person now and it’s thanks to my sessions with Anita. She’s accommodating, patient, honest and encourages self-reflection. I highly recommend this service to anyone who’s serious about taking a look at themselves.
Mark: I wanted to say thank you, a year on I would not be who I am now without Anita’s help. I really am thankful for the introduction into Person-Centred Therapy and it’s honestly really changed my outlook on life for the better. My counselling sessions allowed me for the first time in a long time stop fighting myself and learn to work with my own situation in a much more positive way. Being able to openly discuss my thoughts, free of judgement, gave me a feeling of freedom that without I may have not made it through university. The steps I took with Anita helped me so much, the non-judgmental atmosphere really making me look forward to the next session.