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I was recently contacted by Kelly, a psychology student, about my experiences in counselling. I thought it would be nice to share them with you.
[Kelly: ] What Qualifications do you have?
[Lindsey: ] B Soc. Sci (Psych) UCT, BA Hons (Psych) UNISA, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction training, Family and Systemic Constellations Training and several others
[Kelly: ] How long have you been a counsellor?
[Lindsey: ] For 22 years
[Kelly: ] Why did you become a counsellor?
[Lindsey: ] It came naturally; I care about people in distress and am able to separate myself from others’ pain
[Kelly: ] Which field have you chose and why?
[Lindsey: ] If you mean my approach: systemic and mindfulness-based
[Kelly: ] What are the common issues you face?
[Lindsey: ] Generally I feel that the most common issue is normalising people’s behaviours. People perceive their thoughts, feelings and behaviours as aberrant and they are usually a normal and healthy response to the situation.
[Kelly: ] What methods do you use?
[Lindsey: ] Talk therapy – either face to face or via e-therapy, formal mindfulness practices to apply to informal daily life, individual constellations work and some energy psychology in the forms of Applied Kinesiology and Emotional Freedom Technique
[Kelly: ] Do you continue with training and courses to better your services?
[Lindsey: ] I read, keep up with social networking and do training courses
[Kelly: ] How do you keep what your clients tell you from affecting you personally?
[Lindsey: ] I recognise that I am a separate individual to those I care for
[Kelly: ] Have your experiences changed you?
[Lindsey: ] I have learned a lot about different ways of being
[Kelly: ] What do you enjoy most about counselling?
[Lindsey: ] I love to connect with people and help them to help themselves.
[Kelly: ] What do you find most rewarding?
[Lindsey: ] The honest connection with people as well as well as giving people a space to chat about things they have not had a forum to chat about
[Kelly: ] How do you handle the issue of ethics?
[Lindsey: ] I belong to certain groups and espouse their ethics. I am not a registered psychologist but I do abide by the HSDPA ethics, the Institute of Mindfulness ethics and the International Society of Mental Health Online ethics
[Kelly: ] what do you do to make the clients feels comfortable?
[Lindsey: ] I offer people something to drink and then I make myself comfortable. I don''t wait for people to speak - I make it easier by taking a history and asking what they have come for (there is a questionnaire on my website)
[Kelly: ] ok great, have you ever felt that you were not equipped to help someone? if so, how do you handle a situation like that?
[Lindsey: ] It is good practice to refer someone that you don''t like or feel unable to help. I recently had someone contact me and the communication set off a few red flags. I said I didn''t feel I could help and offered to refer them. Positive transference (liking a client) is important to me.
[Kelly: ] I was reading over the interview and your website again, and one thing I would really like to know is that you come across quite spiritual, how does this influence your counselling technique?
[Lindsey: ] I use secular mindfulness in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MSBR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The origins of mindfulness are Buddhist, but research has shown it is helpful physically and psychologically (I did my research dissertation on this). I also use energy psychology like Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing) and Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) as a more esoteric way of dealing with blockages. Family and Systemic Constellations work, in my mind, works via morphogenic resonance and epigenetics, which are not mainstream.