Lyn Tonks
Lyn is a therapist at the Affinity Centre. She is highly trained in Integrative Counselling and is also a qualified Human Givens Therapist.

She brings to the counselling experience her own personality and warmth, compassion, humour (where appropriate) and mutual respect, all to assist in supporting and bringing new hope to her clients.

Lyn is a registered member of the BACP and also the Human Givens Institute, both accredited by the PSA.

My Philosophy

I am a friendly, caring and understanding counsellor. When you come to see me, we will be able to talk together about what is troubling you at this time, in a comfortable, quiet and confidential environment. We can concentrate on your concerns, so you feel heard and supported.

I believe that counselling is founded on respect and compassion for each unique individual – that it is about nurturing a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Everyone has emotional needs and innate or learned resources to help get those needs met. Together we can explore your goals for therapy and discover ways to achieve them. Using Human Givens techniques such as 7/11 breathing and Guided Imagery, I can help you learn new ways of coping to enable you to achieve emotional wellbeing.

Overall, I think people see me as someone who, through life experience alongside continued learning, has developed a mature approach to dealing with their issues and concerns.

My Approach

As an Integrative counsellor I can draw upon different theoretical approaches to provide the best support for your unique needs.

In recent years I am delighted to have discovered and used Human Givens therapy as I have found people are greatly and quickly helped, often in only a few sessions.

Our counselling sessions will last between 1-11/4 hours and will encompass warmth, empathy, information gathering, goal setting, rehearsal, all to help you to best use your resources to get your needs met in balance. Sessions will always include mutual respect, while building strength and hope.

Who I Work With

I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 16-85, with a wide range of ways of understanding the world, on issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, loss of direction, search for meaning, low self-esteem, relationship breakdown, trauma, phobias, addiction, anger management, spiritual issues and others.

My Motivation

My Christian background instilled in me, from an early age, a respect and compassion for every individual. I continue to have a deeply held faith and for the past 30 years have also worked in a voluntary pastoral capacity with a diverse range of people of a spiritual faith and none, listening empathically and sharing their concerns. It was through this, in addition to working in a busy engineering consultancy for 13 years, where people found me to be someone to whom they could bring their concerns that I decided to retrain as a professional counsellor.

Further Information

Individuals are charged at £60 per hour, to be paid at each session by cash, cheque or direct transfer.

I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions at £30 for those on a reduced income.

Sessions are available Mondays 6-10pm, Tuesdays 1.30- 5.30pm, Wednesdays 1.30-5.30pm.

Qualifications and Professional Bodies

BSc (Hons) in Microbiology (Edinburgh University)

MA in Counselling (Manchester University)

Human Givens Diploma (HG Dip P.) Read my article on What is Human Givens therapy here.

In addition to my academic qualifications, as part of my on-going curiosity about counselling and continued learning, I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development events and workshops.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and also the Human Givens Register (MHGI).

I abide by the codes of ethics and conduct of these associations, which are both accredited by the Professional Standards Agency (PSA).

I am in possession of an Enhanced DBS.

I receive regular supervision of my client work to ensure you of the best possible outcome.