Lyn Tonks

Lyn Tonks
  • Counsellor
  • Low Cost

Lyn is a therapist at The Affinity Centre.  She is trained in Integrative Counselling and is a deeply caring and empathic practitioner, who will treat whatever you bring to your counselling sessions in confidence and with respect.  She brings to the counselling experience her own personality and warmth, compassion, humour (where appropriate) and mutual respect, all used to assist in supporting and bringing new hope to her clients.

As well as working with private clients, Lyn works in two charitable counselling organisations.  Lyn is a registered member of the BACP and abides by its guidelines and code of conduct.  She is also a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and of the Association of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling.

My Philosophy

I believe that counselling is founded on respect and compassion for each individual – that it is about nurturing a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Everyone has a need for meaning and purpose in life, achieved by nurturing the human spirit through relationships and through positive experiences with family, friends, work colleagues, animals, nature, music, art and other creative activities.  As a counsellor my aim is to help you live your unique life in a way that you would wish.  Within a safe, comfortable, non-judgemental and confidential space we can talk about things that are bothering you.  I will listen to you with genuine care, empathy and openness to help you explore your concerns.

My Approach

There are different ways of counselling and as an integrative counsellor I can draw upon different theoretical approaches, to provide the best support for your individual needs.  Within my integrative counselling I usually choose to work in an existential way within a person-centred base.  You can find out more about what these terms mean, on the relevant pages.

The first few sessions are usually about getting to know each other and assessing your situation. Hopefully, that will lead to building a trusting, supportive and collaborative relationship, which will be explorative and maybe challenging at times.

Who I Work With

I have worked with individuals, ranging in age from 18-85, on issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, loss of direction, relationship breakdown, search for meaning, stress, low self-esteem, abuse and spiritual issues.

In my private practice I provide both short and longer-term counselling to clients with a range of issues including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Depression
  • Faith issues
  • Life decisions
  • Loss of life meaning
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mid-life crisis
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Work related stress

I will work with you at your pace and help you discover choices that are available to you, to help increase your self confidence, and make your life better for yourself and those close to you.

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 twenty years have worked in a voluntary pastoral capacity with a diverse range of people of a spiritual faith and none, listening empathically and sharing in their concerns.  It was through this, in addition to my work in a busy engineering consultancy for fifteen years where I found that people often brought their problems to me, that I decided to retrain as a professional counsellor.

Further Information

Individuals are charged at £50 per 50-minute session, to be paid at the end of each session by cash or cheque.  In certain circumstances I accept payment by online money transfer. Details available on request.

I can offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions, for those unable to pay the full rate.

Sessions are available during weekday daytimes and evenings.

Mondays  6.00pm – 10.00pm and Tuesday 1.30pm to 5.30pm at The Affinity Centre, Wilmslow.

Other times can be negotiated.

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