Hi, we're Teresa & Lynn of The Good Place to talk. Lynn likes to think of us as the Charlie's Angel of Therapy!
Find out more about us below.
Hi, I’m Teresa and I LOVE being a counsellor. I bring a deep level of empathy and a genuine desire to help clients find the answers. While there is a lot of theoretical learning to become a counsellor, I believe the necessary innate traits and qualities are just as important. You can’t fake being authentic!
WHAT LYNN SAYS ABOUT TERESA
Teresa is from Cornwall and recently made me a vegetarian pasty to celebrate St. Piran’s Day ( Gool Peran). My pasty had a letter L made in pastry to ensure I didn’t munch into the meatier versions. This thoughtful act shows the level of care Teresa gives to people in her life. She pays attention to detail and is a great person to have at your back. Teresa will support you to the max in he counselling process !
Teresa is bright and able – a highly skilled counsellor with a hearty laugh.
It's never too late to find your vocation
Born in Cornwall, I ended up in the Highlands via periods living in South Africa, London and a 6 month world trip. I had always regretted not going to university when I “should” have but, in my early 40s, I realised there was nothing stopping me doing it. I chose to study Psychology, and I soon realised that I want to be working with people as a therapist. So, alongside my final years' study, I began a counselling diploma as well, and it was the best decision I ever made. I learnt so much, personally as well as professionally.
Working with young people was always an ambition of mine – I wish I had had someone to talk to when I was a teenager – so I soon branched out into child and youth counselling, mainly with high school students but also with younger children, often using play therapy. But I still love working with adults – it’s never too late to make a change!
As a person centred counsellor, I can work with any issue as we will focus on your feelings and beliefs and uncovering your inner resources, rather than the presenting issue, which is often a symptom rather than the problem itself.
I like good food, cooking, meditating, travel, knitting and quizzes - in 2018, I was a semi-finalist on Mastermind!
I am warm, easy to talk to and have years of experience helping people. I will listen really carefully to what you say and also what you don't say. We will work together finding what is getting in your way and working towards a way forward.
WHAT TERESA SAYS ABOUT LYNN
Someone once described Lynn as the nicest person in the world, and I can’t argue with that! She has the biggest heart and sees the best in everyone. But she’s no pushover and has a strong sense of ethics. Lynn has a great sense of humour and we bonded over our love of the TV show The Good Place – hence the name of our website!
Finally, I feel that I have found a job that makes my heart sing
I started working on a YTS programme in the 80s at an accountancy office ……it did not go well as I kept forgetting where I was in the adding up. This was not the career for me.
I drifted into primary teaching not actually knowing what a degree was but, it opened the world up. I was able to live, work and travel in many different countries. My love of travel and meeting people from different places began. I learned a lot about diffent cultures, language and religions.
I retrained and moved into secondary teaching working with children and their family with learning difficulties. I loved this role and worked on developing opportunities for the young people.
In 2011 I had an accident which temporarily put me out of action for six months. Unable to move I had lots of time to think and decided to begin the process of changing career. This led to counselling and psychotherapy which I love – helping people.
I originally trained as a Person Centred Counsellor and I would say that I always have that approach at the heart of my counselling. However, I am also fully qualified and accredited in Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and will often integrate the two approaches. CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. I am now Accredited with BABCP which is the gold star of psychotherapy.
I like yoga, animals, the theatre, Nordic thrillers and eating dark chocolate. I lived in inland Spain for five years and speak Spanish quite badly. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my friends and family…. This brings me great happiness.