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Ms Lyn Gamwell

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Ms Lyn Gamwell

Mobile 0419 410 571
Counsellor

Your Counselling Space

Mobile 0419 410 571

The therapeutic relationship between us is the heart of our work together. My approach is to offer a calm, empathic and non-directive presence in which you feel respected, supported and safe. Whatever the experience, feeling or watershed moment that has prompted you to want things to change, I view this journey as one of uncovering and discovery. Together, we begin where you are now and then explore possibilities for living life more satisfyingly, by your own standards.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • The Fountain Centre, 6/318 Sydney Rd, Balgowlah, Sydney NSW 2093 0419 410 571 PHONE 0419 410 571

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Video / Skype 
  • I offer short and longer-term counselling to individuals over 20 years old as well as Supervision to practitioners. Some key areas in which I work include: general anxiety, depression, grief and loss, issues arising from abuse, life transitions, exploration of meaning, self worth, communication styles and problems, personal boundaries and desire for change.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Creativity, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Self Development, Social Skills, Violence  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Existential, Meditation, Person Centred

    I seek to help my clients increase their awareness of their ways of being in the world and to explore with them new possibilities that lead to greater choice. My counselling style is informed by Existential and Person Centred approaches and, where appropriate, meditation and focusing.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Post Graduate Diploma Counselling - 2007

    Professional Associations

    Quality Provision

    My training as a Counsellor was undertaken at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Further studies followed, primarily with an Existential focus, a philosophical approach which informs my work.

    I continue to undertake professional development and training each year and receive clinical supervision monthly. I also undertake my own psychotherapy to help me continue to grow personally.

    Background

    My experience has been gained in private practice, in running psycho-education groups and as a counsellor in a community welfare organisation where I also train and mentor interns in the development and use of key counselling micro-skills.

    Many years in communication and in my own brand-building organisation have given me insight into the power of words to both reveal and conceal us and into the different ways we communicate and understand the world and others.

    Appointments

    Monday - Friday, 11 am - 7 pm
    Other hours and Saturdays by arrangement.

    Transport and Parking

    Very accessible from city (ferry) and from north shore
    Convenient buses on Sydney Road
    1 hour on-street parking available and 3 hour parking in mall 2 mins walk away

    Fees

    $120 per hour
    Sliding scale to accommodate specific needs
    Student rates

    Payment Options

    Cash, cheque, EFTPOS



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    10 Questions with Lyn Gamwell

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Firstly I was looking to add another dimension to my life. And I had always been curious about a time of great need in my own life when some help seemed to open up a space for me in which I could regain my footing and other help contracted it and interrupted the process. I decided to study to find out what those facilitating qualities were. Eventually, I decided to enter the profession with the intention of creating a space in which others can find their way.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I immediately fell in love with Carl Rogers' Person Centred approach and his views on the innate desire of humans to self actualise. Existential psychotherapy also appealed to me with its notions of freedom and responsibility, its lack of labels and judgment. It sits in comfortable alignment with Buddhism, a way of being that I had come to appreciate through meditation. Today, I work in the here and now with my clients, with a mix of Person Centred and Existential approaches. In my personal life, I am adding focusing to my meditation practice to see where that may take both me and my practice
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • What it takes for each person to live a satisfying life by their own standards.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • The here and now in the room and the relationship between us is primarily how I work with my clients. I do not use 'tools' per se and consider the journey one that we both undertake, with my acknowledgement that the client is always the expert in his or her own life.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • There is no one answer to that question. Every client is an individual and the meaning of 'progress' can vary widely from person to person. If it is a single problem that is being addressed, then some change can be expected in around 6 weeks, if weekly sessions are undertaken.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy continues to teach me that we are all bonded by being human and that we all struggle with 'the human condition' and the desire to find meaning in our lives.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • The journey of uncovering and discovery that I am privileged to accompany a client on
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes of course I do, I'm human. Being a therapist doesn't mean that I know how to not have them.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Wow. What to choose? There are many. Guess finding a way to sustain the planet and help the planet to sustain us might take prime place.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Going on Being by Mark Epstein - a wonderfully readable book about the intersection of buddhism and psychotherapy. D W Winnicott's theory of 'good enough mothering' beautifully integrated.

      'In the Name of The Father' and 'The Lives of Others' are two films that have had a profound effect on me in their portrayal of the infinite sides of what it means to be human.
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    Ms Lyn Gamwell

    Lyn Gamwell

    Counsellor

    My experience has been gained both in private practice and in community welfare where I counselled, ran groups and trained and mentored counselling interns. I am a Clinical Member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW.

    In my own life I have discovered the power of 'just enough', in the tenor of The Buddha's Middle Path. Our journey will be to discover what the 'just enoughs' are for you to bring about the changes you desire in your life....

    • Balgowlah
    • Existential, Meditation, Person Centred