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BSL Counselling

The Deaf Academy employs a dedicated BSL Counsellor, Lynda Quick, who is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Lynda has also achieved her British Sign Language level 3.

Counsellors help people to sort out emotional, psychological or relationship problems using face-to-face talking therapies. These therapies are all talking/signing but with different focuses and theoretical backgrounds. So “counselling” means working together to help the person to feel better and cope more effectively.

Lynda offers a genuine, warm and accepting counselling relationship. In feeling heard and accepted, young people are given the opportunity to explore, discover, understand and clarify their way of living and being, and learn to be more accepting of themselves and others in past and present situations. 

BSL Counselling Support


Should they need to, our students can access the Counselling service independently. Counselling happens during regular one-hour sessions that are usually every week and these sessions are usually, but not always, the same time each week. The counselling sessions always happen in the same room. This means that the session can become a place where young people can feel safe to talk about difficult things.

Before beginning therapy sessions with the counsellor, they will explain how the sessions will work and the importance of safeguarding and confidentiality. Everything that our young people say to the counsellor is confidential - the only time the counsellor would need to break that confidentiality without the young person's permission, would be if a young person presents a significant danger to themselves or others. In this case, to comply with safeguarding regulations, the counsellor has to tell another person and will explain this process fully before the therapy sessions begin. 

As an individual member of BACP British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Lynda is bound by its ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein.