Lynne van der Vyver

Lynne van der Vyver , MACP (Candidate)

About Lynne

Life throws us its share of challenges, sometimes making us overlook our natural strengths. We find ourselves stuck in negative patterns or cycles, leaving us feeling stressed and disconnected. Sometimes, we struggle with relationships, including the ones with ourselves. Love and relationships are our life force, but they can also present overwhelming challenges. We are human. I aim to build connections and make you feel closer to your partner, both physically and emotionally. I will guide you in navigating these challenges and create a foundation of understanding, trust and intimacy. Every relationship is unique, and I approach each couple with empathy and an open heart. I understand that conflicts, miscommunications, and life transitions can lead to a sense of disconnection and frustration. My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for both individuals and couples where both partners can express themselves and be heard. You will find that I am down-to-earth, open-minded and understanding.

My career in the helping profession started as a personal care provider for seniors. The experience brought me closer to families and grief. Grief profoundly impacts our lives. Grief is a unique and deeply personal experience, and I am here to walk alongside you on this path. My goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable exploring feelings, memories and thoughts without judgment. Together, we can work on ways to honour your loss, cope with pain and ultimately find a way to integrate the memories of your loved one into your life in a meaningful way.

Experience:

Lynne is a Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying and is completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of South Africa in 2019 and completed a diploma in addictions and mental health in 2020. Lynne started working in the helping profession as a personal support worker for seniors, and she still provides care for seniors in her spare time. Lynne views her clients through a holistic and culturally sensitive lens and appreciates the uniqueness of each client.

Client Focus: Couples, Seniors, Families, individuals

Presenting Concerns: Anxiety, Depression, Burnout, Trauma, Couples, Grief, Life transition/changes, and immigration challenges.

Types of therapy: Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

My favourite quotes:

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King.
“Hope is the heartbeat of the soul” – Michelle Horst

More than just my work:

I have been married for almost 20 years and am a mother of 1. I lived in different counties (originally from South Africa) before settling in Canada in 2017 and becoming a Canadian citizen. I love humour and the little things in life.

Credentials:
B.A, M.A.C.P (Candidate), R.P. (Qualifying)

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