I think it’s always difficult to admit you need help, but Lynn doesn’t make it feel like you need to ever be ashamed or embarrassed of the problems you are dealing with. She helped me to address my problems and found ways that I can start to deal with them. Lynn is unlike any other counsellor because she is always there, no matter what. She truly is an amazing and inspiring lady and has helped me in so many ways. In fact, she has changed my life. I was so stuck in a rut and didn’t like myself and she has helped me look and treat myself with care and positivity. I feel so lucky to know Lynn, she truly has given me my life back, and I feel optimistic and ready for the future. Thank you Lynn xxx – Emily, Surrey
Lynn Crilly has been my councillor for the past year and I can honestly say she has changed my life for the better. She has helped me to overcome my eating disorder
as I was suffering from anorexia nervosa. Without Lynn, I would not have been able to beat it. She is always there at any time of day or night to talk to you.She is always supportive and kind
to you. I am so lucky that I found Lynn as I don’t think I would be here without her. She has not only helped me, but also my parents who were strugggling to come to terms with the eating
disorder and I know they are very grateful to Lynn too. As I go into recovery she has given me, my family and friends that I can keep going and never look back. Thank you Lynn. – Ella, Surrey
Lynn has genuinely changed my life in a massive way. When I first went to see Lynn I felt like I’d lost control of my life and felt that there was no way anything would ever get better. Lynn was incredible in helping me to become stronger than I ever thought I could be and in helping me to be more open with myself, my friends and my family. I will always be grateful to her for turning my life around with her kind and understanding encouragement. I feel so lucky to have been able to spend time with Lynn and I can never thank her enough for what she’s done for me and for helping me to become the strong, confident person I am now. – Lauren, Surrey
We were devastated and desperate when our 9 year old developed anorexia nervosa. She was so ill in March 2015 she would weep herself to sleep in my arms at night. Lynn’s experience, wisdom and warmth worked wonders and within three months we had made huge progress and had a happy, healthy and sociable child back. Our daughter doesn’t remember anything bad about the past months at all, in her mind her life continued completely unchanged and was ‘her best year at school’! Lynn’s skill and diligence at moving us all gently but firmly forward is incredibly precious, we are so very lucky to have found her. Our story could have so easily been frighteningly different. – Melissa, Surrey
Working with Lynn is an entirely different process to conventional clinical treatments. Lynn seeks to understand every dimension of the your life, not just your symptoms, seeing you as a whole person, understanding your context, your past, and engaging with the kind of future you want. With Lynn, your destination isn’t fixed and you’re given the time, flexibility and opportunity to shape your own life; a process of empowerment unlike the loss of control and autonomy you feel as a patient in other clinical environments. This way, your recovery emerges as the product of your own self-acceptance and the decisions you make for yourself, and that’s what makes it real and lasting. Lynn’s ability to collaborate the efforts I was making as the sufferer, and the efforts my family made as carers, was key to holding us together as a family in a difficult time. I’ve yet to hear of another treatment provider that shows so much compassion and respect for everyone involved, where blame and fault do not come into it, and where recovery is nurtured and facilitated as opposed to forced or imposed. Lynn’s more holistic view sets her apart from other professionals in the field. – Emma, Surrey
Like many others before us, we were completely devastated to discover our adorable 11 year old daughter had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. The next few weeks were a haze as she fell deeper and deeper into the clutches of this heartbreaking illness. She became very sick very quickly and within two months she was admitted into general hospital and then as an inpatient for 2 admissions. We tried so hard to challenge this treatment then worked hard to keep her motivated to stay out of hospital. I spoke to every free counsellor, read books after books, scrawled the internet to learn as much as I could so that we could help her battle. Then I picked up Lynn’s book, Hope. It was frank and honest and for the first time we felt that we were doing the right thing in questioning the treatment available. I immediately discharged our daughter from our dreadful CAMHS team and contacted Lynn. I was met with a warm, kind voice at the end of the phone and easily I began to tell her our journey so far. There was tears and laughter and that warmth and easiness continued throughout our counselling. As mum, I benefitted as much as my daughter and Lynn helped dad as well to see how we needed to work together as the tight family unit that we were before an eating disorders came to visit. Our daughter has now got her life back! 100% back! 9 months of intense counselling but a counselling with a difference. Lynn cares, she oozes warmth, understanding and compassionand showed us how to take small steps, reassuring us together with our daughter that recovery is possible. Without a doubt, Lynn’s work is unique and she touched my family’s life like a true fairy godmother. I cannot recommend her counselling highly enough. She gave us strength, shared experiences and empowered us to make changes and question the “normal treatment” and for that and all her love and support, I will always feel blessed and thankful. – Michelle, Essex
I have suffered from an anxiety disorder and panic attacks for a number of years. After a particularly difficult time my mum suggested I try counselling. I had undergone a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy a couple of years previously, which had failed to make much of an impact and I was unconvinced therapy was going to help this time. Lynn’s warm and friendly approach quickly dispelled the doubts I had over counselling and gave me hope that I could overcome my problems. She takes a holistic approach to mental wellbeing which improved my confidence and gave me the strength to tackle the causes of my anxiety. I have been able to speak openly about the difficulties I face and she has been there to listen and advise. Since starting sessions with Lynn I have been able to face situations I would previously have avoided and she has been there to support me through this process. I now have a much more positive mind-frame and feel that I have the strength to overcome my anxiety. – Andrew, Surrey – March 2014
When I met Lynn I was in the middle of a mental breakdown, and not able to cope with life. I had been prescribed a heavy dose of antidepressants/anxiety drugs, which looking back at the time was a quick fix to calm my erratic behaviour – however long term. They had an adverse effect leaving me feeling even more depressed and desperate than before. With Lynn’s help, love and support I was able to see things more clearly, she gave me the strength to slowly wean myself of the drugs . I was then able to get me mental and physical state stronger and toregain my life back. – Kevin James, Surrey
Lynn worked with our daughter overseeing her recovery after what we see as counterproductive intervention from “traditional” eating disorder clinic. Her approach is was much more focused on a person on a holistic basis, dealing with the child, parents and all the environment around (school, GP, etc.) to create a sustainable basis for recovery and eventually letting us to live normal life. We think the work Lynn has done is extremely valuable and wishing her best of luck in the future. Thanks Lynn – Boris & Helen
Just 8 months ago I was lost, confused and drowning in my own thoughts as I dragged myself deeper into the abyss my life had become. Yet as I began to feel as though there was no way out and no one able to help me, Lynn came into my life and together with the help of my family managed to gently guide me out of the murky water I was trapped in back to the surface. I could finally breathe again.
Lynn has been able to show me that I have a life outside my eating disorder, a life I left behind and need to get back to; with her help I have been able to accomplish things I never imagined I’d be able to do again. Now every day I feel like I have got a little bit more of my life back and a little bit more of the true Juliet, who has been hidden for so long, manages to shine through.
I don’t know where I’d be without Lynn but I know it certainly wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today and I feel like thank you will never be adequate in expressing my gratitude to her. Yet even so I want to take this chance to say thank you, thank you Lynn for listening to me when I thought nobody cared anymore and thank you for always keeping me positive & upbeat.You’ll always hold a very special place in my heart. – Juliet, Surrey
After reading Lynn’s book ‘Hope’ I was lucky enough to find out that she lived near me and was able to take my daughter on for counselling. After just 2 sessions I was feeling more hopefuland there were already signs of progress. We were fortunate that my daughter did not have ‘anorexia’ but she was suffering from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, which were affecting her eating habits making her very thin. Lynn came along as a ray of sunshine in this world where our daughter’s (and sons) are under so much pressure. Six months on, my daughter is eating normally and is a happier and more confident young woman. I cannot thank Lynn enough. She has helped Jen get her life back which has mean’t that we, as a family, have got our lives back too. – Jo, Surrey
I first met Lynn Crilly early in 2012 after a kind friend suggest she could help me. I have suffered anxiety, panic attacks and general low self esteem for over 11 years. I had spent untold amounts of money on so called professionals and wonder drugs. I arrived at her home and sat in a cozy back room. This amazing Mum, Wife and Friend embraced me as if I were one of her own. In my first appointment Lynn address my main problem within minutes. Herapproach is one of compassion, understanding and her knowledge of her own family challenges. Lynn understands the needs of the individual and does not sit there taking notes, she listens and makes me feel like for that hour I have her undivided care and support. I wish there were more people like Lynn who had the common sense approach as so many people would benefit. I can’t thank her enough and she will always have a special place in my heart she is truly one of a kind. – Emma, Surrey
Lynn has given me the strength to fight and not give up on feeling a sense of hope which I did not have before the day that my dear friend introduced me to Lynn. Lynn instantly calmed me with her warmth, such kindness and an understanding which touched my heart. Over time Lynn has helped me to see a glimpse of light, beyond my traumatic past. Lynn’s guidance and reassurance pushed me to make some changes which I never thought I could cope with in my recovery.
Lynn will forever be a best friend to me. She showed me how to feel inspired by life in my creativity outside of the confinement of my eating disorder and how to find ways of managing self-destructive thoughts better.
Lynn’s belief in you encourages you to believe in yourself through a love which I will always hold onto… so tight. I discovered a part of Bella who I thought I’d never find from within. – Bella, Surrey
As the mother of 3 teenage daughters I am very familiar with the usual teenage insecurities and general body confidence issues, however nothing was to prepare us for what happened when our youngest daughter (just 12) developed anorexia. She was a very sporty, seemingly happy-go-lucky child, with no obvious issues. Being so active when the illness took hold, her weight dropped dramatically and suddenly. She was admitted as an inpatient to a private eating disorder institution where she remained for the next 3 months. The conventional treatment provided by the clinic focused on weight gain, and whilst dealing with the physiological aspects of the illness, her pyschological needs were not addressed. She did not engage with the therapists but merely learned from other anorexics in the clinic , how to cheat the system and avoid the forced weight gain. Over the course of the 3 months she was there, my husband and I saw a marked deterioration in her mental state. We knew we had to find an alternative treatment for our child as this was not working for our daughter. A friend had heard of Lynn Crilly’s counselling work and gave us her details. My husband and I arranged a meeting with Lynn and decided to take our daughter out of the institution the following day. This was the beginning of our daughter’s road to recovery. I don’t know how she does it, but Lynn seems to really understand the anorexic mind and slowly over the course of a few months, she worked with our daughter, gaining her trust and encouraging her to leave the isolation and destruction of the anorexic mind set, and begin to live a normal life. The whole family were very much involved in the process. Our daughter returned to full – time school and gradually started to regain her self confidence – socialising with friends and having fun! After our daughter had been seeing Lynn for 6 months she was able to go down to 1 session per week, and now after 9 months continues to to have counselling with her once a month and has developed a very special relationship with her. The counselling sessions are fun and whilst they talk, they make jewellery or do puzzles and other creative activities. Lynn has never forced out child to eat a special diet or certain foods, our daughter chooses now to eat a very healthy balanced diet. recently she returnes to sport and everyday contiues to make progress. I cant thank Lynn enough for not only giving our daughter her life back, but giving the whole family our lives back. – Marion
Lynn has completely changed my life around, for which I am eternally grateful. I struggled with Bulimia for 5 years and as much as I wanted I could never find enough strength to stop, until I met Lynn. Instantly I felt comfortable in her presence and after the very first meeting I was on the road to recovery. One of the hardest things is seeing how much you are hurting the people closest to you, but not being able to do anything about it. Lynn helped me to find the courage and strength I needed, and she supported me every step of the way. – Natasha, 20
Lynn is incredible. She has enabled me to see through the heavy, grey fog of depression and hear over that insiduous, nagging voice of my inner critic. She has given me a fresh perspective, a way to change my thoughts. It’s like the colours in my life are brighter, sharper and more vivid than before. I am brimming with optimism, ready to leap into the life I want and deserve. Lynn has showed me that this is possible. I don’t have to be a slave to my demons. I am in control. I am free. – Chloe, 22
I have been with Lynn for a year now, and since the first day I walked into her lovely office she has been their for me in everyway possible. Lynn helped me to believe in myself and look at things from a different perspective, I know that no matter what happens Lynn will always be there to listen.Lynn is much more than just a counsellor, to me she is now a best friend x – Brittany 16 years
My name is Veronica, and I am the mother of a recovering anorexic girl. We had the blessing opportunity to be helped in all this process by Lynn Crilly. As a Mexican family living in the UK, it was not easy for us to understand what to do in this situation and to find the proper guidance and help that we required. Desperate as we were,we started researching for professionals in the matter and it was by luck that we contacted Lynn. Since the first moment I met her, I knew we were going to be ok!!! For us Lynn has not only been the professional help we needed, but also her encouragement, kindness, loving heart, braveness, intelligence and sparkling character has made this journey far less dramatic and painful. Since the first moment we talk to her, we felt that we were at home, she gave us love and inspired trust to all of us especially to my daughter. Slowly but steadily our daughter has moved forward and we will always be grateful with Lynn for her guidance and help. – Veronica Surrey
Before I came to Lynn I had been admitted to a hospital for depression with anorexic tendencies. When I came out for the second time I had completely lost hope and refused to interact with the outside world. Then when I was recommended to Lynn things started to change, from the first meeting I felt comfortable and able to share anything with Lynn. Unlike other counselling Lynn uses different methods and makes you come out of the meetings feeling happier instead of you leaving thinking only about your problems. Now six months on I am healthier and have a more positive approach to life. – Hannah 14 years
“When my beautiful mum and dad told me I was starting with a new counsellor I though to myself, ‘not another one which isn’t going to make any difference’. I have to admit it I was completely sceptical, and really didn’t want to get better, yet alone go. The first time I came to Lynn, I had lost all hope in ever ‘living again’ and no part of me was me anymore. I had come to an end where I couldn’t take anymore, and was in a depressed, self-pitying state. I was slowly killing myself and bringing my amazing family with me. But the real Eva was still in their, and Lynn saw that.
From the moment I stepped through the doors of Lynn’s gorgeous and warm office, a small particle of hope seeped through my bones. I instantly loved Lynn; she made me feel better when nobody else could. She made me see clearly again, and pulled me out from the dark rocks of anorexia in which I have been trapped under. But most importantly, she made me see how much I have to live and be thankful for.
Lynn is like a real life fairy godmother, which came to me in my darkest hour. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t an easy road, and it contains a lot of tears, hurt and upset. But the battle is worth it and with Lynn their, its bearable and she makes you believe that you can do it. She has a real talent in what she does, and I believe that she can go very far. Then do what she has done with me, to hundreds of people. I can only hope that one day I can do what she has done to help me, and be as much of a kind, caring person as she is.
I didn’t just leave with strength, I left with a best friend which I will cherish for the rest of my life.”- Eva 15 x
“I have been a friend of Lynn Crilly and her family for over five years now and I am certain that Lynn Crilly is an excellent counsellor. Her communication skills are beyond most parents, teachers and other adults. She is able to understand and appreciate other people’s problems, offering brilliant support, advice and guidance. Furthermore, Lynn is a fantastic ally, listening to you, whether the problem is small or hugely overwhelming. Her influence and care for others has changed lives: fact” – Zoe Shellie
“My child was in the early stages of an eating disorder when we came to Lynn and I am glad that we found her. Lynn’s approach leaves both the client and carer in no doubt that she actually cares about them and wants to help them get better. The environment that Lynn has made is warm and friendly, there is nothing clinical or cold about it which I found immediately made both me and my child feel at ease.
Lynn has helped me understand what an eating disorder involves and she has helped to educate and guide both me and my child – together we have found our way through the darkness, if you are like I was and do not know which way to turn, I urge you to call Lynn and make an appointment; it will change your life for the better, it has changed ours.” – D.C.
“Lynn is very special and is certainly not like most other professional counsellors. Having worked with my 12 year old son over a number of months, I soon discovered that she takes a very personal and caring approach which comes straight from the heart. As a result she quickly establishes a relationship with clients built on mutual trust that breaks down barriers and achieves remarkable results. To say she gives it her all is an understatement!
Think of Lynn as a fairy godmother, someone who listens and talks plain and simple sense without a clipboard in sight!” – A.B.
“Lynn Crilly is a very understanding and lovely woman. We talked not only about the eating disorder but we went into depths about the root of the problem and she tried really hard to get a good all round understanding. Lynn deals with the problem not only from the facts but from her heart and experience and knows how to deal with certain situations very professionally.
I feel Lynn helped me a lot in dealing with issues I had and using mind techniques to help deal with times I would have to face food. Lynn is kind and a very loving woman and has a calm way of approaching people. She has a natural way of making you feel comfortable in her presence and her belief in you gives you belief within yourself.” – E.Tyson
“I didn’t think I needed counselling, but after just one hour with Lynn I had made two life changing decisions. I would recommend Lynn to anyone no matter how major or minor the issue appears to be.” – Simon Heavens
“I visited Lynn on recommendation. At the time, I was feeling that my life was a mess and I had reached a crossroads and had no idea which route to take, my self esteem had reached an all time low and I didn’t know what to do. As soon as I was greeted, I felt comfortable with Lynn. I found I was able to open up and talk to her very easily. She is very caring and listened without being judgemental in any way. Through tears and smiles Lynn gave me the strength to make changes in my life and look at situations from a totally new perspective. She taught me that I was a deserving person and my thoughts and feelings did matter. I now have more control over my life and know how to manage any negative thinking. I came away after each visit knowing exactly what my next step should be.
Her clear and concise guidance has given me the tools to pick myself up and get my life back on track. I would recommend Lynn to anyone in need of an ear and as her knowledge and skills cover many aspects of life, she is sure to bring you to where you want to be.” – J. (Surrey)
“Lynn Crilly is a superb counsellor and seeing Lynn over a period of time I was able to slowly put my problems into perspective. With Lynn’s help I started to like and believe in myself – until you like yourself and realise you only have one life, you cannot change the past – but you have a future. Lynn helped me change my view of life – it was not easy, but I am now the best I have been in years.
I would highly recommend Lynn Crilly as a counsellor; it might just change your life for the better, like mine. I would like to thank Lynn for all help and support; I will stay in touch with her.” – David Flack
“Lynn Crilly was so much more to me than just a counsellor, she was also a friend. With her help I was able to see problems from a new angle and perspective, and find ways of moving forward from issues that had held me back for years. I would recommend her to anyone who feels they are suffering alone with a problem because she not only gave me the support and advice of a councilor and friend but enabled me to develop confidence in my own choices and abilities to change my life for the better” – K.B.
Reference from my GP
“I have known Mrs Crilly as her General Practitioner for 18 years. She is a delightful lady. She has a good sense of humour but also the right balance in life. She is always courteous and professional when the need arises. She has provided a private counseling service for our practice with very positive feedback from all her clients. She has a wealth of experience in dealing with eating disorders and is continuously expanding her knowledge base. I would recommend her without reservation.” – John Dalzell Click to see original.