Lynette Eastwood

Lynette has a wide portfolio of experience spanning over twenty-five years working with children, young people and adults in different service settings including health, education, residential services and in her own private practice. Beginning her career setting up a community-wide counselling service for adults commissioned and delivered through GP services with a team of over 25 counsellors and psychotherapists, this service expanded and was commissioned by the Local Health Authority to provide counselling services to young people in schools and more specialised educational settings. Lynette successfully managed and delivered both these services for over ten years before embarking upon further training in child and adolescent psychotherapy.

She has extensive experience in Residential Services for young people who were in the care of the local authority. The guiding philosophy of this service was to provide a nurturing therapeutic environment where young people experienced the opportunity to form healthy attachments and positive relationships in preparation for independent living. The model of therapeutic care Lynette developed alongside her committed team achieved the gold star of ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

In her current work with a Sussex based Fostering Agency, Lynette provides therapeutic work to children, young people and their families. Her work with families is underpinned by the core principles of PACE: Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. She is particularly passionate about helping to support fosters carers develop key therapeutic skills to become mindful and compassionate parents. Lynette utilizes Theraplay in her work with children and families. She believes in the healing power of play to help support children and parents to strengthen connections, bonding and attuned attachment communications through playful and nurturing interactions.

She is a dedicated practitioner who has a special interest in working with trauma and attachment difficulties. She has attended a number of different trainings with a particular focus on understanding the importance of early bonding and attachment. Her evolving interest in the neurobiological implications of early trauma led her to undertake training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and she is currently working towards full accreditation. Lynette’s therapeutic approach is informed by the key principles of DDP which is particularly sensitive to the attachment needs of looked after and adopted children and their families. More recently, she has embarked on a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy at the University of East London.

Lynette is registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (MBACP).