Lynne Brown

Lynne's general areas of interest are sexuality, gender, and the psychological effects of life threatening diseases.

Staff details

Lynne Brown


Programe Convenor MA Counselling & Associate Lecturer BA Psychosocial Studies


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


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Lynne's commitment to lifelong learning grows out of her experience as someone privileged to have been able to continue her education as a mature student at Goldsmiths. Thus she is committed to the type of student body the department frequently engages with.

Lynne originally trained in Graphic Design and then worked in the publishing world for many years, but she has always had a hand in various voluntary organisations, such as the Samaritans and a company charity, DK Cares, where she served as a trustee and chair. As she rose up the corporate ladder she found herself working with people rather than design, and it opened a whole new world for her. She also began teaching within her workplace, as well as for Medway Creative Business Initiative and the Creative Graduate into Companies Initiative, which was a European Social Fund Project. While running her own gallery she decided to retrain as a psychodynamic counsellor and, once she had established her private and NHS practices, also moved onto more substantial teaching roles.

Lynne has also lived and worked all her adult life in multicultural setting and has experienced a huge diversity of cultural, ethnic and gender communities. As a result she has always taken a strong interest in matters relating to widening participation. Currently she is Chair of the board of trustees for the charity Waterloo Counselling that, alongside it English service, also offers counselling in 26 languages.

Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Monday and Tuesdays, Mornings only on Wednesday and Friday 

Location: Room S20, Laban Annex

Academic qualifications

  • MA in Counselling , Goldsmiths College
  • PG Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling (commended), Goldsmiths College,
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching, Goldsmith's College
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design, London College of Printing
  • Certificate in Counselling, Goldsmiths College
  • Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training, Centre for Stress Management


Lynne has been an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths for more than 9 years on the MA Counselling course and, more recently, the BA Therapeutic Cultures. She is now the course convener and a personal tutor on the MA, and additionally runs the ‘Introduction to Counselling’ vocational course for the college.

As a tutor Lynne has a particular interest in, and ability to support, dyslexic students. This grows out of her considerable previous experience of facilitating a number of high-flying creatives who suffered from similar problems. She is keen that her students are able to achieve their highest academic and personal potential through ensuring that all aspects of her courses function at optimum level. She brings a real understanding of the potential problems and needs of such students, as well as considerable experience of communicating to them the importance of the interface between theory and practice, as well as developing a reflective approach to their learning.

Her additional work as a Practice Counsellor in the NHS and in private practice also leaves her particularly well placed to offer information about developments in those fields and the current job market.

Research Interests

My general areas of interest are currently sexuality, gender, the psychological effects of life threatening diseases, the impact of state regulation and the introduction of IAPT on counselling practice. I am currently adapting an earlier piece on the Impact of erectile dysfunction on the psyche of heterosexual males for publication and am also working on a book proposal in the field of the practical application of psychodynamic approaches in clinical work.