Linda Jones-Hargreaves Dip Couns. MBACP, Pg cert Supervision
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what direction to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried"
Hello I'm Linda, I've been practising as a counselling psychotherapist in Greater Manchester for over 14 years.
The style of counselling I practice is called person-centred counselling, which was developed in the 1950's by American psychologist Carl Rogers. Person-centred counselling is from the field of humanistic therapies which places the focus on the client and puts them at the centre of their counselling experience.
My approach is holistic; our bodies can hold onto our life experiences as much as our mind, so I work with the whole person paying attention to the physical effects of distress as much as the emotional. I believe that every person is unique and has the ability to reach their full potential. I strive to create an environment that enables you to explore, heal and grow.
I am also trained in a mindfulness technique called mindful resilience enhancement (MRE). You may want to integrate this into our therapy work or book a stand alone session.
I offer one to one counselling sessions to adults who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives. There are many reasons why people come into counselling - you may be experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem or simply do not feel like you're functioning like you used to.
Life experiences help to shape who we are, our childhood experiences, our culture, parenthood, our career and our experience of loss. These are just a few of the factors that can contribute to how we feel and relate to others. Not every experience in life is positive; counselling gives you a place to safely look at your past or current situation to understand how this may be affecting you.
Good therapy is all about the relationship. Feeling safe, feeling you can trust the other person to hear you and not judge you, to accept you where you are. They are authentic and real with you, while respecting boundaries. Feeling heard, seen, accepted and understood is extremely healing and powerful. Once you experience this in a therapeutic relationship you can start to reveal, start to explore the parts of yourself in the shadows and move towards a more authentic fulfilling way of being.
Therapy can be either long term or short term, weekly sessions last for 50 minutes and take place in my counselling room in Manchester City Centre.
I also offer online counselling via Skype or Facetime for people who may want to work with a counsellor from a different town or city or have difficulties getting to a counselling session.
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP). Being a registered member means I meet the BACP's standards for safe and ethical practice.
Finding the right therapist is important, there are lots of different therapist to chose from who offer many different approaches. Before we engage in any therapeutic work I offer an initial meeting with no obligation to work with me. There is a fee of £25 for the initial meeting, here we will discuss your goals for therapy and the boundaries to our work which are outlined in my counselling contract.
Mindful Resilience Enhancement (MRE)
"Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you hear?"
Jon Kabat Zinn
MRE was developed by Tim Durden and Annette Dunn. MRE integrates mindfulness and self compassion approaches making the technique accessible for everyone whatever you lifestyle.
Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment, paying attention with curiosity and compassion. Mindfulness can be practised in what we call a 'sitting practice' or we can experience 'mindful moments' in our everyday life.
Mindfulness has been proven to be effective in treating anxiety, depression and stress and enables us to reconnect to our bodies and sooth our central nervous system.
Self compassion is a way of relating to ourselves. Being fully aware of our inner dialog with ourselves and responding to ourselves and our needs with kindness and compassion.
MRE brings together mindfulness and self compassion enabling you to open up to new ways of responding to situations or emotions you may be struggling with.
MRE sessions will be experiential, we will engage in a 'sitting practice' together with the space to explore your experience of this. Once you're grounded in this you can practice this alone and learn how to weave mindfulness and self compassion into your daily life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in counselling skills - 2000
- Diploma in counselling - 2002
- Reiki 1st degree - 2006
- Introduction to CBT - 2010
- Certificate in CBT - 2010
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Msc) Salford University - 2011
Training courses and workshops attended:
- Diploma in bereavement skills - Oldham Bereavement Support Services -2000
- Transpersonal moment workshop - Oldham College - 2001
- Expressive therapy workshop - Oldham College - 2001
- Working with children & play therapy workshop - Oldham College - 2001
- Gay affirmative therapy workshop - One to One Counselling - 2002
- Child protection training - Positive Steps Oldham - 2003
- Diversity training - Positive Steps Oldham - 2003
- Child and adolescence mental health awareness training - CAMHS Oldham -2003
- Brook level 1 & 2 sexual health awareness - Brook Oldham - 2005
- The essential tool kit for running groups - SDS Manchester University - 2009
- Mindful Resilience Enhancement level 1 - Integrated Mindfulness - 2013
- Mindful Resilience Enhancement level 2 - Integrated Mindfulness - 2014
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Initial 30 minute meetings £25
Face to face counselling in Manchester £50 per 50 minute session.
MRE in Manchester £40 per 50 minute session.
Online counselling, Skype or Facetime £40 per 50 minute session
(pre-paid via paypal)
Concessionary fees are offered for students or people on low income, please contact me for more details.
Clinical Counselling Supervision in Oldham £40 per hour or £30 per hour for students
Online counselling and Skype counselling
I also offer one to one online counselling sessions via Face time and Skype. Contact me for further details on how to book an online counselling session.
Maps & Directions
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Supervision & training
I am a person centred supervisor I offer my supervisees a safe non-judgemental environment to enable them to explore their work with clients and to explore who they are as therapist. .View supervision profile