Linda Esprit: Post Grad Dip Counselling; BSc Psychology; MBACP
029 2038 3456
I am a CBT counsellor offering a relaxed, down to earth, safe and confidential setting to talk about whatever issues you may wish to bring to counselling. I work with a full range of issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, stress, panic disorders, phobias, OCD, eating disorders, anger and many other areas. Many clients come to counselling as they are experiencing a change in life direction and just need to talk things through, to find where they want to be. I am a warm, positive counsellor committed to helping the client find the right pathway towards reaching their full potential in life. I believe that by understanding issues faced in life we can ultimately move forward with renewed and enriched perspectives. I am enthusiastic, caring and sensitive to others' needs. I have found my own pathway with regards to being a counsellor, which I love with a passion. I have been in private practice for over nine years, and have been counselling for over eleven years in total.
I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a particularly effective therapy for making change. CBT looks at the connections between thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviour - very often it is not the situation itself which is the cause of distress, but the way we think about it. By examining our thoughts we can understand what obstacles may be in the way, preventing us from moving forward. Often, by looking at the way we have dealt with past experiences we can discover where we may be 'held back' and how it is affecting the present. CBT techniques can then enable you to challenge unhelpful or negative thoughts and behaviours, so that you may move forward more positively, to where you want to be.
A simple example of how CBT can be effective is to look at two motorists both stuck in the same traffic jam. One motorist feels very stressed, is fidgety and agitated, becomes sweaty and thinks, "I'm not going to get to meet my girlfriend on time - she'll be angry - she may leave me - I won't ever maintain a good relationship." His thoughts are tapping into past experiences and are also becoming 'distorted' and catastrophic - there is no evidence that this girlfriend will be angry or leave him or that he will never maintain a relationship. These thoughts can be examined and challenged using CBT techniques so that he can come to new, more helpful ways of thinking. The other motorist is calm, realises that there is nothing he can do to get out of the traffic jam, but that he can make the most of the situation he is in. He can listen to the radio or a CD, take some time to think, talk to his passenger, maybe even read (only if the traffic is halted of course!) thereby finding positives within the situation which further enable him to cope more effectively. The situation is the same for both drivers, but they display two very different reactions. The traffic will flow again and they will each get to their destinations - one in a calm frame of mind, the other flustered.
A little about myself: I am married and have three grown up children, and young grandchildren. In the past I have had many pets often all at once, including 5 cats and 5 rabbits! I now just have the one cat. I love the coast, the woods, wildlife, the sun and the sky, photography, rock music, and have a great sense of natural spirituality, as in the connection we have with nature. I also have a great sense of fun!
My aim is for you to feel as comfortable as possible within the counselling setting - if you feel comfortable then you are more able to fully express yourself, which is vital for you to achieve what you need. The room I use is small and comfortable, not at all clinical! I am warm and friendly whilst professional and committed to my work with a passion.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the Post Grad Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (DipCouns), specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The Diploma is accredited by the BACP and was attained at University of Wales, Newport in 2005.
I also have a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, attained in 2001.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have been in private practice for over 9 years.
Prior to private practice, I have 2 years experience of being a volunteer counsellor at Women in Mind, with clients with mental health issues. This includes issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, sexual problems, trauma, abuse, relationship difficulties and so on. I also have experience of counselling at Inroads, which is a local street drugs project. I am currently in private practice - having reached my goal!
I work with a vast range of client issues - including the issues listed above. Sometimes clients worry that their issues are not 'important enough' to attend counselling - I would like to assure you that if there is there anything troubling you that you would like to explore, then it may be worthwhile attending counselling. By learning to understand yourself more fully, you are more able to make fulfilling choices with your life, whatever those choices may be. Sometimes people just need to feel able to safely explore whatever is on their mind - sometimes just hearing yourself saying the words our loud to another person can be helpful in itself. In counselling, I can help you to explore these thoughts further and aid self-understanding, thereby helping you to reach wherever you want to be.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
£45 per full hour for individuals.
£60 per full hour for couples.
Longer sessions can be arranged if required.
Reduced fee sometimes negotiable for low income etc.
Cancellation fee applies.
I am a registered member of the BACP.
Please feel free to email or telephone - if I am unable to take your call please leave an answerphone message, or call back in the evening.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Normal availability is Tuesday-Friday, in the afternoons. Occasionally, later appointments can be arranged.
Types of client