Linda Allen MBACP registered.BSc in Systemic Therapy
4 Blanche Street
Rhondda Cynon Taff
07825 126283 / 07733 226069
Hi, I'm Linda.. Thank you for taking the time to look through my profile...now that you are here, please read on and see if you recognise things that are affecting your life.
Lets talk about what to expect and what counselling provides..
Counselling is about finding an answer that works for you.
Whatever your age or problems you might encounter, talking to someone in confidence who is not making judgements, listening to you and valuing your views, without giving you advice can help you understand what is stopping you from enjoying life.
Coming to counselling for the first time may seem a daunting experience, it is a big step to take, it means you are ready to make changes or gain a new understanding of your issues, whatever they might be.
My aim is to create a genuine, warm, trusting and non-judgemental relationship which enables you to find solutions to whatever difficulties you are experiencing.
I provide a flexible approach and offer an empathic, down to earth , experience, in a safe, confidential environment.
There are times when we are faced with difficult situations, leaving us feeling confused, anxious, angry, depressed, unable to move forward.
Counselling is a collaborative process between the client and counsellor, which helps to identify how our thoughts affects our behaviour , to recognise how we get stuck in destructive patterns of behaviour that are harmful in our relationships ,It’s about making informed choices, and recognising our own strengths and the ability to find solutions through looking at issues through different perspectives.
Clear and open Communication is key in all relationships.Counselling allows clients to have difficult conversations in a private and respectful one-to one setting. without the blame game !
Do you feel that you just don't talk any more? the longer it goes on, the more of a habit it becomes.! this might affect personal relationships with friends and family, do the rows go on and on, repeating the same patterns over and over, do you feel you are walking on eggshells.....its so draining isn't it?
Relationship difficulties are often caused through lack of clear communication: it is vital in any relationship to feel listened to, understood and valued, counselling helps you to have the conversations you need to have, enabling you to get your message across without blame and confrontation.
Counselling can bring positive changes through exploring issues relating to conflict and exploring new more helpful patterns of behaviour .We often do not recognise that we see things differently to others, we expect others to understand how we feel and second guess what we feel others are thinking. Counselling helps clarify distorted thinking and helps clients find new answers to old problems .
Anxiety or depression ?... do you understand how they differ ?
What is Anxiety ?... caring too much about everything.
What is depression... not caring about anything....
both can be traumatic, together they bring great distress.
Does anxiety stop you living the life you want to lead ?Anxiety can have a debilitating affect on daily life, often presenting with physical sensations such as chest pain, palpitations, shallow breathing, pins and needles , nausea, shaking , sweating etc...this may result in feeling concern with your physical health...it's a vicious circle. Continuous daily anxiety often brings about depression, as it lowers mood and confidence
Through counselling you can learn techniques on how to manage your anxiety.
Woman experiencing menopausal symptoms can also suffer with loss of confidence, erratic changes in mood and depression, through talking with an experienced counsellor, you may gain a better understanding of how and why these changes affect you and learn to manage symptoms more effectively.
I work with many different areas of counselling though have a specific interest in relationship counselling . I also work with general anxiety disorder , depression, anger management ,social anxiety, panic disorder low self esteem, family conflict, phobias and bereavement.
During our life time we will all have experienced many changes , things we don/t expect, that lead us to question our core beliefs -these challenges may leave us feeling unable to cope, perhaps you may experience a loss of confidence in your ability to manage what you used to take in your stride : through counselling we can work together to make sense of the issues that are affecting your life at this time.
I work from home as an independent, integrated therapist,tailored to suit the individual needs of the client.
I also work out of Pontypridd and will travel to other venues where possible. Please feel free to contact me for an informal chat by phone or email, where I will try to answer your questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2BSc hons degree in Systemic Counselling.
- Registered member of BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)
- Mental Health support
- Motivational Interviewing
- Level 4 counselling Skills and Theory
- 4 years experience in voluntary sector with Merthyr & Valleys MIND
- 1 year with Talking Connections @ Mental Health Matters Bridgend
- 1 year with Ty Ellis Counselling Porthcawl
- associate counsellor for 2 Wish Upon A Star foundation
- working with Employee assistance Programmes for independent organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Single person £35 1 hour (including initial consultation)Couples counselling £45 hour.
There will be a cancellation fee of £15 if 24 hours notice not given as the hour will be booked for you at your request, you may be asked for the £15 on your consultation, which will be refundable at the end of therapy, if there have been no cancelled appointments.
There will be a concession for students with proof of study,the reduced fee will be £ 30 per hour.
and for those in receipt of unemployment benefits.( proof of benefit required) Free on street parking available at Williamstown
Each session will last 50 minutes -1 hour.
Appointments are available weekdays evening, and Saturday mornings.
I offer long and short term therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday To Saturday morning weekly ,days and evenings untill 8 PM
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|