Linda McKenna Counsellor & Hypnotherapist Reg.MBACP
Have you sometimes found that it is hard to share a problem with a friend or family member, as you don't wish to worry or upset them, or maybe you feel that they might not understand, or judge you in some way?
Perhaps you would prefer to discuss your problem with someone impartial in a confidential setting, where you feel safe to explore this further without judgement, a person who can empathise with your situation, enable you to further understand what is happening to you, and empower you to manage your problem. These are some of the reasons why a person may choose to come to counselling.
I am a caring, ethical, professional counsellor and hypnotherapist. I have a purpose-designed therapy room in Whitefield, to enable clients to feel comfortable, as well as ensure confidentiality.
I am a qualified person-centred therapist, meaning that I work in an equal way with my client to explore their problem further in an empathic, congruent, and non-judgemental way, in order to build a trusting relationship between client and counsellor, the client bringing to the sessions whatever is relevant to them to work with.
I do integrate other therapeutic tools however, for example, cognitive behavioural therapy, exploring behavioural change, or mindfulness concepts, if this would be helpful to my client to enable them to achieve their aims.
It may sometimes be the case that it is hard for the client to verbalise their problem, but may be able to do so by drawing the issue, or using stones to portray different relationships.
It's about what will help this client the most with their problem?
I currently work as a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist at a Cancer Support Centre, and do have a special interest in health-related issues, particularly as I have an extensive nursing background.
Prior to my work at the Cancer Support Centre, I worked voluntarily at a Bereavement and Loss Agency.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Hypno-Psychotherapy 2012
ABC Level 4 Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling 2011
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills 2009
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts 2008
Continuing Professional Development in Counselling -
Understanding Trauma and Attachment in a Therapeutic Context study weekend 2016
Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice study day 2016
Cognitive Reprogramming study day 2015
Understand and Working with Cancer study day 2015
Working with Metaphors through Dramatherapy study day 2015
Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills study day 2015
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Professional Development Day 2015
Meeting Pain, Illness and Stress with Compassion study weekend 2014
Positive Therapy study day 2014
Suicide, Prevention, Risk Assessment and Intervention study day 2014
The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups study day 2014
Working with Loss and Bereavement in Therapeutic Work study day 2014
Mindfulness in Relation to Person-Centred Practice study day 2013
Living beyond Breast Cancer study day 2013
CBT:Intensive 3-Day Introductory Course 2012
Working with the Inner Child day workshop 2012
Psychological Wellbeing in Cancer Care study day 2011
Resolving Unfinished Grief Issues study day 2011
Traumatic Grief in the Family day workshop 2011
Self Harm day workshop 2010
Trauma, Abuse & Neglect workshop 2010
Transactional Analysis 101 course (2 days) 2010
Gerald Egan The Skilled Helper: An Evolving Framework study day 2009
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Health anxieties
£35 for a 60-minute session, payable by cash or cheque.
BACP - British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
GHR - General Hypnotherapy Register
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesdays and Fridays by arrangement
Types of client