Linda Reed MBACP - Counsellor/Psychotherapist
01237 479866 / 07891973755
Are you looking for an experienced, professional and compassionate CBT Counsellor/Psychotherapist? I offer a local service in Appledore, just one minute from The Quay where I work both long and short term with individuals.
I have 10 years' experience of working with many people facing serious and challenging difficulties in the Exeter and the East Devon Area and now wish to bring my expertise and knowledge back home to North Devon. During my time in Exeter I managed 5 counselling volunteers on placement, managing referral waiting lists and allocating these accordingly within four children's centres
I am an accredited registered member of the BACP [British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy] and abide by their code of ethics. I am fully insured and receive monthly supervision.
How I work
I work using a Humanistic and Integrative approach as well as CBT. I aso offer clients the space to work creatively using various mediums which allows deeper exploration of hidden and covert areas of their lives they may have been unaware of and are impacting on them now. I am also trained as a bereavement counsellor.
CBT explores the way we perceive our experiences which then determines how we feel and act. How you think affects both your feelings and behaviour. I believe that CBT can offer a way out for many people who feel trapped and unable to stop destructive patterns of behaviour by challenging old thinking patterns and replacing them with healthier, alternative choices.
'What do Counsellors do'?
Counsellors aim to help you cope with feelings, issues, events, relationships, past hurts and present problems in a confidential safe and private space, this time and space is yours.
Finding the right counsellor is important, it's like any relationship, you need to feel safe, respected, listened to and encouraged to be yourself. I will not judge you or tell you what you should do.
'I don't know if I'm wasting the Counsellors time'
No two people are the same, individuals experiencing different events sets us apart from the next person so what we present in counselling is unique to us and should be recognised and valued. If it matters to you, then it matters to me.
'What can a Counsellor achieve that I can't get from talking to a close friend'?
Counsellors who have trained to a high level undergo long and challenging training to provide you with the skills required to heal. I will not judge, blame, critisize you or your behaviour and trusted never to repeat to anyone else what you say.
'What are the benefits of counselling'?
Some of the benefits of talking to me include:
- improving your sense of personal power and increased ability to make appropriate choices
- recognising and ending self-destructive patterns of behaviour which are no longer beneficial to you
- finding release from emotional and painful situations and gaining deeper understanding
- gaining more awareness of self and improving personal and professional relationships
- feeling more pleasure and energy.
My approach embraces sensitive listening, open exploration, respectful challenge and shared participation and engagement.
Some of the issues I help people with include:
Depression, low mood
Anxiety, stress, panic attacks
General Anxiety Disorder
SAD - Seasonal affective disorder
OCD [contamination, washing, hoarding, cleaning]
Post natal depression, birth trauma and fear
Unresolved childhood issues - child sexual abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse, neglect
Loss and bereavement
Relationship breakdown - divorce, separation
Gay and lesbian issues
Post traumatic stress disorder (combat, RTAs)
Fundamental to my approach is the belief that we all have the potential to change, develop and lead happier lives if we really want to, enabling greater freedom through self-exploration and self-responsibility.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - level 4
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - level 5
Certificate in Transactional Analysis - The Iron Mill Institute
The Cancer Support Certificate - Cruse Bereavement
Integrating CBT with other approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy
Writing Therapy workshop
Cruse Certificate in loss and bereavement
Domestic Violence level 4
Working with your clients anger
Penny Parks Inner Child Therapy
Trauma, Sexual Abuse and Disassociation Identity Disorder
Therapy in Broken Britain
Child Protection Awareness - level 4
Therapeutic ways of working with Rape and Trauma
Games People Play - Transactional Analysis
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
My fee is £30 for a one hour session where I work with individuals. I also offer telephone counselling.
Choosing the right counsellor is important, it's like any relationship, we need to feel safe, we need trust, to feel valued and heard without feeling criticized or blamed.
I will offer you a safe space to talk freely in confidence, I hope you will feel at ease with me.
"If you change the way you look at things - The things you look at change"
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available 8.30 - 7.00pm Monday to Friday including Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|