Linda Rose Fisher MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP
Even though I have been involved in this field for almost 20 years I remain aware that the general public still think of counselling as something mysterious. Counselling is a talking therapy. Working with a counsellor is an opportunity to benefit from having yourself heard by a professional trained in putting their own stuff to one side while focused on you and trained to put aside judgement during the session, in fact throughout your contracted period together. This skill is called active listening. We continue to develop this and our other skills through ‘continuing professional development’ and as a result of monthly supervision.
How it works
Once we have both respected each other with the appropriate regard (this can happen straight away or it can take a couple of weeks of working together) and we each feel we can be congruent within the relationship, then a therapeutic environment emerges in the room and this is where the therapy happens. Working within the therapeutic environment is what is known as the Person-Centred Approach first formulated by Carl Rogers in 1959. https://archive.org/stream/psychologyastudy017916mbp/psychologyastudy017916mbp_djvu.txt
From a neuro-biological point of view it is through interaction with others and the environment where significant learning happens and our brain has developed. Counselling offers you this interaction within the context of your session. The need for counselling services these days is great. Somehow the general mental health of our nations in the West is challenged more than ever. In fact the World Health Organisation have stated depression is a global epidemic. http://www.who.int/mental_health/action_plan_2013/en/
Coaching or Counselling?
The coaching I offer makes full use of the counselling skills I am trained in. I began the Personal Development Counselling Service early in 2012. Practice based evidence has shown me that there are clients who want more than greater understanding and self-knowledge. They are willing to make adjustments, minor, but nevertheless potent, to their attitude or mindset, to bring about change or move forward which is their real purpose in seeing a counsellor. Asking me to help you with this is more coaching than pure counselling and I am happy to offer this additional aspect of my service to you.
Counselling: Counselling experience can benefit you with healing and self-acceptance leading to self love; a reprieve from endless adversity which many clients have had to endure.
Paradox: Unlike the physical world where things and ideas follow rules – for example we have a decimal system based on our ten fingers – we see the planet spin at a steady speed, first night then day, all these things make sense, - It needs to be remembered that in the world of the mind, paradox exists and things do not always make sense in this same way.
That it makes sense in your own way is enough for your well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Supervision
Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy 2016
MA in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
University of Cumbria 2015
The Medicine Wheel
Elder in the Gitxsan Nation 2009
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
The Management of Advice and Guidance
CETAD University of Lancaster 2004
Diploma (Higher Ed) in Person-Centred Counselling
BACP Acreditted course
St. Martin's College (now UOC) 2001
BA(Hons) Visual Arts
University of Lancaster 1995
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists BACP
British Association of the Person Centred Approach BAPCA
My work is guided by the BACP Code of Ethics.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session up to 75 minute face-to-face (Yes - a single session has been known to help)
£32 per 1.5 hours session (low cost because I am newly qualified and would be grateful for further
£170. per ten sessions for trainee counsellors
Electronic payment or cheque in advance. Thank you.
Cancellation fee applicable (£10).
Since 2001 my experience has been with PTSD, neurodiversity, dyslexia and Asperger spectrum, anxiety, overwhelming sadness, body image issues, issues arising in meditation and creativity, including creative block. In Vancouver, as well as here in Lancaster, I worked with addiction. Workplace issues and work/life balance are areas I have additional qualifications and experience in.
I have been based in Lancaster since 1990. I am an artist and painted large canvases in oils when I had a studio. My current project involves photography and writing. What one does when there is no studio :)
I left Lancaster in 2006 in order to care for my mother who was declining with dementia. I worked in an area of Vancouver called the downtown eastside, a part of the city where there were 5,000 homeless people. It was here that I went to a lecture by Gabor Mate which gave me a greater insight into addiction. My co-workers and I facilitated workshops on recognising abuse, anger management and self care to name a few. Half of my clients called themselves urban natives being First Nation people arriving from reservations in the north and Alberta. I was struck by the value of kinship in the human family and kinship with the animal family and respect for the elements. I am grateful for the learning and understanding from my two-spirit First Nation clients. I have been able to bring that learning to the transgender people I have worked with here.
I returned to Lancaster in 2011.
Now I am interested in Brain Neuroplasticity and can offer work in this area one to one or to a group of participants.
My meditation practice spans over 4 decades. If I can share any of my learning journey with you do not hesitate to ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays/Wednesdays day and evening Saturdays daytime
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|