Linn Martinsen Dip. Couns. MBACP
Lower Downs Road
I am an experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor offering couples and individuals a peaceful and supportive environment to gently explore difficult feelings and issues.
Is counselling for me?
People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons. These may be depression, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, sex related issues, post natal depression, trauma, cultural issues and many more.
The important thing to remember is that absolutely anyone is welcome to try counselling.
How I work
What drives us to do and feel the things we do? What are the things that stop us?
The answers to these questions may come to us over time with the support of friends and family, and we manage the ups and downs that life holds in store for us without loosing our footing for too long.
But sometimes we may need a little more. Family and friends may not understand exactly what you're going through. You may be struggling yourself with understanding where these feelings are coming from
Any issues you bring to our sessions are welcomed into the space with an open mind and a desire to support you with warmth and understanding.
If you come to me with problems you perhaps feel shameful or embarrassed about, you may fear I will meet you with rejection or even indifference.
I have extensive experience in working with porn addiction and other sex related issues and I am very aware of the difficulty in opening up about issues you may experience as shameful.
My role is to provide you with a safe, non judgemental and supportive environment where you can bring these difficult feelings and issues, and together, when you are ready, we can explore what they mean to you to and how you can best move forward.
As a couples counsellor I am trained and experienced in helping couples find a deeper understanding of each other and their relationship. The dysfunctional dynamics of a relationship are often driven by each individuals past experiences, and many are not aware how these issues may have an impact on their relationship today.
Especially when starting a family issues or communication problems that were not too prevalent or difficult to resolve before children arrived may seem difficult to overcome with the changing dynamics a child/children bring to the relationship. Exploring this new dynamic and looking at how you both experience parenthood, particularly through the lens of your own upbringing, and also this new place you find yourself in in the relationship can be very healing.
One fear many couples carry with them into the room is that I will 'take sides' and try to impress change upon one part more than the other. My role as a couples counsellor is to offer my support to both parties, and the main client is the relationship.
Seeing a counsellor as a couple can help you find new ways to not only listen to each other and share your thoughts, but also find out more about yourselves in the presence of the other. This journey of shared discovery can be a powerful tool to strengthen the foundations of your relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to a BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Central Sussex College, I also hold a Certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Centre in London and have specialised training as a couples counsellor from Time2relate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Individuals £50 (50 min)
Couples £65 (60 min)
My practice is in a peaceful, green setting which is both private and secure
There are no parking restrictions in the lower part of Lower Downs Road and in Burstow Road.
Wimbledon Station is approximately 15 - 20 min walk away (1 mile).
Raynes Park station is approximately 10 - 12 min walk away (0.6 miles).
Bus no 163 from Wimbledon/Raynes Park stops at the junction of Kingston Road and Lower Downs Road.
Bus no 57 and 131 from Wimbledon/Raynes Park stops at the junction of Worple Road and Lower Downs Road.
In addition to English I offer counselling in Norwegian.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client