Linda Jones-Hargreaves Dip Couns. MBACP, Pg cert Supervision
** During Covid-19 counselling sessions are still available via Zoom & Walk & Talk Therapy **
Hello I'm Linda, I've been practising as a counsellor in Greater Manchester for over 16 years. I have worked in both Private Practice and within the NHS helping people with a wide range of issues from bereavement & loss to trauma, anxiety and depression.
I work as a Person Centred Counsellor. Person Centred Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ which is client led, as the counsellor believes that the expert on the client and their experience is the client themselves. I aim to create an authentic ‘therapeutic relationship’ to enable you to feel understood, heard, accepted and valued. The ‘therapeutic relationship’ allows you to explore your difficulties and find ways to move forward within your life.
My approach is holistic; our bodies can hold onto our life experiences as much as our mind, so I work with the whole person paying attention to the physical effects of distress as much as the emotional.
I offer one to one counselling sessions to adults and young adults (16-18) who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives. There are many reasons why people come into counselling you may be experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem or simply do not feel like you're functioning like you used to. I aim to give you a safe space look at your past or current situation to understand how this may be affecting you.
Counselling can be either long term or short term, weekly sessions last for 50 minutes and take place in my counselling room in New Moston.
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP). Being a registered member means I meet the BACP's standards for safe and ethical practice.
Finding the right counsellor for you is important, there are lots of different counsellors to chose from who offer many different approaches. Before we engage in any therapeutic work I offer an initial meeting with no obligation to work with me. There is a fee of £20 for a face to face meeting or a free telephone Meeting. During the meeting we will discuss why you want to come into counselling, any goals or aims you may have for counselling and the boundaries of our work together. If you would like to book an inital meeting or have any questions about coming into counselling please feel free to contact me.
Zoom Video Sessions
Video counselling sessions are a great way to engage in counselling especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic. You can have counselling from the comfort of your own home and are not limited to your choice of counsellor by location.
All counselling sessions are fully encrypted on Zoom meaning our meetings are safe and secure online. All you will need is a device to download the Zoom software on to, this can be a smartphone, tablet or PC. and a private space where you won't be disturbed.
Walk & Talk Therapy
Walk & talk therapy simply means taking the counselling room outdoors. The act of walking and talking has lots of benefits, both to the process of counselling and for your general health and well-being.
Walk & talk sessions also mean we can have in-person sessions that can be Covid-19 safe as we are in the open air and are able to social distance.
Its usual to engage in a combination of Zoom & Walk & Talk sessions, first counselling sessions will always be over Zoom with the option to take our work outdoors.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in counselling skills - 2000
- Diploma in bereavement skills - 2000
- Advanced Diploma in counselling - 2002
- Certificate in CBT - 2010
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Msc) Salford University - 2011
- Certificate in Mindfulness level 1 & 2 - 2014
- Rewind Trauma Therapy - 2020
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial meeting free telephone meeting
£40 per 50 minute session
I offer a limited number of concessionary appointments for people on low income who may otherwise be unable to afford regular counselling. Contact me for more information
Counselling Supervision £40 per hour or £30 per hour for students