Linda Kay MBACP (Snr. Accred)
Life can be difficult and sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to who is not a friend or relative. Sometimes you know what the problem is - it could be unemployment, bereavement or relationship difficulties. You may be feeling sad, angry, confused, guilty, anxious or fearful. Often difficult feelings have their roots in the past, particularly if there has been abuse. Perhaps you are suffering from panic attacks, insomnia, addiction or eating problems. Sometimes you can't put your finger on what the problem is - you just feel troubled, low or anxious and unable to function well on a day-to-day basis.
I offer a safe, confidential space in which you can talk about whatever is troubling you. I will listen to what you have to say and support you to find your own solutions. I will never judge or criticise you or put you under pressure to do or feel anything. I will not give you advice but by asking the right questions I will help you to understand yourself better so that you feel more able to take control of your life.
Understanding the reasons why you feel depressed, anxious, angry, guilty or confused can help you to develop ways of coping with these feelings in the future. It can also help you to recognise and change unhelpful patterns in your thinking and behaviour. You may learn to be more assertive in your relationships and you may develop better self-esteem. Often it is only when we talk to someone unconnected with our lives that we begin to hear what we are really saying and feeling.
Just being able to talk completely honestly about how you feel and to be heard can be tremendously healing. Talking about aspects of yourself that you find shameful or unacceptable and knowing that you are accepted without judgement can help you be more accepting of yourself.
I work in a comfortable, quiet room in a central location about 5 minutes walk from Glastonbury town centre. Off-street parking is available.
At our initial session, which is free, you will have the opportunity to talk about what is troubling you and how you think counselling might help. If we both feel that counselling is the right choice for you, we will arrange further sessions.
Counselling sessions normally last 1 hour and usually take place on a weekly basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
Post graduate diploma in Counselling (1999)
Brief Work for Person-Centred Practitioners (2000)
CBT The Basics (2008)
A Cognitive Behavioural Approach for Depression (2008)
CBT for Anxiety Disorders (2008)
A Cognitive Behavioural Approach for Low Self-Esteem
Various NHS Study Days including: working with anger, eating disorders, suicide, sexual abuse, childhood bereavement, self-harm
I have over 20 years experience as a counsellor. I spent 3 years as a volunteer with Turning Point, a national charity, supporting drug and alcohol users and their friends/families; I worked for 10 years as a practice counsellor in 2 GP surgeries; and for 6 years I was employed as a school counsellor working with 11-16 year old students. I am also a qualified teacher and have worked in both Secondary and Further Education. I have a small private practice working with individuals, couples and young people.
I am an adopter and worked for some years as a trainer for Adoption UK running courses for adoptive parents on therapeutic parenting skills.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am an adopter and worked for some years as a trainer for Adoption UK delivering training to adoptive parents on therapeutic parenting. I am very interested in the subject of attachment difficulties and early trauma and their effects on the development of adopted and fostered children.
Individuals: £ 40 per hour
Couples: £ 50 per hour
Some concessions available for students, those on benefits or low wages
Free initial session of up to 1 hour