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Amy Linighan (MBACP) Therapeutic Counsellor (Dip. Couns)

Hartlepool, Durham, TS24
07930190263 07930190263

About me

What do I offer?

I am a down to earth, Person-Centred counsellor offering confidential, ethical and non-judgemental talking therapy to adults and young people.

I am happy to discuss any issues at all that may be on your mind.

You can contact me in confidence to arrange a no obligation session for yourself or a young person.

I am a qualified telephone and online counsellor, which gives you the option of covid-safe therapy, from wherever you feel is the most comfortable place to talk.

*At the moment, face to face counselling is only carried out with vulnerable clients, in- line with strict covid-19 safety measures and where all other forms of remote therapy are considered unsuitable.

What will be expected of you?

Before therapy begins I will ask you to read and complete a counselling agreement and privacy statement, which gives important information about the counselling process and how I store your information.

You will be invited to arrange an initial session. In this session you are able to decide if the I am the right therapist for you and if Person-Centred counselling is a suitable style of therapy for your needs.

Sessions last 50 minutes and allow an opportunity for you to talk freely about whatever is on your mind.

There are no rights or wrongs with what to talk about in counselling.  All of your thoughts and feelings are valid and worthy of being heard. I am here to sit with you and listen.

Whether you are seeking therapeutic support for the first time, have been recommended counselling as treatment by your GP,  or you are revisiting a previous issue from the past, whatever the reason, I would discuss this with you at your initial session.

If I felt that you required the expertise of another practitioner or an alternative form of treatment, then I would be honest about this from the outset. I adhere to the standards of the BACP Ethical Framework and I am aware of my own professional limitations.

As a client, you have the autonomy to choose which practitioner, type of therapy, method of delivery, location, time of day, that feels most beneficial to you.

You always have the option to review the service you receive and assess if it is adequately supporting your therapeutic needs.

"As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves."

-Carl Rogers

What are my expertise?

Children and Young People (Aged 11+)

I have worked with young people for many years, in a number of settings and have a tremendous amount of empathy for issues they face. I currently work with secondary school pupils and college and university students.

  • Client presentations I have worked with:

Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, Relationships, Bullying, Bereavement, Life Changes, Parental Separation, Panic Attacks, Health Related Issues, ADHD, Autism, Anger, Sleep problems, Confidence, Body Image, Gender Identity, OCD, Self Harm, Suicidal Thoughts, Young Carers, Behaviour, Attachments, Adoption, Trauma, PTSD.

  • How I supported my clients:

Talking Therapy, Psycho-education, Creative Resources, Play Therapy, Guidance and Information.

Adults (Aged 18+)

I have substantial experience of working with adults struggling with grief, loss and life transitions. I have a lot of personal experiences in these areas, which have heightened my sense of empathy for clients, who find themselves in similar circumstances.

  • Client presentations I have worked with:

Anger, Overwhelm, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Self Esteem, Confidence, Bereavement, Loss/Change, Health Issues, Loneliness, Panic Attacks, Body Image, BPD, Sexual Harassment, Marital Issues, Divorce, Trauma, PTSD, Sleep Problems.

  • How I supported my clients:

Talking Therapy, Psycho-education, Creative Resources, Guidance and Information.

Standard of Care

I want to offer my clients the highest standard of care and ensure them that I have an up to date awareness of mental health issues and an understanding of how to work therapeutically, with these presentations.

How I maintain high standards:

  • Professional Memberships (BACP)
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • DBS Update Service
  • ICO Registration
  • Supervision
  • Peer Support
  • Networking
  • Training/CPD
  • Self Care

Settings

I have worked with individual clients who have experienced a variety of mild to moderate mental health presentations. I have offered counselling within a wide range settings that were appropriate for the needs of the individual.

Settings I have offered counselling from:

  • Hospice Counselling Service
  • Schools, Colleges and Children’s Centres
  • NHS Primary Care- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
  • NHS Health Care Centre -GP Referral
  • Home -Telephone/Online Counselling
  • Community Centre- Women's Mental Health Charity

Next Step?

I hope I have answered any questions you may have in my profile.

Please feel free to contact me to arrange an initial therapy session or with any other enquiries that you may have.

I am here to listen.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • BA (Hons) English Studies

Training/CPD

  • Counselling Tutor- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO)
  • Foundation of Infant Loss- Pregnancy and Infant Loss and Subsequent Pregnancies After Loss (ongoing)
  • Beacon House- Developmental Trauma (ongoing)
  • OTA-Certificate in Child Centred Play Therapy
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3
  • ABC Counselling-Self Harm and Suicide Awareness
  • ABC Counselling -Understanding Trauma and Attachment in Young People
  • Psychotherapy Training - Personality Disorders
  • Psychotherapy Training- Trauma and Abuse
  • Psychotherapy Training -Stress and Workplace Bullying
  • Alice House Hospice -Supporting Children Experiencing Grief and Loss
  • Alliance Psychological Services -Autism Awareness Training

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

Fees

Individual Counselling £35 per session (50 minutes)

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

I am flexible with appointment times.

I am happy to try and accommodate your availability where possible.

Further information

Therapeutic Outcomes

Everyone comes to counselling with a different purpose. There is no ‘one size fits all’ outcome. The hope is that working together therapeutically, will help to ground and calm you, whilst allowing you to see things with more clarity and encourage deeper insight into yourself.

It may help you to acknowledge ways to improve your wellbeing, identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours or hold you steady whilst you are experiencing something difficult or painful.

Every individual will experience a varied therapeutic outcome, based on their starting point of entering into therapy and their own personal evaluation of its benefits, upon its completion.

The overall aim is to help you to achieve more autonomy within your own life and improve your capacity to live well.

It is also important to consider that the door to therapy is always open, should you ever wish to return, perhaps to revisit a recurring issue or explore something new.

Client Testimonials

"I want to say thanks for helping me with my anger issues. The discussions and coping mechanisms really helped and I am now so much calmer when dealing with things now.

Thanks again."

...

"You’ve made me feel better as a parent also that she can trust your confidentiality but you’d let me know if there was a crisis risk."

Hartlepool
Durham
TS24

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Amy Linighan (MBACP) Therapeutic Counsellor (Dip. Couns)

Amy Linighan (MBACP) Therapeutic Counsellor (Dip. Couns)