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Amy Linighan, Dip. Couns, MBACP

Hartlepool, Durham, TS24
07930190263 07930190263

About me

What do I offer?

I offer confidential, ethical and non-judgemental Counselling 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. Sessions can be delivered face to face, by telephone or online, whichever you feel most comfortable doing.

I work with clients on a one to one basis and sessions are usually held weekly or fortnightly. However, you may only wish to have one session and you are under obligation to continue therapy sessions.

What will be expected of you?

Before therapy commences I will ask you to complete a client contact form which gives important information about the counselling process. Sessions last 50 minutes to an hour and allow an opportunity for you to talk freely about what 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 beside you and listen.

What are my expertise?

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. My work has focused mainly on 11-18 year olds. I currently work with teenagers and adolescents in local schools and colleges. I have recent experience of counselling young people via GP referral, in a local NHS, Health Care Centre.

I have substantial experience of working with adults struggling with grief and loss and have offered therapy to clients within a local hospice as part of the Bereavement Counselling Service. I also have lot of personal experience in this area which has heightened my sense of empathy for clients who find themselves in similar circumstances.

Additionally, I have offered treatment, as part of a stepped care model, to Adults suffering with anxiety and depression, within an NHS, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service. Anxiety and Depression can be linked to so many different life experiences, therefore I am open to hearing what may have triggered these symptoms for you.

Next Step?

I hope I have answered any questions you may have in my profile. Please feel free to contact me by phone or by email to arrange a therapy session or with any other enquiries that you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • ACTO Online and Telephone Counselling (ongoing)
  • Infant Loss Awareness (ongoing)
  • Developmental Trauma (ongoing)
  • Certificate in Child Centred Play Therapy
  • Autism Awareness Training
  • Virtual College Safeguarding
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3
  • Understanding Trauma and Attachment in Young People
  • Personality Disorders
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Stress and Workplace Bullying
  • Mental Health Training
  • Bereavement Counselling with Adults
  • Supporting Children Experiencing Grief and Loss
  • Information Governance
  • Risk Training
  • Equality and Diversity

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Whether you are seeking therapeutic support for the first time or you have received a diagnosis and have been recommended Counselling as a form of treatment by your GP, I would discuss your reasons for contacting me at your initial session.

If I felt that you required the expertise of another practitioner of alternative form of treatment, then I would be congruent about this from the outset. I work by the BACP Ethical Framework and I am aware of my own professional limitations which I would not work outside of.

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

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


£35 per session

£25 per session (consessions)

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

  • BACP Registered Membership
  • Indemnity Insurance
  • ICO Registration
  • Enhanced DBS


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


I am flexible with availability, so feel free to discuss which time will be best for you.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Amy Linighan, Dip. Couns, MBACP

Amy Linighan, Dip. Couns, MBACP