Linda Henderson - Blackheath Counselling Service
Blackheath Counselling Service is the service I provide as Linda Henderson. I am a BACP accredited Holistic and Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist. I can work with different models to suit each client's needs. I am available 5 days a week and I provide concessionary fees for those clients that have difficulty paying the full fee. During lock down I provide online and telephone counselling. I provide a confidential, comfortable setting for my clients to feel at ease is part of my service.
The first session is for you to assess how you feel about the counselling process. You are not obliged to commit yourself to any session other than the one you have booked.
Some of the areas of therapy I work with:
- social anxiety
- relationship problems
- low self-esteem
- psycho physical disorders
- couple counselling
CBT, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalysis, Depth Psychology, Person-Centred, Gestalt
I can use different models for different clients. CBT is one of the most popular models used by the NHS that many clients want to work with. It can help in changing negative behavioural patterns into positive behaviours. With gentle and sensitive exploration the obstacles and fears around change are brought to consciousness. Creating a relationship of empathy and trust the client can feel confident to share their fears and concerns with me.
Dealing with Unfinished Business - Needing Closure
Gestalt techniques I have found very helpful especially in dealing with bereavement and unsatisfactory endings in relationships. Writing a letter to the other, even if the other is not alive, can help complete and close a cycle which is painful allowing a new life cycle to begin.
Healing our whole self - A Holistic Approach to Counselling
As an Alexander Technique Teacher and Yoga teacher I am aware of the need to help align and balance the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Listening deeply to my client's concerns within the context of their story helps re-align and focus my client in their journey towards living their reality.
Exploring our childhood patterns - returning to the root of our sense of self
In building a foundation for the counselling relationship, I create a bedrock of trust, empathy and respect for my client to enable them to return to their childhood. It is often a painful process but an illuminating one to return to where our conditioning started from - our parents. Creating a safe and non-judgmental container for my client allows them to be vulnerable and disclose what may be sensitive and painful experiences from the past. Showing respect and empathy for my client can gradually help them make that journey and slowly dismantle the story they have built like a wall around themselves to protect them from knowing their true self and living that true self in the world.
Healing our Inner Child
Returning to childhood is an important step in the resolving and healing process. It is not unusual for my client to emerge from this exploration with fresh insights and an understanding not just of how they lost touch with their true nature in their childhood but finding they can bring with them from the inheritance of their past, a sense of self, values and beliefs they thought they had lost.
The present can be filled with a sense of their real nature. Past inherited negative and self-destructive thinking patterns can be dismantled and a rekindling of compassion and kindness towards oneself and others can develop.
Going Deeper into our wounds and the mystery of our being - Depth Psychology
Those clients that bring long-standing deep issues require exploration in psychological depth. Here Depth Psychology in a particular way can help unravel the complex web of emotional and psychological patterns and conflicts that originated from our family background. To become who we truly are - to emerge from our family background and find ourselves is what Carl Jung called 'the path of individuation'.
Becoming an individual - Discovering our true Self
To live as an individual freely expressing yourself from your own locus of integrity and evaluation is how most of us want to live. The role of the psychotherapist is to help you begin that journey to 'individuation'. Questioning and challenging our values, beliefs and prejudices is a necessary process towards 'individuation'. What are our ideals, philosophy, principles, values, beliefs and our prejudices? What do we truly think and feel about ourselves, others and life? What belongs to us and expresses our true nature and what have we inherited? Men and women both have different challenges to meet to become themselves. Rather like the mythic trials of the hero and heroine life will at some time confront us with the struggles we need to become an individual, to extricate ourselves from what Jung called the 'Collective Unconscious' - the unthinking mass man/woman. We are here I believe to be our unique Self - to contribute our own original perspective to society.
What can obstruct us from being ourselves - the 'shadow'
Carl Jung often called the unconscious our 'shadow'. He saw the shadow as that which is unknown to us, unconscious and where nearly all our potentiality lies. He said that 75% of our psyche is in the shadow and we don't live it out because of 'what will they neighbours say!' It sounds incredible but more often or not it is true.
Because we don't know what is in our shadow we project it on to others. Often it is unseen negative qualities we don't like about ourselves. Taking back these projections is perhaps one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of therapy. As friendships can then be repaired, renewed and mature.
Not all our shadow is negative there are also many positive traits which you may have yet to discover - that friend or other you envy who possesses a wonderful quality that you already have but don't know it. When you can take back your shadow projections and own them, a big transformation takes place. Together with the counsellor this work is possible, slowly and sensitively. The difficult partner becomes not so difficult and the boss at work is no longer a tyrant. Finding a compassionate and forgiving attitude towards yourself softens the ego and draws those estranged friends and loved ones closer to a more mature trusting and loving relationship.
Living your Story
When you take back your shadow projections you begin to live your story. When you are not trying to meet another's needs, but listening to your own, you are living your story. I hope I can help my client discover what Jung called the hidden story that crashed you upon the rocks. To live from a place that is Real within you is liberating. You can live looking out from your eyes rather than the eyes of the past hurt child. Relationships become more honest and as a consequence wounds are healed. The honesty, trust and respect fostered in the therapeutic relationship can help form the blueprint for other relationships. Learning a deeper listening we can relate and respect our partners in rebuilding difficult relationships.
Using Creativity for Deeper Exploration
I encourage insight into my client's inner life, the hidden life, through different creative mediums. If you wish to explore within the context of your life, drawing, writing, poetry, dance or play or just start keeping a dream journal then this will be supported by me. There are many ways in which you can connect to your instinctual nature and it's inherent gifts and feel more fully alive. Playing spontaneously, allowing humour and poetry to come into your everyday life brings a new energy that creates a lightness and a more simple way of being.
Another way of exploring creativity
Dreams. images and metaphors are often helpful in finding a language to dip deeper into the creative imagination. Not all clients dream, but invariably when a client is asked do you dream and the response is no, the following week - lo and behold a dream appears. The dream gives access to a deeper strata of the unconscious psyche and is helpful in connecting us back to our story. A dream journal is helpful recording dreams.
The imaginal world - as that of a child - can be a wonderful place to discover your gifts. Together we can explore the field of your perhaps untapped imagination what has been left and forgotten there waiting for you to claim and live it.
Remember that no problem is too small or too big that it cannot be shared. We are not uniquely alone or separate in our problems, every living being has at some time experienced the same problem - as to whether it is resolved depends on whether we can share it with another who is willing to listen.
My therapeutic aim above all is to help you live out who you truly are.
Training, qualifications & experience
Linda Henderson is an experienced, qualified and accredited member of the BACP and Members of the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling.
Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic CSCT). Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic AQA). Members of the Society of Teachers for the Alexander Technique (MSTAT).
Trained as an Integrative psychotherapist/counsellor I work sensitively with a variety of models to suit my clients. I provide a comfortable safe and confidential space for my clients. I work with different models to suit my client.
My training spans over a period of 20 years.
I have had counselling experience in the NHS as well as many years in private practise.
Qualified in Humanistic therapy - Person-Centred - CBT - Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy - Gestalt - Transpersonal.
Spiritual Care at RIGPA (Buddhist Foundation) - Bereavement Counselling (Eleanor Foundation) - Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Sex Abuse (Family Matters) - Couple Counselling - Stress Management (Alexander Technique) - Jungian Dreamwork (Jungian Dream Group) Yoga and Meditation (Yoga and Meditation Teacher)
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My client work also concerns working with highly sensitive people (HSP). If this is seen as a problem by the client. My approach is to reflect the importance of my client's feeling values and unique contribution they have to offer in all areas of life. Confidence can grow in deeply appreciating, respecting and expressing one's core values and beliefs: self confidence and self esteem is restored in difficult and tense situations, engendering an improved quality of relationship to oneself and the other.
Individual Counselling £50 for the 'therapeutic hour'
Couple Counselling £60 for the 'therapeutic hour'
Supervision £50 for the 'therapeutic hour'
I offer a reduced fee for those clients who are eligible for the concessionary rate - full-time students, low income and unemployed.
Concessions offered for
Never feel that your problem is too small or too unimportant to bring to counselling.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact me. I am 5 mins. walk from Westcombe Park Station and local transport. There is 2 hour free parking in the area.