Geraldine Linley

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Registered MBACP (Accred)
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Sidmouth, Devon, EX10
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About me


Thank you for stopping to read about my therapy practice.

I became a registered, Accredited Member of the BACP in 2016.

I have specialised in (childhood) sexual abuse counselling for long over a decade now.

I find that my integrative model of counselling (person-centred, Transactional Analysis and Inner-Child therapy; but flexible to your needs) works well, as so many survivors are searching for empowerment and autonomy: freedoms that they have been denied.

I am also experienced in specialist alcohol counselling, play therapy and generic counselling.

I am based in Sidmouth, Devon and we can meet face to face at Essential Therapies (on the High Street); alternatively there is Zoom, telephone or even walk/talk if you would prefer.

Feel free to leave me a voicemail or send me a message via this page to arrange an initial (£free) conversation.

You will be greeted with empathy and kindness in a space free from judgement.

I am ready to hear you; to help you feel whole again.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Drama & Movement Therapy - The Sesame Institute, 2005
  • The Place2Be Introductory Training Programme - The Place2Be, 2007
  • Attachment & Loss - The Place2Be, 2007
  • Alcohol Awareness - Phoenix Futures, 2007
  • Group Work - Phoenix Futures, 2007
  • Effective Practice when Working with Survivors of CSA - Family Matters, 2007
  • Bromley Mentoring Initiative - The London Borough of Bromley, 2007
  • Foundation Degree Science in Integrative Counselling (with Commendation) - University of Greenwich, 2008
  • Working with Metaphor - The Place2Be, 2008
  • Making Endings with Children - The Place2Be, 2008
  • Drug Awareness - Phoenix Futures, 2008
  • Mental Health & Dual Diagnosis - Phoenix Futures, 2008
  • Suicide & Suicidal Ideation - Birkbeck College, 2008
  • Working with Shame - Birkbeck College, 2008
  • Working with Rape - Birkbeck College, 2008
  • Self Harm & Self Injury - Birkbeck College, 2008
  • Existential Psychotherapy in Practice - Mind, 2008
  • Facilitating Groups for People with Addiction Problems - Phoenix Futures, 2009
  • Safeguarding Children & Child Protection - Christiane Sanderson, 2009
  • Trauma, Loss and Mourning - Birkbeck College, 2009
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Clinical Practice - Birkbeck College, 2009
  • The Role of CBT in Working with Trauma - Birkbeck College, 2009
  • CBT - University of Greenwich, Dr Adrian Hemmings, 2009
  • Self Care & Secondary Traumatic Stress - Christiane Sanderson, 2010
  • The Role of the Body in Therapy - Christiane Sanderson, 2010
  • Trauma, Substance Misuse & Addiction - Christiane Sanderson, 2010
  • The Role of Deception in Interpersonal Trauma - Christiane Sanderson, 2010
  • Abuse & Abuser Profiles - Christiane Sanderson, 2011
  • Attachment & the Therapeutic Relationship - Christiane Sanderson, 2011
  • Domestic Abuse - Christiane Sanderson, 2011
  • The Role of Boundaries in Counselling - Christiane Sanderson, 2011
  • Working with Suicide & Suicidal Ideation - Christiane Sanderson, 2011
  • Working with Borderline Personality Disorder - Christiane Sanderson, 2011
  • Shame in the Room - Christiane Sanderson, 2013
  • Working with Internal Protectors & Saboteurs - Christiane Sanderson, 2014
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults - North Kent Training Service, 2014
  • Working with Complex Families - Bernard Harrison, 2014-2015
  • The Personal Safety of Therapists - Sally Despenser, 2015
  • Bereavement Complicated by Abuse - St Christopher’s Hospice, 2015
  • The Body Speaks - Nicole Proia, 2016
  • The Trauma Counsellor’s Toolbox - Christiane Sanderson, 2016
  • Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique - Carlotta Raby, 2017
  • The Body Keeps Score - Christiane Sanderson, 2017
  • Healing from Complex Trauma - Christiane Sanderson & Trefor Bevan, 2017
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults & Children - Social Enterprise Kent, 2017
  • Play therapy: Working with Sandtray - Diane Youdale, 2017
  • Play therapy: Working with Puppets - Diane Youdale, 2017
  • The Therapeutic Use of the Arts - Lesley Finney, 2018
  • Games in the Therapy Room - Mark Head, 2018
  • Working with Adults whose Inner Child is Wounded - Catherine O’Riordan, 2018
  • Integral Eye Movement Therapy - Andrew T. Austin, 2018
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults & Children - Social Enterprise Kent, 2018
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice - Carolyn Spring, 2019
  • Working with Shame - Carolyn Spring, 2019
  • TA101 - The Link Centre, 2019
  • Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma - Carolyn Spring, 2019

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions from £60.00 for face to face appointments.

Sidmouth, Devon, EX10

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Geraldine Linley
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