Katie Linden MBACP (Accred)
I am an Accredited and Registered Member of the BACP in practice in Newcastle upon Tyne/Benton.
Many people have periods during their lives when they feel distressed, overwhelmed, unhappy or anxious. Sometimes this passes quickly or can be overcome with support from friends or family, but at other times it can be helpful to talk things through with someone. Counselling is a regular time when you can speak about whatever you want – your life, health, relationships, past trauma or losses – and to have someone give you their full attention. Or you might come to counselling because you feel vaguely unhappy, or lost, or dissatisfied, but can’t put a finger on why. Counselling can be an exploration of your life, patterns you see in it, and how you came to be who and where you are.
Equally, many people come to counselling with a specific problem. Counselling can be helpful for people struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, addictions and a whole host of other psychological and social issues. I have done a lot of work around eating disorders and self harm, and often use an approach called Motivational Interviewing in this area. This approach helps people to define and draw on their own motivation and personal strength, to make the changes they feel are important in their lives. This can entail exploring feelings around change, what might be good/difficult about change, and what life might look like in a few years’ time if things do/do not change.
I welcome and aim to practice in an affirmative way with clients who identify as gender or sexually diverse, including but not limited to people who identify as one or more of binary or non-binary trans, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, and poly. I can work either short term or open ended.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began training as a counsellor in 2009 and finished my professional qualification in summer 2013, but I’ve been volunteering in the area of eating disorders for over a decade. Between 2010-2015 I was (variously) a trustee, general campaigner, public speaker and counsellor for NIWE Eating Distress Service, a small charity local to Newcastle. I think my favourite non-counselling role with them has been going into local schools and colleges to speak about eating disorders to staff and students. I have also been involved in setting up a group for people in recovery, and working with parents and carers of children with eating disorders.
Alongside this I really enjoy working with young people, and my second placement during my counselling training was at a local high school. I worked a lot with students struggling with self harm, bullying and abuse, anxiety and depression.
I am hugely enthusiastic about education and training. After qualifying in summer 2013, I graduated from a course designed to 'top-up' my foundation degree to a full Bachelor of Arts degree in summer 2014, and have subsequently gone on to postgraduate study, which has largely focused on research into autism spectrum conditions. I am currently working towards a PhD focusing on the impact of interpersonal trauma on autistic people, which I began in September 2018.
2017: MRes Psychology with Distinction - Northumbria University
2016: MSc Psychology with Distinction - Northumbria University
2014: BA (Hons) Counselling with First Class Honours - University of Sunderland
2013: Foundation Degree in Counselling with Commendation - University of Sunderland
2011: Level 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory - NCFE
2006: University Certificate in Rehabilitation Studies - Bournemouth University
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Disordered eating, eating distress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Sessions are £45 for 60 minutes. I do occasionally have concessionary places - these are currently all full, but do feel free to check with me.
I have two particular areas of experience. The first is in eating disorders, as I have worked extensively with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorders not otherwise specified (including orthorexia), binge eating, and disordered eating. The other focus is around chronic health conditions, disabilities, and neurodiversity, and I have particular experience of working with autistic people. I work from the social model of disability.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-7.30pm.
Types of client