Linda Allen MBACP registered.BSc in Systemic Therapy
MBACP registered therapist;BSC(hon) in Systemic Therapy.
Clinical Supervision , also offering remote sessions online and telephone sessions during social distancing guidelines.
Hi, I'm Linda.. Thank you for taking the time to look through my profile...now that you are here, please read on and see if you recognise things that are affecting your life. I offer one to one counselling in a confidential setting, face to face and by telephone . Full list of prices and address listed below.
During this most unusual , frightening time with Covid19 impacting on every-ones lives, it is vital that counselling remains available for those in need; the benefits of on-line/ telephone counselling should be considered i.e.- client safety, no travel time, keeping safe, free 15 minute trial available.
Did you know ,more men are seeking counselling than ever, thanks to current media coverage, so if you need to speak in confidence with someone, why not call or email now ?
Anxiety or depression ?... do you understand how they differ ?
What is Anxiety ?... caring too much about everything.
What is depression... not caring about anything....
both can be traumatic, together they bring great distress.
Does anxiety stop you living the life you want to lead ?Anxiety can have a debilitating affect on daily life, often presenting with physical sensations such as chest pain, palpitations, shallow breathing, pins and needles , nausea, shaking , sweating etc...this may result in feeling concern with your physical health...it's a vicious circle. Continuous daily anxiety often brings about depression, as it lowers mood and confidence
Through counselling you can learn techniques on how to manage your anxiety.
Working together …...Relationship counselling
Clear and open Communication is key in all relationships.
Counselling allows clients to have difficult conversations in a private and respectful one-to one setting. without the blame game !
Do you feel that you just don't talk any more? the longer it goes on, the more of a habit it becomes.! this might affect personal relationships with friends and family, do the rows go on and on, repeating the same patterns over and over, do you feel you are walking on eggshells.....its so draining isn't it?
Relationship difficulties are often caused through lack of clear communication: it is vital in any relationship to feel listened to, understood and valued, counselling helps you to have the conversations you need to have, enabling you to get your message across without blame and confrontation.
Counselling can bring positive changes through exploring issues relating to conflict and exploring new more helpful patterns of behaviour .We often do not recognise that we see things differently to others, we expect others to understand how we feel and second guess what we feel others are thinking. Counselling helps clarify distorted thinking and helps clients find new answers to old problems.
Lets talk about what to expect and what counselling provides..
Counselling is about finding an answer that works for you.
Whatever your age or problems you might encounter, talking to someone in confidence who is not making judgements, listening to you and valuing your views, without giving you advice can help you understand what is stopping you from enjoying life.it can help you look at what's going on from a different perspective
Coming to counselling for the first time may seem a daunting experience, it is a big step to take, it means you are ready to make changes or gain a new understanding of your issues, whatever they might be.
My aim is to create a genuine, warm, trusting and non-judgemental relationship which enables you to find solutions to whatever difficulties you are experiencing.
I provide a flexible approach and offer an empathic, down to earth , experience, in a safe, confidential environment.
There are times when we are faced with difficult situations, leaving us feeling confused, anxious, angry, depressed, unable to move forward.
Counselling is a collaborative process between the client and counsellor, which helps to identify how our thoughts affects our behaviour , to recognise how we get stuck in destructive patterns of behaviour that are harmful in our relationships ,It’s about making informed choices, and recognising our own strengths and the ability to find solutions by through working issues together.
Woman experiencing menopausal symptoms can also suffer with loss of confidence, erratic changes in mood and depression. Through talking with an experienced counsellor, you may gain a better understanding of how and why these changes affect you and learn to manage symptoms more effectively.
I work with many different areas of counselling though have a specific interest in relationship counselling . I also work with general anxiety disorder , depression, anger management ,social anxiety, panic disorder low self esteem, family conflict, phobias and bereavement.
During our life time we will all have experienced many changes , things we don/t expect, that lead us to question our core beliefs -these challenges may leave us feeling unable to cope, perhaps you may experience a loss of confidence in your ability to manage what you used to take in your stride : through counselling we can work together to make sense of the issues that are affecting your life at this time.
Is stress affecting your daily life, do you find yourself getting angry? There are techniques you can learn to manage both !
I work from home as an independent, integrated therapist,tailored to suit the individual needs of the client.
Please feel free to contact me for an informal chat by phone or email, where I will try to answer your questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc hons degree in Systemic Counselling.
- Registered member of BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)
- Mental Health support worker.
- Level 4 counselling Skills and Theory
- 5years experience in voluntary sector with Merthyr & Valleys MIND (2012-2016)
- 2year voluntary counsellor- Talking Connections @ Mental Health Matters Bridgend(2015)
- 1 year Ty Ellis Counselling Porthcawl -2011
- 3 years -associate counsellor for 2 Wish Upon A Star foundation (2016-18)
- Affiliate counsellor with Employee assistance Programmes PAM Assist.(2019- 2020)
- Affiliate counsellor with Health assured employee support programme 2016-2020
- Affiliate counsellor with Dover counselling 2017
- 3 years counselling supervisor- Talking Connections @ Mental Health Matters.2016-18
- 3 years Active Monitoring Practitioner- Merthyr & Valleys Mind(2017)
- 2 years- MIND counsellor( employed)
- 4 years- private practice
- Introduction to Counselling supervision Ty Ellis Porthcawl 2017-2019
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship counselling, anxiety disorders, depression, anger managemnt
Single person £40 1 hour (including initial consultation)
Couples counselling £50 hour.
Available at Bridgend (advance bookings)
To book an appointment, payment will be requested in advance to secure session
There will be a cancellation fee of £25 if 24 hours notice not given on further sessions,as the hour will be booked for you at your request, you may be asked for the £25 on your consultation, which will be refundable at the end of therapy, if there have been no cancelled appointments.
Supervision available - £40.00 . I have 3 years experience in supervision and am currently attending a further accredited supervision course.
There will be a concession for students with proof of study, the reduced fee will be £ 35 per hour.
and for those in receipt of unemployment benefits.( proof of benefit required) Free on street parking available at Williamstown
Each session will last 50 minutes -1 hour.
Appointments are available weekdays evening, and Saturday mornings.
long and short term therapy available
It is your choice to decide how often you wish to attend; You are able to book weekly , fortnightly sessions or whichever suits your needs. There are no set amount of sessions, this enables you to be in control of your own progress.