Linda Atkinson. Dip. Couns. Dip. Psych. MBACP.
As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, I am only too aware how relationships and common life events have a habit of throwing challenges in our paths, these times can often prove problematic, and may leave you feeling unable to cope. Even simple daily tasks can become an emotional struggle and may leave you feeling exhausted and unmotivated.
Left unacknowledged this may eventually lead to you feeling completely overwhelmed. I understand only too well how difficult it can be to seek support at these times, as humans we do not like to present ourselves as vulnerable and not coping in case it is viewed as a sign of weakness, it may be easier to avoid or bury our emotions, which may help for a little while, but before long, life can begin to feel like your wading through treacle.
Seeking support in these difficult times, is not a sign of weakness, in fact it can be the start of you taking charge of your own general well being. I believe your emotions are of great value, When your feelings are repeatedly ignored or denied, an automatic pattern or behaviour may develop where you learn to continue to bury or hide your painful and difficult emotions. This pattern can often be outside of your awareness, and a deeply ingrained method that you have adopted to help you cope with every day life. However, when we do not allow ourselves the time to process our feelings, life becomes a struggle as we try to cope with a vital part of us missing Within your counselling sessions, I offer a safe, confidential space, where I can help you to explore and reconnect with these fragmented parts of yourself, supporting in a way that listens and cares how it is for you, in the here and now. Having your feelings heard and validated, can enable your personal growth and promote emotional freedom and maturity.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I am currently working for The Cruse Bereavement Charity, as well as having my own private practice.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am committed to their ethical framework which provides the guidelines necessary to ensure good and safe practice.
In November 2013, I successfully completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency, and am now on their register of professional Practitioners
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Cruse Bereavement Training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40 Per Hour......... for one to one counselling
£60.Hour & Half......Couples
£27 Per Hour..........Students
Some concessionary rates are available, though these are Limited.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client