Linda Dorrington MBACP; Msc Coaching;PGDip Counselling/Coaching;Dip Hypnotherapy
Blackwood Consultants LTd
23 Austin Friars
Sometimes we don't need advice; we don't need people to try to 'fix us'. All we need is someone to really listen, not to judge us but just be there.
My aim is always to listen to you and to help you to help yourself.
Few people escape from some level of anxiety, stress, trauma, broken relationships or bereavement in their lives. I provide a safe space for you to explore the past, express your thoughts and feelings and develop a greater awareness of what is going on in your life, finding your way to a more positive future.
As an Integrative Counsellor and Coach, I work with adults and young people in Brentwood and Essex. As a Counsellor, I am able to focus on deep and lasting psychological healing and change whilst also having the skills of a Coach to work in practical ways to help you develop your strengths and plan a better future. As an experienced Hypnotherapist, I can work at an even deeper level, which can help even more when used together with counselling or coaching. Over the years, I have helped clients with many issues, in particular anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, smoking cessation to name but a few.
I am passionate about helping my clients to lead meaningful and happy lives, overcoming any barriers which hold them back, helping them make real and lasting change. I always work with my client, helping them to 'help themselves' which is a much more empowering way to work.
With a background in education, I became very aware of how the stresses of being a young person impacts on their emotional and mental well-being. And indeed how difficult it can be for teachers to cope with increasing workloads and targets. I have particular expertise working with these groups, helping them to explore where they might be ‘stuck’ in their lives, feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, experiencing a lack of meaning and direction, trapped in difficult relationships or even feeling like life is not worth living.
What to expect in your first session.
I provide a supportive confidential space for you to talk through your concerns, to develop a better understanding about yourself and to help you find your own answers. I know it is sometimes difficult taking that first step and will always try to ensure you feel listened to and supported.
We will use our first session together to explore what has bought you to therapy and how we might work together. You may know why you are here but you may also just feel 'stuck' in a job, in a relationship or feel generally anxious or unhappy. Or feeling like you don't know where you are in your life and lack meaning and purpose.
It is a good idea to have a quick chat over the phone first of all - we can discuss what is going on for you and how therapy can offer you..
I offer a free phone initial consultation session on 07502 222496.
Evening & weekend appointments available in Brentwood (some week day daytime slots too). Daytime appointments available in London (EC2 area).
I offer online counselling if you prefer to be comfortable in your own home, via Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Msc in coaching psychology
- BA (Hons) psychology
- Post-grad certificate in education
- Post-grad diploma in integrative counselling & coaching
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy DHP, MAPHP)
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the Institute of Integrative Therapists (IATP), the British Psychological Society, the Association for Coaching and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC).I am fully insured, and my full professional details are public on LinkedIn.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coaching - Life changes
Adolescent Executive function coaching (managing emotions, taking initiative, staying focused, being organized, planning and prioritizing)
£ 55 per 50 minute therapy session
£65 per 60 minute hypnotherapy session
Concessions available: I believe that therapy should be affordable for as many people as possible so can offer some concessions to people on low incomes or students. Please ask me about this.
Having worked in primary education for many years, I have considerable experience working with children, especially those with special educational needs. I have also worked as a counsellor for young people (13-25) which means I have a breadth of knowledge on the challenges which present for children and young adults.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Friday 9-7 Saturdays 9-12 I do try to be as flexible as possible so if these times are impossible, please ask me.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|