Linda French MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
I have been a qualified counsellor for fourteen years and I know from professional and personal experience the difference that counselling can make. I offer warmth, empathy and a non-judgemental, reflective approach in exploring whatever is troubling you. I aim to offer you a relationship in which you feel heard, understood, valued and supported. I believe that it is within such a relationship that people are best able to heal and grow. I feel this is particularly important when a person hasn't felt valued for who they are, cared for and accepted as they are in their early life.
I believe we all have the capacity to help ourselves move through difficult life events and heal from ones that have wounded us, but that sometimes our life experiences can cause us to lose touch with this capacity. I aim to enable you to connect more with this part of yourself, so that you can feel more in control of your life and also more able to be yourself. If you wish to explore any of these life experiences, I will support you so that you can do it safely and resolve them in the way that you need to. I am passionate about counselling being as effective, ethical and safe as it can possibly be for each individual, particular when working with issues such as trauma.
I am drawn to creative ways of exploring aspects of ourselves and our past that we may find difficult to come to terms with, which is partly why the Internal Family Systems and the Gestalt counselling approaches appeal to me. We are all different and need different things to become more resilient and self-compassionate, and to have a better quality of life.
I am highly experienced in working with a wide range of issues, including anxiety and depression, trauma, loss, physical health issues and issues of difference. I am particularly interested in the subject of shame and the many ways in which it can impact our lives. I have developed training for other counsellors on this issue. I have worked in diverse environments such as prisons, education, the NHS and community substance misuse services.
If you are coming for couples' therapy, I offer a safe and contained space in which we can work together to focus on the underlying problem between you. I aim to enable both of you to gain as much insight as possible into the dynamics between you and to develop new ways of working through the difficulties in your relationship. If you have decided to end your relationship I will support you both through this and will work with you to make the process as good as it can be.
I am also a qualified counselling supervisor.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Integrative).
* Diploma in Counselling Supervision.
* Certificate in Couples Counselling.
* Facilitator: CPD Workshops on Shame.
* Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling.
* BSc. (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology.
* Private practice for the past 7 years.
* Currently a Counsellor and Clinical Advisor at a local counselling centre.
* Support Worker, then Counsellor at the Matthew Project for 8 years.
* High-intensity IAPT Counsellor at MIND for 6 years.
* Prison Rehabilitation Worker for 3 years.
* Psychology Tutor for 5 years.
* Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
* Credentialed counsellor with MIND.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Therapy (short- or long-term): £45 per session.
Couples Therapy (short-term only): £60 per session.
Supervision: £45 per hour
Cancellation notice for a session: 24 hours.
Concessions offered for
* The first session is mostly an opportunity for you to see whether I am someone you feel comfortable with and would like to work with.
* I offer short-term or long-term counselling.