Linda French MBACP
07795 992 507
I have been a qualified counsellor for twelve 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 in moving your life forward as you want to. I believe that it is within such a relationship that people are best able to heal and grow. My hope is that this experience will eventually become internalised and you will begin to have a greater sense of worth, and compassion towards yourself.
I believe it is helpful to understand how your early life experiences may be influencing what is happening in the present and how you are making sense of and responding to it. By becoming more aware of how the past has shaped the way you think, feel and behave in the present, I believe it can better equip you to respond to your current situation in a healthier way and make choices that will better meet your needs in the future.
I am highly experienced in working with a wide range of issues, including relationship issues, childhood abuse and neglect, loss, and issues of difference. I have worked in diverse environments such as prisons, the NHS and community substance abuse agencies.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling: Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
* Certificate in Counselling: University of East Anglia.
* I also have a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology.
* I recently completed training as a Counselling Supervisor (Diploma).
* Private practice for the past 6 years.
* Currently a Counsellor and Clinical Lead at 4Cs 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Individual Therapy (short- or long-term): £45 per session.
Couples Therapy (short-term only): £60 per session.
Cancellation notice for a session: 24 hours.
What to Expect
The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss what has brought you to counselling and how you hope to benefit from it, and for both of us to decide about working together.
My approach is Integrative, so in our work I will be interested both in what is happening in the present moment for you, and in early life experiences which may be influencing what is happening in your life currently. The emphasis of these will vary depending on what works best for you.
I offer counselling on a weekly basis.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
If stairs are an issue, do let me know and we can arrange to meet on premises that are more accessible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|