Linda M E Graham Psychodynamic Counsellor Dip. Couns; MBACP (Accred)
I work as an adult psychodynamic counsellor, which means I work with relationships - our relationships with others and most importantly, our relationship with ourselves.
Sometimes, for no obvious reason, life becomes an uphill struggle. Or you may come to realise that every day has become a chore, that everything is dark and heavy, that things could be better. Perhaps you feel that issues from your past are negatively affecting your relationships and/or behaviour and find it difficult to understand why. It's very often almost impossible to be objective when things seem out of control, when we're feeling anxious or emotional, or without any feeling at all. Sometimes it just helps to have someone welcoming and kind to listen, to care and to think with you. It is very often the case that just hearing yourself tell someone what's going on for you will lighten your load. I believe counselling offers an opportunity to understand, to build strength and to hope.
If you have come to read my profile, you're already on your way to making some changes, which will hopefully enrich your life and relationships. It takes courage to make the decision to talk to someone about yourself and your difficulties and so I aim to work respectfully and professionally at all times, within the BACP ethical framework, doing my best to create a trustworthy and understanding space in which to be together.
I am deeply empathic, open minded and non judgemental. I will do my utmost to help you achieve a sense of self empowerment so that you are able to be in control of your life, and achieve what feels important to you. I am happy to work in an open-ended way or in a focussed time-limited way. I'm here to listen deeply and to try to find a more manageable way to move forward in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
*WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, through Gloucestershire Counselling Service
*Ascentis: Sexual Violence Against Women
*Staff Counsellor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with trauma and shame.
My fee is on a sliding scale from £35 - £50 per 50 minute session, depending on your level of income.
The charge for the initial assessment is £35 (50 minutes).
I am keenly interested in trauma and shame, as I believe these to be at the root of many psychological and even some physical, difficulties. Both trauma and shame can deeply and silently affect the way we feel about ourselves, how we relate to others and how we respond to life in general, resulting in anxiety in our everyday lives, depression, self-sabotaging behaviours, relationship difficulties, physical disabilities, addictions, destructive ways of perceiving ourselves, others, our environment and our place in it.
New research is showing more and more, the connection between brain and body and I am deeply interested in working holistically to explore these connections. If you have physical complaints or behaviours which seem inexplicable, perhaps this could be something we could explore and work on together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays to Fridays 6pm-8pm
Types of client