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. Working psychodynamically helps me to work with my clients to identify behaviour patterns - patterns that have developed over time as a way to defend ourselves, patterns that no longer work in our favour.
At this current time, there are many reasons to be feeling out of sorts; sad, anxious, depressed, deeply lonely or simply out of sorts. Everything is out of our control, it's difficult to maintain our connections and this is most important - we find ourselves adrift and it can be very disconcerting. It can also trigger previous difficult experiences that have up until now, been out of sight and mind.
You may come to realise that every day has become a chore, that everything is dark and heavy, that things could be better or have been better. Perhaps you feel that issues from your past are negatively affecting your relationships and/or behaviours. 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, hope and insight.
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 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
*Senior Staff Counsellor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with trauma, self sabotage and shame.
My fee is on a sliding scale from £35 - £50 per 50 minute session, depending on your level of income. I aim to make counselling available to as many people as possible so I try to keep my fee as affordable as possible.
The charge for the initial assessment is £30 (50 minutes).
Concessions offered for
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.