Linda Gwatkin MBACP Accredited Counsellor, Supervisor and Couples Tharapist
As an experienced and accredited Integrative Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I draw upon my knowledge of several therapeutic approaches, to establish what might help you as an individual. I am experienced in both short term and long term therapy.
Have you been feeling overwhelmed, confused, anxious, numb or distressed, perhaps your thoughts, feelings or concerns seem unclear?
I aim to offer a professional non-judgemental, safe, respectful and confidential environment in which you can explore or unpick your experiences to gain a better understanding of what is happening to you and find a way to manage this.
It can be difficult to talk about personal things so it is important to find a counsellor that is right for you. One that you can trust and be open and be honest with.
If you would like to meet me to find out if I might be someone you could talk to, then please do contact me to arrange a free, no obligations 30 minute Initial Assessment. We will be able to discuss what your concerns are, how we will work together and I will also be able to answer any questions that you may have. This can be conducted either over the telephone or face to face. The choice is yours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited member of the BACP which means that my practice has been deemed to meet the higher standard for a "competent, ethical and independent practitioner". I am also registered with the BACP number 085519 and the Care Council of Wales number w/2038532 .
I hold the following professional qualifications:
- British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists ACCREDITED Status as an Integrative Counsellor, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Counselling Supervisor.
- Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy. training accredited by CORST
- Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Social Work 2012.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Consolidation of Social Work 2014.
- Certificate in Counselling 2006.
- Integrative Diploma in Counselling 2008.
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2009.
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis (101) 2014.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision 2014.
- NCS Accredited Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2014.
- Assessment of Adolescents who display Sexually Harmful Behaviour and the Good Lives Intervention Programme Training 2013.
- PODS Trauma training 2015.
I hold a range of Continuing Professional Development Certificates including:
Understanding self harm, treating anxiety and panic attacks, depression, alcohol, drugs. Adult and children's safeguarding, emotional abuse and neglect POVA training, vicarious trauma, applied suicide intervention training, impact of trauma and attachment, domestic violence, hearing voices improving negative relationships.
My experience includes working within an assortment of environments:
I have a private practice.
PTSD, Trauma and OCD conditions.
Supervisor with Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASAC) Team North Wales, working with individuals who have been victims of sexual abuse and rape.
Experience within Adult Community Mental Health Team.
Experience with Children Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS).
Drug/Alcohol experience and child protection/safeguarding/POVA and abuse experience.
Working with all ages groups.
Working in a Women's Refuge.
Counselling young people with the Info shop in Wrexham for 11 years.
Initial Assessments and CORE and Risk Assessments, signposting to appropriate organisations.
I undertake EAP work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
Free 30 minute Initial Assessment - no obligations session.
Individual Counselling £45.00 for 50 minutes
Couple Counselling £70.00 for 50 minutes
Children and young people £40
Clinical Supervision £45.00 for 1 hour.
Organisational Supervision £50
Group Supervision Price on application.
I undertake EAP work and this is charged at £45 for a 50 minute session.
Sessions offered on weekly or fortnightly basis or by arrangement to suit individual needs.
Reduced charges considered for unemployed, low income earners and for students.
Personal Therapy and Supervision Sessions for trainee counsellors/psychotherapists will be offered at concessionary rate. Please contact me for confirmation of the prices.
Once an appointment has been booked, you may either pay in advance via BACS/internet banking using your surname as a reference. Details will be supplied at point of contact.
Alternatively you can pay on the day with either cash or I can take a card payment
It is appreciated if at least 48 hours notice can be given if you need to cancel or rearrange your session. There is a charge for missed appointments if you have not informed me.
If you would like an informal discussion about whether counselling would be beneficial to you then please contact me.
Please also contact me if you would like any further details concerning my membership status, qualifications or experience.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer a flexible service therefore Counselling sessions can be arranged for weekdays, some evenings and on the weekend by arrangement.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am a qualified and experienced supervisor of both groups and individuals.