Linda Hancock, BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care, Dip. Couns., Reg. MBACP
I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor with experience of working within mental health and social care services, as well as personal experience of life, with all its challenges.
My practice is grounded in my firm belief that we are all valuable, worthy and special. We are all born unique but the influences around us shape who we subsequently become, leaving us feeling disconnected from our true self. However, it is possible to feel comfortable with our true self and at peace within - acceptance is the key!
"The curious paradox is when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers
My aim is to walk alongside you on your journey towards finding out who you really are and not who your life experiences have forced you to be. I hope to help you grow and make positive changes in your life whatever is causing you difficulty, perhaps stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues or a tendency to have a negative mindset. I would like to help you build your self-confidence, improve your self-esteem and feel more able to manage life circumstances, giving you more confidence in your ability to cope and recognition of the positives in your life.
My hope is that you can feel comfortable, safe and secure, happy in the knowledge that I do not judge you, I value you as a unique person, acknowledging the courage you have shown in recognising that you need support. Most of all, I care about you and want you to thrive, so whatever you are finding difficult it is always possible to feel better.
I look forward to beginning our journey together, towards a better and more positive future.
"What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly" - Carl Rogers
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework and code of conduct.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Bsc (Hons) in Health and Social Care with additional training with CRUSE (Bereavement Support) and Transactional Analysis workshops. I also have experience of working in mental health services and with older adults, so have understanding of the issues related to being a carer and the difficulties in looking after yourself when helping a loved one who is needing your support.
I am currently studying for qualifications in:
Counselling Children and Adolescents
I look forward to hearing from you and if you do not feel that I am the therapist for you, I wish you all the best in your journey.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please feel free to ring or email me to discuss your counselling needs and we can decide together the best way forward for you.
Concessions offered for
Free initial consultation to discuss (on telephone)
Fees negotiable to suit individual need
I am able to offer telephone counselling
Telephone counselling and online, outdoor walk and talk, home visits can be considered if needed
Flexible times to suit your needs - just contact me and we will sort it out.