About me

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my page

Seeking a counsellor to trust with your thoughts and feelings is not easy, and my main aim is to provide a safe, friendly place so you can feel at ease during our time together.

My philosophy is that we are our own best helper. I can help you to understand how past events may be influencing the present; work in partnership for you to discover new tools and coping strategies that are right for you; collaborate with you reach your goals; and for the healing process to take shape.

I want to assure you that there would be no pressure on you to talk about anything that feels difficult unless you are ready,  and you will always be in control of the process.

My experience

I have been a qualified therapist to Master’s Degree level since 2011. Since then, my experience includes working as a senior counsellor for a bereavement service for 4 years, and for 2 years within a drug and alcohol treatment service.

Before my training, I worked for many years with mental health recovery and homelessness clients: supporting people to work through a range challenging circumstances.

How I can help

Below are some of the areas that I have expertise to work with, representing a range of experience with clients over many years.

bereavement therapy
addiction or dependency issues
anxiety and stress
lacking confidence / low self-belief
relationship difficulties
procrastination
depression or feeling low
anger
fear
guilt
sadness
thinking I'm not good enough
developing self-compassion
assertiveness and constructive communication with others
understanding how the past influences the present
coping with loss

Whatever brings you to counselling, I have provided a summary below about a very few of the areas that I may be able to help

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

Many people seek counselling because of low self confidence in their ability to move forward with their goals and dreams in life.  I can work with you to help you to understand the source of this, and with strategies to help you find a way through

Help with Anxiety and Stress.

Anxiety and Stress is another common factor that affects many of us, and I don't think that any of us are immune to a degree of anxiety or stress at some point during our life. I have counselled many people to understand the underlying source of their anxiety; alongside finding practical and effective self-help tools that are right for them.

Bereavement Therapy

I was a senior counsellor for a bereavement service for 4 years in a multi-cultural, mixed demographic area. I do not agree with the concept that one ever ‘gets over’ or ‘moves on’ from a bereavement, but through time, it is possible to find space to ‘live again’; without ever forgetting, or reducing the meaning of how you feel about your loved one that passed away.

Many people hold their emotions down as a way to protect themselves from feeling overwhelmed. This is understandable, but it is not necessarily helpful either, since they may be experiencing other symptoms, such as low mood, anxiety or lack of motivation. In a safe space, a bereavement therapist could help you to express these feelings ‘safely’, whilst supporting you through.

Some people feel guilty about the idea of having quality of life them self, without the loved one. If you feel this way, then therapy might help you to feel that it is okay to allow yourself to go forward in life, as you deserve to.

Feeling low or depressed

Perhaps you don’t feel optimistic or hopeful about your future, or you are thinking about something from the past that is generating a lot of emotions, or worried about things that may happen later on.

Through counselling, you may be able to gain clarity about the underlying reasons you are feeling this low and what may be triggering your mood, as well as to find coping strategies to help.

Post COVID

Many of us (including me) are experiencing a mixture of thoughts and feelings associated with the pandemic.  For example, feelings of safety, and the idea of going back to 'normal' life can feel scary and overwhelming. This is quite normal, and if you feel this way,  you are definitely not alone.

Talking this through may help you to feel less isolated, and work out how you may want to move forward.

More detailed information about my service is available on my website at www.counselling-glasgow.com

Location

My counselling and CBT service is conveniently located in Glasgow City Centre, right next door to Glasgow Central Station. Glasgow Queen Street Station and Buchanan Street underground is about a 10 minutes stroll away.

Replying To Your Enquiry

I always aim to reply to any enquiry within 1 working day, and I answer all enquiries.

It has come to my attention that many more messages are going directly into junk or spam folders, which also includes my replies to you from Counselling Directory. 

Please do check out your spam or junk folder if you have not heard back from me within 2 working days.

Free On-Line Consultation

This session, via Zoom, would last up to half an hour.  It provides a good opportunity for you to meet me and decide if I may be a good fit as your counsellor.  You can also ask me anything at all about my service and how I would approach my work with you.

There is no obligation to book a service with me after this meeting.

Please let me know in your correspondence with me if you want this service.

Availability

In person therapy in Central Glasgow & On-line via Zoom.

Appointments are available daytime Monday - Friday

Early evening appointments are also available

Professional Standards

I am a member of the Accredited Register of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

This is the largest professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK.

(Counsellor Linda Hardy: British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Registered Member 725672. (BACP is a member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register)

Fee

I charge £45 per session.

Location of Counselling-Glasgow

My counselling and CBT is located in Glasgow City Centre, located right next to Glasgow Central Station.

It is approximately a 10 minute stroll away Glasgow's Queen Street Station.

Find me just off Gordon Street, right next door to the Shelter shop.

Address: 111 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3TA.

Accessibility

Like many buildings in Central Glasgow, my counselling room is in a converted tenement building, and has a few steps on the ground floor to access the lift. So unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible.

Website

Visit my website for more information about me and how I approach my work: www.counselling-glasgow.com

Thank you for taking the time to read my page.

Please feel free to get in touch to ask any questions you have about my service, and what you could expect during our time together.

Yours sincerely,

Linda

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from the University of London (graduated in 2011).
  • 4 years experience as a Senior Counsellor working with bereaved clients and Carers
  • 2 years experience as a counsellor in a drug and alcohol recovery service.
  • Certificate in Counselling and Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Various Continued Professional Development Courses, including: Using and teaching Mindfulness tools and techniques; Complicated Grief; Caring For The Caregiver.
  • Wrote and presented workshops and seminars to a range of teams, including: Understanding hoarding behaviour; Understanding co-dependent relationships; Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy tools and techniques every day; Understanding and working with suicidal people.
  • Prior to qualifying as a therapist, I worked in the community mental health field in London, also with clients with a range of needs, such as drug and alcohol dependency, anxiety, depression.
  • BA (Hons) Politics with Development Studies from Sussex University (graduated 1996)

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Guilt
  • Hurt
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Procrastination
  • Exam stress
  • Perfectionism
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • low self esteem
  • stress

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

Free On-Line Consultation

You may choose to have an initial, free of charge on-line session / consultation.  This would last up to half an hour.  It offers you the opportunity to decide if you feel comfortable with me as your counsellor, and for you to ask any questions you may have.  There is no obligation to book a service afterwards.

Availability

I am currently taking referrals. Evening appointments are available Monday - Friday

111 Union Street
Glasgow
G1 3TA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Unfortunately, my counselling space is not accessible since it has a few steps on the ground floor to access the lift.

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Linda Hardy

Linda Hardy