Linda Hardy MSc. Counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in Central Glasgow
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I am a counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist based right next to Glasgow Central Station. I have been a practicing therapist, qualified to Masters degree level for 10 years. Since 2011, I worked as a bereavement counsellor for 4 years and within a drug and alcohol treatment service for 2 years. I have been a Glasgow based counsellor since 2018.
Before training as a counsellor, I worked in the homelessness and outreach sector, which was a valuable foundation for my future career as a therapist.
I offer a free consultation, so you can meet me and decide if I may be a good fit for you.
People regularly tell me that I am approachable and friendly and that they feel at ease to talk about whatever is on their mind. However, ass mentioned in my intro earlier, it is important that you feel comfortable, safe and at ease, so there is absolutely no obligation to book any another session afterwards.
How I approach my work as a counsellor
My philosophy is that we are our own best helper. Through my service, you can work towards understanding yourself better, and also discover new tools and coping strategies that will assist you in the future.
Below are some of the areas that I have expertise to work with, representing a diverse range of experience with clients over many years.
- counselling for stress and anxiety
- bereavement therapy
- relationship difficulties
- depression or low mood
- lacking in confidence
- thinking I'm not good enough
- addiction or dependency issues
Counselling sessions are available in the evenings, as well as during daytime hours.
Relevant Experience and Qualifications
I have a Masters degree (MSc) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the University of London.
I was a bereavement counsellor for 4 years, and was a therapist within a drug and alcohol treatment service for 2 years. I moved back to my 'homeland' in the summer of 2016, settled back in, and then set up my counselling practice in Central Glasgow in 2018.
Before finishing my Masters in 2011, I supported people within the community, outreach and homelessness sector for many years.
I invite you to check out my Counselling in Glasgow website where more comprehensive information is available, as well as a link to my self-help support pages.
Please feel free to call me (leave a message if I am unable to answer); or e-mail me with any questions you may have.
My e-mail is Linda@counselling-glasgow.com
Mobile: 07474 605 180
Daytime and evening appointments are available Monday - Friday.
Because of the COVID restrictions, I am currently offering a Zoom based service only at the present moment. When the official advice changes, and when safe to do so, I look forward to once again, offering a face to face counselling service in Glasgow City Centre. Because the on-line service has proved effective, this shall also remain available as an option - even when back to 'normal'.
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.
I had to complete and pass a 2-hour exam to ensure I could meet their professional standards. I must renew my membership yearly. I abide by their ethical guidelines at all times.
Providing a Confidential Counselling Service
You will receive a confidential service within the remit of the Data Protection Act 2018. Everything that is shared is totally confidential between us both, with a very few exceptions. Such exceptions are, for example, if it comes to my attention that you or another person is at risk of serious harm, or if the law compels me to. I will give you a fuller explanation when I meet with you.
I charge £40 per session during daytime hours. Evening appointments are charged at £50
Evening appointments are available on most weekdays, starting anytime between 4.30 and 7.30 p.m.
My aim is to keep the fee as low as I feasibly can, since I realise that investing in private therapy can be expensive.
I will never ask you to 'block book', nor pay for sessions in advance.
My counselling space is in the heart of Glasgow City Centre, located right next to Glasgow Central Station, and just a few minutes walk from 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.
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.
Visit my website at Counselling-Glasgow
I invite you to check me out further by visiting my website. More details about me, my service and my approach to my work are available.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from the University of London.
- 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)
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Exam stress
- low self esteem
Daytime sessions are charged at £40. Evening appointments are £50.