Linda K Berkeley, MSc., Accredited BABCP, PGDip CBT, Reg. BACP
About me and my therapy practice: Accredited BABCP. Currently accepting new clients.
PLEASE NOTE: During the current virus crisis, I will be working with clients online via Skype or Zoom.
What I can help with:
Abuse, ADD/ADHD, Addiction(s), Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Bereavement, Career Coaching, Child related issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Therapy, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Dissociation, Eating disorders, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Loss, Mental health issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal Development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's Issues, Work related issues.
Types of therapy:
Behavioural, Brief Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural), Cognitive, Compassion Focused Therapy, DBT, Existential, Family therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centred, Phenomenological, Relational strong Clients I work with:
Adults, Children, Couples, EAP, Older Adults, Families, Groups, Organisations, Young People
How I deliver therapy:
Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited
I am also available for academic lectures to undergraduates on a variety of subjects.
I can provide brief group training to GPs and nurses.
I have several group formats available (resilience, managing change, stress management, depression management) for provision to organisations and companies.
Training, qualifications & experience
B. A. English; BSc. Hons. Psychology (2.1); MSc. Psychological Counselling; MSc. (Distinction) Psychological Therapies; Post-graduate Diploma (Merit) in Evidenced-Based Psychological Therapies; British Psychological Society Level A & B Qualification in Psychological Testing (RCPT Register - Register of Qualifications in Test Use); Certificate in Group Work (Gestalt Centre); APT Training Certificate in DICES Risk Assessment; BPS Approved Training in Supervision with Dr Linda Charles; BPS Approved Training in Supervision with SDS - Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) in Clinical Supervision (CSAccred. AAC); BABCP Approved Training in Supervision with Mark Latham. Completed training in Compassion Focused Therapy; Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation in CBT for Children and Adolescents qualification (CBT C&A AAC).
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
Trichotillomania and other Bodily Focused Repetitive Behaviours
People who have left cultic groups
50 - 60 minute sessions: £70.00
Extended 90 minutes session: £90.00
Supervision: £50.00 for employed Counsellors / CBT therapists; reduced rates available for unemployed students / trainees.
Some concession appointments available
Payment is by cash, cheque, or PayPal.
Concessions offered for
Wednesday - Friday, various times
In addition to being a trained and BABCP fully accredited CBT therapist, I am a drug and alcohol counsellor, a BACP registered counsellor, a Counselling Psychology Trainee at the end of my training, and an integrative psychologist. I have 10 year's experience in therapeutic work and seven year's experience in the NHS. I would like to tell you a little about how I work and what a first session might look like.
My practice is based on an integrative, pluralistic blending of possibilities from several frameworks, including CBT, Gestalt, Compassion Focused Therapy, ideas from psychodynamic practice, with a person-centred, humanistic core. I practice primarily as a CBT therapist with the NHS part of the week but CBT can be practised integratively in more ways than might be assumed.
For example, it is a misconception that CBT therapists pay no attention to childhood and current context; childhood experiences are often how we got to where we are now and most people's issues are an understandable response to their current context. CBT does not when practised in a humanistic framework, place blame on the individual for how they are feeling. We do look at transference and counter-transference but it is not the basis of the therapy as it might be in psychodynamic practice. CBT also looks at the connections not just between thoughts and behaviour, but also the relationships between these, emotions, and what is felt in the body.
Pluralism suggests, within ethical boundaries, there is no right or wrong way of being in therapeutic practice; respecting clients’ diversity and idiosyncrasy means considering alternative ways of conceptualising clients’ issues and working collaboratively, not prescriptively; and there can be great value in theories and interventions from other approaches, while retaining a critical stance on those and my own theories and practice. The question for me becomes “What does this client want?” rather than me telling the client what they need.
For our first session, there will be several "housekeeping" type pieces of paperwork - e. g. a confidentiality agreement and therapeutic contract. I may ask you to fill in a timeline, which is a note of important events in your life, both positive and negative, and what the meaning of them was for you. When we meet, we will spend the first session discussing any questions you may have about therapy, how I work, what brought you to see me and what you think is going to be helpful to you. You are the expert on yourself and only you can decide what might work for you. We will form a plan together, perhaps over the course of two or three sessions, of how we will proceed, and what we collaboratively believe is going on for you.
If you think this sounds interesting to you, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to meeting you and want to congratulate you in advance for having the courage to seek help with your issues.