Linda K Berkeley, MSc., Accredited BABCP, PGDip CBT, Reg. BACP
33 Newbury Street
01488 73211 / 07766 314435
About me and my therapy practice: Accredited BABCP. Currently accepting new clients.
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, 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 counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited
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;
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic 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 problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trichotillomania and other Bodily Focused Repetitive Behaviours
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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50 - 60 minute sessions: £70.00
Extended 90 minutes session: £90.00
Supervision: £40.00 for employed Counsellors / CBT therapists; reduced rates available for unemployed students / trainees.
Some concession appointments available
Payment is by cash, cheque, or PayPal.
In addition to being a trained and BABCP 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My office is on the ground floor with one small step up to the room. I do not have a wheelchair ramp.
Thursday - Friday, various times
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for eight years and am an Accredited CBT therapist with the BABCP.