Linda McAvoy, Accredited family, couple and parenting counsellor
Good relationships are foundational to our happiness and well being but they can be disrupted by negative life-events, childhood losses, as well as sudden changes in our present-day circumstances. I trained and began practicing with Relate and have accumulated many years' experience of working with individuals, couples, young people and their families.
From a professional teaching background and as a parent of three sons and one daughter myself, I have gained a wealth of experience and additional, relevant qualifications through extensive parent training programmes and child development courses.
My communication skills are clear and helpful for all ages and ability levels. I never fail to build a positive and trusted rapport with my clients who always choose to return for future sessions. Often clients maintain their relationships with me longer term, sometimes returning after a gap of time away and frequently recommending my counselling to friends or to other members of their family.
I also conduct shorter-term work and briefer solution-focussed therapy where appropriate, using a variety of creative resources, especially with young people. I work in a flexible time frame and do my best to accommodate the needs and particular circumstances of individual clients.
Getting in touch...
If you have any further questions about my counselling practice please text me on 07771701210 or click here to send me an email and we can arrange to have a free 15-minute telephone call and during this conversation, you can decide if you would like to book an introductory meeting with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Relate training- Graduate certificate in couple counselling
- Postgraduate certificate in relationship therapy (family counselling)
- MBACP Accreditation
- Accredited Parenting trainer
- PGCE (experienced teacher of primary and secondary ages.)
I am trained in systemic theory but have personal experience and additional qualifications in several other therapeutic disciplines and I will always tailor my practice to suit the needs and situations of my individual clients. I have completed an extensive number of professional CPD training courses over the years and continue to update my knowledge on a regular basis.
- My work is fully supervised.
- I hold professional indemnity insurance.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 for individual and young people's work and £50 for family and couple sessions. I do not automatically charge for cancelled sessions, but do appreciate notice being given.
Flexible working hours.