Linda McConnachie Accredited MBACP, BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
How can counselling help?
At the moment, there is lots of uncertainty, confusion and scare around. Many of us are facing distressing and sometimes traumatic experiences where no end or support seems to be in sight. These are times when a qualified and experienced Therapist or Counsellor can help you make sense of what's going on for you.
We often push our own needs to the back of our minds and focus on others, especially in times of crises. Do this long enough and we can find ourselves lost. Taking that first important step and seeking counselling, allows you the time and space to perhaps gain perspective and calm; it also means that others around you can directly benefit from the changes you make for yourself.
I am a degree qualified and experienced psychotherapist providing short and long term therapy for adults, adolescents and children. I also offer life coaching, peer supervision for qualified Counsellors and networking opportunities for Counselling professionals.
I have a special interest in working with the effects of little-t trauma. These might be described as the events which exceed our capacity to cope, ie neglect, bullying, abuse, divorce, job loss or abrupt changes in our environment. I specialise in building your self-esteem so that you can have the healthy relationships you deserve. This may be through working with your panic, anxiety, sense of worthlessness or through making sense of your attachment style, relationship issues or bereavement or loss...there are lots of thoughts and feelings which get in the way. I aim to build a meaningful, compassionate and supportive relationship which enables you to explore how long-lasting change and a healthier way of being is possible for you.
I trained and qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the highly regarded Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Valued for it's indepth and rigorous training, it considers a holistic approach to be important; this means that our thoughts, physical sensations and emotions need to be considered as they all play a part in forming who we are.
How I can help?
I work with you to identify your thoughts and feelings, perhaps anxiety, depression, panic, guilt or shame. Then focus on understanding how or why those are impacting you and your relationships. We then work together to see how change is possible and support you through those changes. I firmly believe that positive change is possible; clients tell me that they are often surprised to realise how much they have changed through our work together. I've experienced change personally too, so if you need help to explore how change is possible for you, please ring or email me.
As a professional, experienced Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I offer a range of therapeutic services based on the relational elements of therapeutic models including Person-centred, Psycho-dynamic, Gestalt, Human Development, Attachment, Affect theory and Contact in Relationship.
Sometimes talking isn't the best way forward, so if it's something you're willing to take part in, I can offer creative methods or materials to help you express your feelings and thoughts in a more unconscious way.
Discounts are available for Key Workers, students or those on low incomes.
What to expect from our sessions
Working online, by phone and face-to-face when possible, we agree the frequency, number of sessions and discuss any goals or outcomes you have. Then we work towards those. Ultimately, you decide whether to work short-term or for longer.
When we meet face-to-face, my office is a warm and welcoming environment with disabled access and free parking nearby. I am located in Beeston, just a couple of minutes from the A52 and convenient for Derby, Nottingham, Stapleford, Chillwell Long Eaton, Wollaton, Bramcote, Derby and surrounding areas. There are excellent local transport links and disabled parking nearby. I have day time or evening appointments, Monday - Saturday.
I offer a free telephone consultation for us to talk briefly about what you might bring to therapy. I also offer a initial 20 minute face-to-face session which enables us to meet and discuss how we might work together or a 50 minute session which allows time for a more detailed exploration of what brings you to counselling and the process of counselling itself. None of these commits you to ongoing therapy; that choice is yours.
I hope you'll take the time to read my profile and connect to my website to hear more about how I will work with you to discover your aims for counselling and build a counselling relationship which is warm, supportive, understanding, non-judgemental and, at times, appropriately challenging.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Member of BACP
- BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am committed to ongoing development; it means I'm constantly challenging my own thinking and bringing you the very best experience I can. I'm often researching articles, interacting with other therapists and organisations, attending workshops or reading articles which feed my interest in all things human and therapeutic.
Recent workshops include:
- Providing Online Counselling
- Working with Traumatic Memory
- Trans Awareness and Inclusion
- Somatic Relationship (how we relate to our bodily held responses)
- Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults
- Principles and Methods of Relationally Focused Integrative Psychotherapy
- Attachment Workshop
- Creative Interventions Workshop
- Grief and Loss Training
- Working with Self Harm
In addition to private practice where I work with young people and adults (including couples), I work within schools and have experience of working with social care and local government agencies.
I have extensive experience working within charitable, public and corporate environments both nationally and internationally and am well placed to understand the stresses and strains which accompany working within these types of organisations.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
**Discounts for key workers and student counsellors **
Brief telephone consultation - Free
Initial 20 minute discussion - £30
Full 50 minute consultation for Individuals- £50/ Couples - £60
Please refer to my website for further information and more detail of payment methods and cancellations.
Concessions offered for
Transportation and Parking
There are excellent public transportation links via bus, train and tram. I am a 5 minute walk from the train station.
In Beeston, free, public, off-street parking is available nearby.
Please ring or email me if you have any questions at all.