Linda McConnachie Accredited MBACP, BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
How can counselling help?
At some point, many of us face distressing and sometimes traumatic experiences where no end or support seems to be in sight. It's then that sitting with a highly qualified and attuned counsellor can help you explore why you feel as you do and try to make sense of what's going on.
We often push our own needs to the back of our minds and focus on others. Do this long enough and we can find ourselves lost. Deciding to seek counselling isn't about being selfish, it's about allowing yourself time and space to work things out.
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 goes beyond the shorter courses and alternative degrees. It also 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 individual adults, young people, children and couples and firmly believe that positive change is possible through counselling; 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.
I know that, sometimes, talking can be difficult. I can offer creative methods or materials to help you express your feelings and thoughts where you choose to do that.
Limited discounts are available for students who are currently undertaking a counselling qualification or those on low incomes.
What to expect from our sessions
My office is a warm and welcoming environment where you will be treated with respect. 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 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.
Online counselling is available where a face-to-face meeting isn't always possible.
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'm very pro-active in searching out workshops and articles which feed my interest in all things human and therapeutic. My commitment to continued professional development sees me taking part in interactive and creative workshops which inform and challenge me professionally and personally.
Amongst these are:
- Somatic Relationship (how we relate to our bodily held responses) (The Haven)
- Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults (CASY)
- Principles and Methods of Relationally Focused Integrative Psychotherapy (Richard G Erskine, Ph.D.)
- Attachment Workshop (Sir Richard Bowlby)
- Creative Interventions Workshop (The Carers Federation)
- Grief and Loss Training (The Carers Federation)
- Working with Self Harm (The Carers Federation)
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- 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
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
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Brief telephone consultation - Free
Initial 20 minute discussion - £30
Full 50 minute consultation for Individuals- £50/ Couples - £60
The cost of your counselling with me reflects the high quality and in-depth training I have undertaken and my commitment to ongoing development.
I also offer limited discounted rates for students in Counsellor training or if you have a limited income.
Please refer to my website for further information and more detail of payment methods and cancellations.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available Monday to Saturday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|