Linda Meikle: MBACP (Accredited) Counsellor and Psychotherapist
I understand that from time to time we can all feel the need of some help and support with emotional issues. My profile will tell you about me and how I can work with you, helping you to find inner calm and restore balance in your life through counselling and psychotherapy.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor who has worked with a wide variety of clients of differing ages, recognising that each one of us is unique, diverse and special. I can offer counselling which integrates several approaches tailoring the therapy to suit the needs of the client in the best possible way
As a fully qualified teacher with many years of experience I recognise the importance of the early years and its link to a person’s development. These formative years are often a key to an individual’s personality. My teaching has equipped me well, giving me the skills to recognise how a person responds and why they do so.
I know that each one of us has the capacity within ourselves to find a calmer more fulfilling way to live our life, but that some help may be needed along the way. I strongly believe that the trusting relationship developed between the counsellor and the client is one of the most important factors in creating a successful outcome, enabling the client to feel empowered and in control.
How does Counselling work?
We can sometimes find that life challenges are making us feel anxious and confused. We may experience feelings of being lonely, sad or worried and unable to escape from these recurring feelings. We may know why we feel as we do, but occasionally we do not understand what is causing our distress; we can be puzzled as to why we are acting or feeling the way we do.
Counselling therapy sessions provide an opportunity to explore and unpick what is going on in your life. This process will bring an understanding as to what you are thinking and feeling, making sense of your experiences. I will share this journey with you, enabling you to find a new way of looking at things and giving you the insight to make any changes you need to make.
What can I help with?
There are a wide variety of reasons why a client may look for support. These reasons may include:
Abuse, addictions, anxiety, bereavement, stress, depression, general counselling,guilt, health related issues, identity problems, mental health issues, personal development, redundancy, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, self-harm, sex-related issues,shame, trauma and work-related issues.
I work with young people and adults of all ages and I am happy to offer long and short term face to face therapy, as well as online counselling and telephone counselling.
How do I deliver therapy?
I see clients in a welcoming, comfortable and private space offering you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in confidence. I offer this confidential service and do not make any judgements. I am a good listener who is compassionate and caring, always having your best interests at heart. I am committed to helping you to find the answers to the questions you are asking and to help you to understand the feelings you are experiencing. This will empower you and enable you to achieve a balance and fulfilment in your life.
My therapy rooms are situated in Whixley fifteen minutes drive from Harrogate Centre between Harrogate and York. There is parking on site. Cattal Railway Station is a few minutes walk away.
What happens next?
We can arrange an initial meeting to assess your situation and ensure that we are able to work therapeutically together. If you feel comfortable and are happy to proceed with therapy we can plan a programme together. This programme would be reviewed from time to time. The times and frequency of therapy will be arranged and negotiated; normally sessions would take place on a weekly basis. You may wish to work with me for a few weeks or a few months depending on the circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Certificate in Counselling and Therapeutic Skills, a Certificate in Safeguarding Children and Young People, I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree.
In addition I have had experience and training to deal with :- Anxiety, Abuse, Depression, Bereavement and Loss, Effects of COVID, Vicarious Trauma, Low self-esteem, Mental Health issues and Mindfulness. I have also been trained to cope with clients with suicidal tendencies.
I am a fully insured and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I work within the guidelines of the BACP Ethical Framework ensuring that everyone receives the highest standard of therapeutic support.
I evaluate my work in frequent supervision sessions and I always look for ways to develop my practice and enhance my skills by attending regular courses.
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
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
An introductory session will cost £30.00
This initial meeting will help us to establish whether we can comfortably work together and answer any queries that might arise.
Later individual hourly sessions will be £40.00 each.
Concessions for students: £30.00
My practice is accessible from Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and York.
Parking available and rail link
During the current pandemic I offer online counselling .