Linda Parker - Registered Memeber BACP (Accred)
I am not currently taking on any new clients due to the necessary restrictions on face-to-face working during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, from mid-August I will be able to work with new clients, face-to-face in a beautiful, private, outdoor setting in Lyne, Surrey, where social distancing will be possible. I will post more information about this in the near future, so please contact me then if this interests you.
Life can be very challenging at times and getting the right support can make all the difference. I have been qualified as a Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist for 19 years and Accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2004. My private practice is in Weybridge and I offer both long and short-term, one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy to adults.
My therapeutic style is warm and interactive - I don't just sit and 'listen'. I provide a confidential, safe space for people to explore their difficulties and I respond with a broad range of interventions and techniques to help people address these. As well as benefiting from the release of difficult emotions and memories, clients are often able to identify patterns of thinking and behaviours that no longer serve them and to identify alternative, more satisfying ways of living.
When people contact me, after a brief, free telephone consultation, I usually suggest meeting for one to three sessions to discuss their difficulties further. This provides an opportunity for people to experience how I work and it allows me to assess if I can effectively support them longer term. If we decide to proceed together, we will then agree a contract to include number of sessions, goals etc which is reviewed periodically.
Training, qualifications & experience
My original qualification was in 2001 with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and later as a Clinical Supervisor in 2010. Since qualifying I have continued to undertake significant specialist training in areas such as Psychological Trauma including the Rewind Technique and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Anger management, Relationship difficulties and Grief Tending. I recently completed a year's Foundation Certificate in Ecopsychology at the Natural Academy and an Apprenticeship to Soul and Grief with Azul Thome at SOULand. I have a special interest in working with Ecogrief and Ecoanxiety (Climate Change Anxiety). I incorporate the knowledge I gain in my ongoing professional development into my counselling practice and therefore work with expertise in many areas.
In addition to my private practice, I also work as a Counsellor and Clincial Supervisor at Kingston University and have previously worked as a Psychotherapist at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton, Senior Counsellor at The Drug & Alcohol Foundation in Central London and Substance Misuse Counsellor at HMP Send.
I have been an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2004.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience counselling people who are members of Twelve Step Recovery Programmes.
I have a special interest in working with Ecogrief and Ecoanxiety (Climate Change Grief/Anxiety) having recently completed an Ecopsychology training and Grief Tending Apprenticeship. I am currently developing a Community Grief Tending offering and will post details of this in due course.
£65.00 per session (50 mins)
I have a number of concessionary spaces at a reduced fee that I can offer to those on lower incomes - please enquire about availability.
If you have health insurance, the fee may be covered by your provider. I am registered with Aviva and Simply Health. Please check the details of your policy to see if you are covered and if there is any excess you may need to pay.
My counselling room is in my home on the ground floor and there is plenty of free parking available outside.
I offer daytime and evening appointments.