Linda Quested MBACP
Hello and welcome to my profile page. If you are considering counselling then I hope I can help you. Whilst face to face appointments are currently unavailable due to Covid 19, I am able to offer counselling via phone, Zoom online and email (using a free, secure email service called ProtonMail).
I understand that deciding to try counselling is very private and personal, and that "having therapy" can often feel like a last resort. Not knowing how counselling works, and who to choose, can make the decision even more daunting.
Counselling offers you a safe, confidential space to talk - a place where you will not be judged or told what to do. It can be a huge relief to talk about what is happening to you, and how you really feel to someone who is professionally trained to listen. I can help you explore and understand your feelings, giving you a new perspective and confidence in your life and abilities.
Depending upon the issues you are facing, and what you would like to do, we can work together for a number of weeks, months or even years. This flexibility allows you to go at your own pace to gain maximum benefit from the counselling process.
I am a fully qualified, BACP registered and insured integrative counsellor, trained in psychodynamic, existential and person centred counselling theories and practice. What this means is that I am able to work in a variety of ways according to your specific and individual needs.
I have many years of experience in health and social care having worked for the NHS, Samaritans and the Alzheimer's Society. As well as private practice, I am a counsellor at Mind, the leading mental health charity. I have also taught Therapeutic Counselling to trainee counsellors in Bedfordshire.
We are all unique individuals and your choice of counsellor is personal to you. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to your counselling experience - so it is important that you choose a therapist who feels 'right'. I offer a reduced rate of £25 for a first assessment session of one hour. This gives us an opportunity to meet, explore what brings you to counselling and to see how we feel about working together. Should you wish to continue, subsequent 50 minute counselling sessions will be £40. I also offer discounted rates for student counsellors.
Perhaps you would like to try counselling, but feel unsure or unable to because of personal or privacy reasons? Email counselling can give you the privacy, time and space to express yourself through writing. You may find this easier than talking and more beneficial as you are in control of when you write and when you open and read the response.
What happens next?
If you decide you would like to proceed, then please feel free to email, call or text me. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I will ask you what is troubling you in order to assess if I am suitably qualified to help you. If I feel confident that I can support you, I will arrange an appointment within one week for an initial assessment of one hour. This appointment gives you opportunity to tell me more about your concerns, ask any questions, discuss what you would like to achieve, look at how many sessions you may need and the general 'nuts and bolts' of counselling. If you are happy to continue, we will set up a second session and I will arrange to see you weekly from there.
If you are considering email counselling, please contact me and I will send details of how this works.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Counsellor at Mind
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Working with Suicide and Self Harm Training
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training Alcohol and Drug Awareness Training Telephone and Online Counselling Training
Certificate in Mental Health Problems
Certificate in Children and Young People's Mental Health
Former Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) tutor for The Bedfordshire Centre for Therapeutic Studies - teaching theory and practice to trainee counsellors at Diploma Level.
I hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
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
- Initial assessment (Zoom or phone) £25 for one hour
- Subsequent sessions (Zoom or phone) £40 for 50 minutes
- Student counsellors £30 for 50 minutes (Zoom, phone or per email)
- Email Counselling £40 per email
Payment can be made by bank transfer at each session.