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Linda Skeats MSc Specialist CBT (Trauma) BABCP Accred

Belfast, Down, BT8
07555229846 07555229846 Registered / Accredited

About me

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem and is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). It is a type of psychotherapy which looks specifically at how our thoughts can influence our mood and behaviours.

The aim of CBT is to provide an opportunity for you to explore your problems and learn new techniques for improving your psychological health and well-being, in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. We will work collaboratively to develop a joint understanding of how your problem affects you personally, and agree on a treatment plan based on identifying and committing to specific therapeutic goals.

I undertake to discuss each stage of the therapy process with you and to ensure that you understand the approach and the reason for applying the agreed CBT techniques. My role is to help you through this process without criticism or judgement, to listen to your difficulties and provide feedback and suggestions based on my professional observations and specialist training.

Fully qualified in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and hold a specialist qualification in Trauma-Focused CBT. Both these approaches are recommended by NICE for treating PTSD.

I am a fully qualified and accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (BABCP) and bound by the BABCP's ethical code of practice. These standards are available to view at www.BABCP.co.uk

Recognised by Aviva and Axa healthcare.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Trauma) (Queen’s University, Belfast)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Queen’s University, Belfast)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Part 1, 2 & 3
  • Postgraduate Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Management of Trauma (University of Ulster)
  • Certificate Solution Focused Brief Therapy (Brief, London)

I regularly attend workshops, seminars and conferences to keep up to date with current research and best practice,  for example:

  • Masterclass with Professor Paul Salkovskis: ‘Worried Sick? Extending the application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) from Health Anxiety to Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and Long Term Medical Conditions(LTC)
  • ’'Difficult-to-treat depression: an integrated approach' with Stephen Barton , Newcastle University
  • 'Using Cognitive and Behavioural approaches to manage the impact of persistent pain: Practical skills and interventions' with Helen MacDonald
  • 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome workshop' with Katharine Rimes
  • 'Targeting Mood' with Christine Padesky
  • 'Clinical Skills: Working with Headaches' with Paul Martin
  • 'CBT for PTSD' with Professor Anke Ehlers, University of Oxford
  • 'CBT for Social Anxiety' with Professor David Clark, Oxford University


Over 15 years' clinical experience.

  • A senior manager within the NHS, managing a national counselling service.
  • Experienced clinician, treating clients from within primary care, Belfast Trust and private practice.

Fully accredited with BABCP & BACP

Registered provider with Axa, Aviva, Cigna, Vitality & WPA

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sleep disorders

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Other therapies


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Friday appointments only

Types of client

Linda Skeats MSc Specialist CBT (Trauma) BABCP Accred

Linda Skeats MSc Specialist CBT (Trauma) BABCP Accred