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MBACP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

About me

Hi, I’m Linda, a counsellor working with adults and young people in my private practice and through community and voluntary organisations.  I provide a quality, integrated therapy service within Chesterfield and the surrounding areas.  Sessions are by appointment, with evening and weekend appointments available.

In addition to my private practice I have previous experience of counselling project work, working with families alongside mainstream Children's Centre Services.  As a Bereavement Worker for CRUSE and Committee Member of Everybody Hurts Support Group, supporting parents experiencing child to adult abuse.

You may be considering counselling to:

  • better understand your own behaviours – particularly if they are unhelpful ones
  • manage change & conflict - relationship issues / family issues / children / work & career / redundancy / life changes such as infertility / loss / bereavement
  • help with common problems like low self-esteem / depression / anxiety / health concerns and disabilities
  • help with more complex issues like trauma / abuse / terminal illness / suicide / suicidal thinking

I offer you the time, space and skills in a safe, supportive environment to enable you to think through and unravel the difficulties in your life.  As an integrated therapist, I tailor the most appropriate therapy specifically to your needs as an individual at this time.

As children we have experiences that teach us how to relate to others and to the world around us.  This continues to affect how we think and behave as adults and sometimes these effects can become unhelpful to us in our everyday life.  My integrated therapy is based on the values of respect, empathy and genuineness for you, the client, and is centred around your individual needs, here and now.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Awareness in Bereavement Care
Children and Young People’s Bereavement and Grief

Training:

I have received specialised training in:

  • depression, anxiety, self-esteem & confidence building
  • suicide, trauma, and PTSD
  • workplace counselling
  • domestic violence and abuse – physical, sexual, emotional, financial (for both the victim and the perpetrator)
  • safeguarding children & vulnerable adults
  • children & young people’s counselling

and awareness training in:

  • self harm
  • eating disorders
  • mood disorders
  • ADHD

With continued commitment to my practice, I maintain training and continual professional development and am working towards BACP Accreditation.

Experience:

In private practice since 2012.

Working with adults, children and young people needing support for bereavement, grief and loss.

Independently working with members of families at risk referred by Derbyshire Multi Agency Services.

Two years’ experience with a charity offering support to women experiencing/have previous experience of domestic abuse.

One year with a charity offering support to children and parents, working within a school environment.

Two years volunteering for Derbyshire County Council’s Youth Mentoring Scheme.

Prior to counselling training I worked for the NHS for 25 years, both within the Occupational Therapy Service and the Finance Department in a non-clinical role.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet Bereavement/Loss
Menopause
Penile Dysfunction

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling: £40 per 50 minute session - day 9.30am -5.30pm

Counselling: £45 per 50 minute session - eve 5.30am -9.00pm

Students undertaking therapist training - day £25 eve £30

When I work

Daytime Tues -Thurs. Evening (after 5.30pm) Mon & Wed.

Further information

My Chesterfield practice is easily reached, just 12 mins from the M1 J29, straight down the A617 to the A61 Derby Road.

Street parking is available. Regular buses serve Derby Road, just a short walk away.
Access includes one step into the room.

An answerphone message can be left and I will return the contact as soon as possible.  All contact is fully confidential.

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

None