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Linda Taylor Regd MBACP. (Accred) No.573155

Bedford MK43 & MK42
07836 609335 07836 609335 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hello, I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Registered and Accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I am based in central Bedfordshire and I offer one to one, short term or open ended Counselling, depending on your individual needs.

Why counselling?
Sometimes, life can feel like a struggle, perhaps, due to changes of circumstances, illness, bereavement, loss, relationship, Family issues, or even childhood issues from the past that can make it feel difficult to move on from, or let go of.

At these times, it may feel very painful, embarrassing or difficult, to share your innermost thoughts and feelings with family or friends.  Maybe, because they know you, they don't always listen, don't take you seriously, or offer their own opinions and judgement on what you 'should' or 'should not' be doing.

This can leave you feeling even more confused, anxious, isolated and alone and often blaming yourself for your 'inability' to sort everything out by yourself.

Counselling can offer you a confidential, calm, supported space to express your deeper feelings and concerns without being judged......A quiet space to really think about your life and to understand and work through the issues that may be affecting you, with a view to making changes, in order to move forward with your life in a different way.....

Psychodynamic Counselling can also provide an opportunity to discuss and explore past and present issues, make sense of how these past experiences may still be affecting the way you currently cope and behave in your life today and then explore ways to bring about the changes and clarify the choices that can help you to make a positive difference to your future.

We are all programmed from birth by our caregivers, usually Parents.....

Counselling can be an opportunity to 'unhook', update and change the old 'software', patterns that you have learned and make changes that are relevant now, to help you choose a positive future.

Even a small change can make a big difference.......  

How can I help?

I have 15 years of Counselling experience in various situations, including 6 years, in my current Private Practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, as well as 8 years with 2 different NHS Trusts as a GP Counsellor and also, currently, at a local Charitable Counselling Centre.  I also work as a volunteer Counsellor, as well as, a Mentor to Student Counsellors.
I have also been on the Clinical Committee of a local Counselling Centre.

My experience includes working on a wide range of issues with adults including:

  • Anxiety/stress
  • Depression
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Childhood abuse
  • Family relationship issues
  • Work/employment related issues
  • Low self esteem
  • Self harming
  • Anger management
  • Illness
  • Relationships - endings/beginnings.

I work in 2 different areas of Bedford, including Bedford town centre, which is easily accessible by road, and a short walk from rail and public transport.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training:

I am a fully accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am recognised as an independent counsellor on the BACP Register.
I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics, set out on the BACP website.

My qualifications:

Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (University of Cambridge).
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF/University of Hertfordshire).
Diploma in Professional Studies(Psychodynamic Counselling. University of Hertfordshire)
Post Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (HBCF).
Diploma in Counselling.Combined advanced Certificate in Counselling skills and theory.(WPF)
Certificate in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy(DIT)(Anna Freud Centre)

My counselling experience is with clients in my Private Practice, as well as, 8 years working for 2 NHS Trusts, in a G.P. Clinic setting and also as part of a local Charitable Counselling Centre.
I also work for Employee Assistance Providers.

I undertake the required hours of Continuous Professional development during each year, to constantly update and inform my Practice.

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.

BACP

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

  • Carers for others
  • Cultural issues
  • Managing change and transition
  • Panic disorder
  • Public speaking/acting/singing/performance anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Stroke Survivors
  • Relationship issues/Self esteem issues
  • Student issues.i.e., Exam anxieties/stress etc.,
  • Self esteem issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£40-£48 per 50 minute session, some concessions available for Counselling students.

Referrals are welcomed from: Individuals, Counselling Students, GP's and Employee Assistance providers.

Further information

                                      To arrange an initial assessment:

                    Please call my confidential voicemail. Tel:07836 609 335.

                                  If I am unavailable, please leave a

                    message or text and I will return your call as soon as I am able.

Pavenham
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK43

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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 Unspecified

Availability

I offer both daytime and early evening appointments.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Linda Taylor Regd MBACP. (Accred) No.573155

Linda Taylor Regd MBACP. (Accred) No.573155