Linda Taylor

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

Regd MBACP. (Accred) No.573155
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Bedford MK43 & MK40
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

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?
Perhaps,  life feels like a struggle at the moment,  possibly,  due to various changes of circumstances in your life such as, illness, bereavement, loss, relationship, Family issues, or even childhood issues from the past that can still feel difficult to move on from, or let go of.

It may feel very painful,  too embarrassing. or very 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 judgements on what you 'should' or 'should not' be doing.

This can leave you feeling overwhelmed and even more confused, anxious, isolated, alone and unable 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 currently 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 you may need, to make choices that can help you to create a positive difference to your future.

We are all programmed from birth by our caregivers, usually our Parents.....Counselling can be an opportunity to 'unhook', update and change old 'software', patterns and beliefs, formed in childhood, and enable you to make changes that are relevant for your life now, to help you choose and create a more positive future.

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

How can I help?
I have 18 years of Counselling experience in various situations, including 9 years, in my current Private Practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, as well as, previously, 8 years with 2 different NHS Trusts as a GP Counsellor and also, at a local Charitable Counselling Centre, as a Counsellor and as a Mentor to Student Counsellors.
I have also been on the Clinical Committee of a local Charitable 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 and the PFOA.


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)

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

  • 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

Fees

£45.00 - £55.00

Additional information

£45-£55 per 50 minute session, some concessions are available.

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

When I work

I offer both daytime and early evening appointments.

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.

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Free Parking facility

Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor