Linn Martinsen Dip. Couns. MBACP
I am an experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor offering couples and individuals a peaceful and supportive environment to gently explore difficult feelings and issues.
Is counselling for me?
People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons. These may be depression, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, sex related issues, post natal depression, trauma, cultural issues and many more.
The important thing to remember is that absolutely anyone is welcome to try counselling.
How I work
What drives us to do and feel the things we do? What are the things that stop us?
The answers to these questions may come to us over time with the support of friends and family, and we manage the ups and downs that life holds in store for us without loosing our footing for too long.
But sometimes we may need a little more. Family and friends may not understand exactly what you're going through. You may be struggling yourself with understanding where these feelings are coming from
Any issues you bring to our sessions are welcomed into the space with an open mind and a desire to support you with warmth and understanding.
If you come to me with problems you perhaps feel shameful or embarrassed about, you may fear I will meet you with rejection or even indifference.
I have extensive experience in working with porn addiction and other sex related issues and I am very aware of the difficulty in opening up about issues you may experience as shameful.
My role is to provide you with a safe, non judgemental and supportive environment where you can bring these difficult feelings and issues, and together, when you are ready, we can explore what they mean to you to and how you can best move forward.
As a couples counsellor I am trained and experienced in helping couples find a deeper understanding of each other and their relationship. The dysfunctional dynamics of a relationship are often driven by each individuals past experiences, and many are not aware how these issues may have an impact on their relationship today.
Especially when starting a family issues or communication problems that were not too prevalent or difficult to resolve before children arrived may seem difficult to overcome with the changing dynamics a child/children bring to the relationship. Exploring this new dynamic and looking at how you both experience parenthood, particularly through the lens of your own upbringing, and also this new place you find yourself in in the relationship can be very healing.
One fear many couples carry with them into the room is that I will 'take sides' and try to impress change upon one part more than the other. My role as a couples counsellor is to offer my support to both parties, and the main client is the relationship.
Seeing a counsellor as a couple can help you find new ways to not only listen to each other and share your thoughts, but also find out more about yourselves in the presence of the other. This journey of shared discovery can be a powerful tool to strengthen the foundations of your relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to a BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Central Sussex College, I also hold a Certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Centre in London and have specialised training as a couples counsellor from Time2relate.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals £70 (50 min)
Couples £90 (60 min)
My practice is located in Darlaston Road, SW19.