Martin Linton - Viewsaboutlife Counselling

Martin Linton - Viewsaboutlife Counselling



01633 547180 / 07934 473692

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01633 547180 / 07934 473692

About me

Hello and welcome.

"Peace exists within you even when other aspects about you cloud it"

Somehow in today’s culture its normal for people to reach a point where they may feel distressed. There are many reasons why people seek a counsellor. Also, people can simply find themselves with having to create a new way to enhance their life. Life can feel burdened rather than free and calm...

The assistance I offer provides beneficial ways to skilfully help people who are experiencing such events.  I feel deeply honoured to meet people as their counsellor and witness their transformation.  It intrigues me how emotive communication can create detachment from or be attaching towards a person’s innate vital qualities.  Counselling attends and explores these contexts, intricacies, experiences, patterns and emotional parts of human experience.

My counselling style is systemically orientated and is effective with both individuals & couples.

**For more detailed information please follow the above link to my website**

What to Expect:

  • Empathic, compassionate, respectful and safe attention.
  • A warm, honest, collaborative / dialogical therapeutic relationship.
  • Assistance and trust towards meeting realistic therapeutic needs as a client.
  • An amalgam of containment, listening, creativity, coaching, gentle challenge and encouragement towards the potentials of wholesome well-being.
  • An opportunity to discover, tune emotional communication and express yourself fully.

My Practice is:

  • Private, confidential and set in a welcoming, safe, and accepting environment,
  • Registered and accredited under the Professional Standards Authority (PSA),
  • Assists people from many walks of life to generate connection,
  • Understands each person has unique requirements for enriching their own life,
  • Works with personal distress' and difficulties that effect the relationship with both the "Self and others".

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO) Couples / Relationship Therapy. IFIO assists people to work through difficulty or simply enhance relational quality. I am privileged to offer this simply amazing approach for couples / relationship work, enabling difficult conversations to become both possible and safe. IFIO provides a way to elicit what humans innately crave. IFIO is a unique blend of traditional Imago Therapy fused with "Systemic Thinking" through utilising IFS Practice with a balancing relational approach.
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner / Psychotherapy. I have attended the practitioner mastering skills trainings.  IFS Therapy is the new wave of very effective Systemic Practice that is evidence-based, mindful, safe and non-pathologizing psychotherapy for individuals.
  • Systemic Counselling (BACP Accredited), Honoured Batchelor of Science (BSc Hons); integrating Vipassana - Mindfulness / phenomenology / Existentialist and Mentalization ideas within Systemic Thinking (The home of Solution Focused Therapy).
  • CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (3rd Wave / Mindfulness based), studied with a focus on Trauma therapies (TFCBT).
  • Trauma Therapy: "Rewind" practitioner, (trained directly by Dr Muss). An effective way to quickly relieve traumatic feelings.
  • Diploma: Systemic Counselling, (Solution Focused constructivist, Modernist strategic / structural, and Post-modern non-pathologising theory - integrating IFS theory and practices).
  • Diploma: Psychotherapeutic Counselling, (Solution Focused, Humanistic, and traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapies).
  • Integrative Studies: i.e. Three Routes of Counselling (Traditional: Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavioural Therapies).
  • Metacognition: Embedding the Self in Culture: Brain plasticity and how to achieve it for self-development at the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.
  • Vipassana Practice (Mindfulness stress reduction and coping tequniques): Experiential acceptance and commitment training and consultation. This involves the therapeutic use of "metta balm" consciousness and compassion focused strategies; useful for therapeutic work with craving / compulsion, depression, anxiety and trauma.
  • Relationship Rescue. Workshop delivered ideas and technique for couples counselling.
  • Conflict Resolution Practices. Basic human relations training for both private and social practice (relationship mediation and coaching).
  • EMDR. Workshop for stress reduction by using left and right consciousness'.
  • EFT. Workshop for stress reduction by using meridian points, pressure and the energies contained inside the body.
  • Intrusive Thoughts & The Critical Inner Voice. Workshop influenced by IFS ideas.
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained) Suicide Prevention trained + updated.

My Aim

My aim is to allow these factors within counselling sessions to co-create ways for empathic understandings together with clients unique choices and healing process, as the relational aspects develop.

My experience

As a counsellor my professional experience has enabled me to deal with the wide range of presenting issues. My speciality is finding and working with the trauma that often is the root of other issues that communicate as symptoms. This means I am used to working with a wide range of presenting problems. e.g. General Public / Private, Mind, Doctor referrals / Hospital referrals, Social issues, and also referrals from other counsellors. All this is complimentary to a wide scope of transferable skills and understandings from my work as a staff mentor where I coached to cope with difficulty and stress. My work / personal life experience have taken me to a broad array of demographics / contexts / and situations where counselling / coaching skills and knowledge have been key.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Non-Voyeuristic Counselling,
  • Emotional Dissolution (relief),
  • It has all contribute to who I am, but is it really me?
  • Inner children, others - influence bound.
  • Excessive Shame / Guilt.
  • Living with the effects of medical birth,
  • Living with Asthma and / or Allergies.


Professional Fees are generally set with other counsellor / psychotherapists in the demographic but are negotiable depending on circumstances and availability

Session price guide [Individuals £45, Couples £55] (travel or additional services are not included in price).

Fees may vary depending on the practice requirements and times [pre arrange].

Typically sessions are 1 full hour limited duration but can be negotiated to a suited relational and practical frequency during our meetings.  Extended and back to back sessions can be arranged to benefit specific contexts such as Single Session Therapy for trauma reconstruction, more deeply focused work along with confidential relationship workshops.

My Services - for individuals or couples

  • Single Session Therapy, (back to back hours in one session): to attend crisis for individual trauma or for relationship /maintenance / repair workshops.
  • Short Term Therapy, (up to 5 sessions).
  • Brief Therapy (6-12 sessions).
  • Long-term Relational Counselling (unlimited sessions).

Limited number of low cost sessions to students and potential charitable causes (daytime only).

More about my position as a counsellor can be seen on my website link at the top of this page.  Otherwise, please contact me with any queries, if a pre-session chat may be useful to you (free of charge), before booking an appointment.

Safety: Please be mindful about the disclosure sensitive information within emails / texts.

I feel privileged to work with adults who have made it their own decision to enter a counselling relationship, being useful for their self and relational well-being.

Locations: Counselling in Cwmbran NP44 (day and evenings) or Newport central NP20 [a private room (daytime only 11am - 1pm limited spaces). Please clearly state the location required.

Further information

Therapeutic results

  • Therapeutic results come about via dialogue or with additional experiential practices to free-up the system.
  • The focus can be on a particular issue or with multiple aspects of the relational system.
  • Work with the counsellor and client within a collaborative value-based system.
  • Manifest beneficial results with both males and females of varying ages.

Enhanced Public Child and Adult DBS clearance is in place.

  • Telephone counselling is a last resort option for senior citizens / disabled and in the event of online drop-out.
  • Internet counselling coming soon.

Maps & Directions

Newport, NP20
Cwmbran, NP44

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: English speaking only, apologies.


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


>Individuals & Couples: Please email first with the time/s you would prefer to attend sessions. e.g. Day / evening week days.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme