Linda is an integrative psychotherapist, and has been trained in a variety of therapy approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioural, Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, and Solution Focused. She is certified in Clinical Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. She originally trained in the United States, and received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Counsellor in a variety of settings both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, including Universities, private practice, substance abuse clinics, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centres, and prisons. In the U.K., Linda is the Programme Leader for the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies) programme at the University of Salford, Manchester, where she is a lecturer and researcher. She has conducted and published psychological research, holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Academic Practice (University of Salford) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught psychology courses and offered psychotherapy and counselling workshops in numerous settings.
Linda does not believe that one theoretical approach is best for all clients, psychological difficulties, and circumstances. She prefers to formulate an individualized counselling treatment plan in conjunction with client preferences, expectations, and consent. She is respectful of individual differences and appreciates diversity. She has a special interest in BME, International, and Gender issues, and advocates for equality and human rights. Her other areas of specialized interest include people who have been subjected to undue influence in abusive relationships or groups (including cults), trauma (including sexual trauma), eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, and depression. She is interested in the application of IT technology to counselling.
Linda's approach to counselling focuses on how people change and enhancing motivation toward meeting personal goals. She believes that changes occur in stages, at different levels, and through various processes, and she tailors counselling interventions accordingly. She believes that the counselling relationship is integral to helping clients to grow. Linda has felt inspired by her clients' resilience and abilities to overcome many extremely difficult experiences and relationships.
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