With a passion and enthusiasm for helping people with emotional difficulties I use a combination of therapeutic theories to help people overcome a wide range of problems, including solution focussed theory, attachment theory and sensorimotor psychotherapy. By using relaxation techniques to help people regulate their emotions, I encourage people to experience their emotions in the present time and to process them more appropriately.

I have a sensitive but firm approach, believing that each person has a unique way to solve and overcome their difficulties. I strive to assist each person or family group to find their own way and strongly believe that if I can assist them to achieve this in a short time, then the success speaks for itself.

With over 26 years’ experience working as a counsellor I began this journey in 1989 with Relate where I gained my certificate in couple counselling, working with adults who were experiencing relationship difficulties; including bereavement, family breakdown, poor communication, newly structured families, depression, sexual counselling, and domestic violence. Upon completing additional training I worked with individual young people in a number of primary and secondary schools, covering a wide range of childhood mental health issues, including school phobias, self-harming, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, anger management and child protection issues.

For many years I have worked in a GP's practice, counselling people of all ages with a variety of issues, most commonly anxiety and depression. During this time I also provided ongoing support to foster carers as part of a psychology service with futureminds. I am a co-founder of futureminds, which also forms part of my private practice, based in Ashby de la Zouch; working with both children, adolescents, adults and families.

I also have experience within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), which is a multi-disciplinary team where team members can exchange ideas and work together to help children and their families. Collectively the team has a high level of success in helping those children with attention and concentration difficulties, or communication problems such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to develop more control and have the ability to lead a normal life, without the need for medication.

More recently, I am working as part of a specialist team helping children who exhibit sexualised behaviour and/or are recovering from sexual abuse within Nottinghamshire. I have additional involvement in facilitating a counselling group for parents of young children in Leicestershire, helping them to build their coping skills and manage emotions, particularly anxiety and depression. Finally, I am also involved in initiating support for staff and young people in a foster care system using attachment theory and solution focussed strategies.

Living and working in the Midlands for most of my life with three grown up children who live independently, and a young Granddaughter.

I have regular training and supervision as a professional counsellor, maintain confidentiality within agreed boundaries and I am registered with MBACP who provide an ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

I am particularly interested in helping families with young children with difficult behaviours with an aim to prevent a mental health referral and also help teenagers experiencing strong feelings regulate their emotions.

I am able to offer appointments in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire and Swadlincote, Derbyshire as a private practitioner. I typically offer 50 minute sessions weekdays, between 9am and 5pm, although I can also be available evenings and weekends, by arrangement.

For more information please phone 07971038741 or alternatively email linda.pike09@gmail.com

Linda Pike
Child and Family Counsellor