Linda K. Berkeley

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in West Berkshire

I am an Anglo-American, BABCP fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), BACP registered, and a Counselling Psychologist in training at the end of training. I worked for 8.5 years in NHS IAPT services and prior to that, in substance misuse services.

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My Experience

Choosing the therapist who is right for you is not easy and I hope the information here will help you make this important decision. Your therapist begins with you as a complete stranger and you are preparing to tell them not just your story but share intimate details about your life. I congratulate you for having the courage to take the first step and contacting MGM Psychology.

I aim to create a safe and secure space where you can feel comfortable, while we work on your issues.

When we meet, we will spend the first session discussing any questions you may have about therapy, how I work, what brought you to see me, and what you think is going to be helpful to you.

You are the expert on yourself an only you can decide what might work for you. We will form a plan together, perhaps over the course of two to three sessions, of how we can proceed, and what we collaboratively believe is going on for you.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-graduate Diploma Merit in Evidenced-Based Psychological Therapies (Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading)
  • MSc. Distinction Psychological Therapies (Queen Mary College, University of London)
  • MSc. Psychological Counselling (London Metropolitan University)
  • BSc. Hons. in Psychology (University of Surrey, Guildford)
  • B.A English (Schiller International University)
  • Completed advanced level training in Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Certificate in Group Facilitation, the Gestalt Centre, London
  • Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation in CBT for Children and Adolescents qualification (CBT C&A AAC)
  • Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) in Clinical Supervision (CSAccred. AAC)
  • BPS Level A & B Qualification in Psychometric Testing

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
  • British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
  • Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)
  • Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Divisions 17, 49, & 50

WHO I WORK WITH

I am highly experienced in working with depression, all types of anxiety, OCD, trauma and complex trauma, substance misuse, trichotillomania and other bodily focused repetitive behaviours, trust issues, eating disorders, personality issues, fear, hearing voices (stable on medication), and anything else you can bring to therapy of any severity.

I work with children and adolescents (age 11 up) and adults of any age, people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, those who have left high demand organisations (cults), substance misusers, people on the autistic spectrum, and those with learning difficulties.

I am also able to provide supervision, one-to-one or in groups.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

You will find my practice is based on a humanistic, integrative, pluralistic blending of possibilities from several frameworks, including CBT, Gestalt, Compassion Focused Therapy, ACT, DBT, ideas from psychodynamic practice, with a person-centred, humanistic core.

GROUP WORK, PRESENTATIONS AND COMMITTEES 

  • Lead facilitator for stress management group for the NHS.
  • Designed and co-facilitated NHS group for social anxiety.
  • Lead facilitator for group for affected others of substance misusers.
  • Yearly guest lecturer on Becoming a Counselling Psychologist, University of Portsmouth
  • Discussion panel on cultic groups at the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference, 28 – 29 June 2019.
  • “I’ve not been trained in that!” Workshop at the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference, 28 – 29 June 2019.
  • “Beginning private practice: What you know, what you don’t know, and what you think you don’t know but you do.” This is due to become a BPS workshop in 2021.
  • Paper presentation at the Pluralistic Counselling Psychotherapy Conference, 5 April 2019. “Pluralistic practice in CBT – How does that work?”
  • Presentation to community eating disorders groups.
  • Paper presentation at the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference, 2014. “Where are the CoPs? An exploratory study into the self-efficacy of UK Trainee and Registered Counselling Psychologists in working with substance misuse clients.”
  • Speaker at: Kingston University Careers Events; Inspiring Futures Psychology Career Insight Events at the BPS London; final year psychology students at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, Middlesex.
  • Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference Committee.

AVAILABILITY

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (including Bank Holidays) from 11 am to 9 pm.

Please contact the team for current, specific times available for appointments.

My Clinics

West Berkshire Clinic
The Annex
Rose Cottage
33 Newbury Street
Lambourn, West Berkshire
RG17 8PB

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