My name is Linda Lawler and I am a UKCP accredited integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. I have worked for many years with people who reflect the richness of the diversity of the city I have lived in for over 30 years, Leicester. My interest in counselling and psychotherapy was triggered in the 1990’s when working in the charitable and voluntary sectors with vulnerable men and women with severe personality and mental health problems. This work led me to train as a Social Worker, followed by a challenging but equally stimulating and interesting career in the Probation Service.
Training and working as a counsellor and psychotherapist I have learned the value of having someone on your side who will try their level best to understand your experience without judgement whilst maintaining an open and genuine relationship with you. I have found from those who I have worked with over the years, and from personal experience, that a therapeutic relationship can be transformative. It is through the eyes of another that we learn to see ourselves anew and self-acceptance becomes possible; which in turn is the vehicle towards personal growth and change.
My aim is to help clients accept the things they can’t change or find the inner strength to change the things they can. I see that understanding ourselves better gives us a sense of having more control over our lives and to learn new ways to cope with everyday problems. I encourage clients to explore new ways of thinking and being and to consider alternative perspectives on life and relationships.
I gained valuable insight having worked for a local charity that provides Counselling for Male Survivors of Sexual abuse; an Associate Independent Practitioner at Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy (RHCP); and working for a Local Authority Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
Where I work
In addition to working in the city centre as an Associate Independent Practitioner with RHCP, my private practice is based on the ground floor of my property close to Leicester City Centre. There is ample parking in the residential street.
I understand it is sometimes hard to make the first step towards seeking help. You will receive a warm welcome in a safe and private space. I see that it is really important that you feel in control of the process and I will endeavour to help you to decide what is the best way forward for you at our initial meeting, for which there is no charge.
Initial assessments and session charges
If you feel that I could help you and you’d be interested in us working together please give me a call or send me a message through my contact page.
I’ll arrange to have a chat with you on the phone to find out more about you and to answer any initial questions you might have. At that point, if you feel you’d like to have an initial assessment appointment, we can arrange a suitable date and time. Assessment sessions last up to an hour and are free of charge.
Individual sessions last 50 minutes and cost £50
Couples sessions last 75 minutes and cost £60
It is important that clients feel comfortable with a particular therapist or counsellor. It takes time to build trust in a relationship but sometimes we sense a particular person is not right for us either at the first meeting or after a couple of sessions. I encourage clients to decide for themselves if I am the right person. Therefore, I offer a free initial 60-minute appointment so you can see if my approach works for you and for us both to decide if I am the right person to help you. Equally, in your best interest I will say if I feel unable to offer the help that is needed and may suggest other avenues of support or other therapists that may be more appropriate/suitable for your needs.
My aim is to provide a safe space in which clients feel able to explore their personal difficulties and find a way through these for themselves. I see it’s really important that I understand what each client is hoping to achieve through counselling and that we work together in a way and at a pace that feels right to them.
My role is to help clients through this process without judgment or telling them what to do. If I think it would be helpful, I may provide information or offer suggestions. I work in collaboration with clients on specific goals discussed at the initial assessment. Throughout our time together we will review progress towards an ending based on an agreed number of sessions or if the therapy is open ended periodical reviews of progress will be part of the process.
After our initial assessment meeting, each session is shaped by your needs at that time. If I think it will be of benefit to you, I may use creative methods from time to time as I have found these to be beneficial in the process of self-discovery.
In the mid 1990s I trained for two years in Psychodynamic Theory and Counselling at Leicester University’s Vaughan College. Following this, I trained and qualified as a social worker.
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy methods to work with individuals and groups for people trying to make positive changes in their thinking and behaviour and improve the quality of their lives and relationships.
Having enjoyed a 20-year career in the statutory sector I decided to train in Relational and Developmental Integrative Psychotherapy at post-graduate level for four years at the renowned Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham.
I have achieved an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy .
In addition, I regularly undertake additional learning through Continuing Professional Development events/workshops:
- Transactional Analysis.
- Working with Creative Methods
- Working with Trauma and Neuroscience
- Complicated grief