About Katie

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I began training as a counsellor in 2009 and qualified in summer 2013, but I’ve been volunteering in the area of mental health for well over a decade. I started out visiting local youth clubs with a home made display on eating disorders when I was 17, and despite going on to study a variety of different subjects including occupational therapy and physics (not at the same time!) at university, I eventually came back to mental health. From 2010 onwards I have volunteered with, and more recently worked for, NIWE Eating Distress Service, variously as a trustee, campaigner and counsellor. I also do some training and awareness events for them in local schools, colleges, and other educational and health organisations.

Alongside eating disorders I really enjoy working with young people, and my second placement during my counselling training was at a local high school. I worked a lot with students struggling with self harm, bullying and abuse, anxiety and depression. I also have experience of working with self harm and issues around abuse outside of my counselling training.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (under my full name, Kathleen Marie Linden). This means that I meet the standards the BACP say are necessary for a counsellor to be an ethical and effective practitioner. The code of ethics I work to which is set out by the BACP can be found here.

A note about my qualifications: it is common for counsellors to qualify after a two year diploma or foundation degree. I took this route, finishing my foundation degree with the University of Sunderland in 2013. I then continued with another University of Sunderland course designed to ‘top-up’ my qualification to a full Bachelor of Arts – hence, qualifying to work as a counsellor in 2013 but not completing my degree until a year later. I gained my BA with First Class Honours in summer 2014. I’ve since completed an MSc in Psychology and have just finished a Masters of Research in Psychology.

When I’m not counselling I can be found messing about with my telescope, taking photographs of the bridges over the Tyne, or trying not to melt my eyebrows with my fire poi.

Curriculum Vitae

Experience
2013 – present: Counsellor in private practice.
2010 – present: NIWE Eating Distress Service, trustee, counsellor & public speaker.
2012 – 2013: Heaton Manor School, volunteer counsellor
2011 – 2011: Barnardos, Pyramid Club Leader (supporting children identified as vulnerable).

Education
2016 – 2017 MRes Psychology (result TBC) – Northumbria University
2015 – 2016 MSc Psychology, Distinction – Northumbria University
2011 – 2014: BA (Hons) Counselling, First Class – University of Sunderland.
2010 – 2011: Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory – NCFE.
2010 – 2010: Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – CPCAB.
2005 – 2006: University Certificate in Rehabilitation Studies – Bournemouth University.