Linda Thomson

B Arts, Social Science, Human Services, M Couns, M Social Work, Member – AASW.

Linda Thomson has worked in the area of mental health and human services in various roles  including managerial roles for over 15 years since completing a degree in Human Services in  1998.

In 2005, she completed her Masters of Couselling and was able to combine her extensive work history in the area of mental health with her passion for counselling in her work environment.  In the last six years she has worked across two different not for profit counselling organisations, including Anglicare, Kinections as a program co-ordinator (line manager) and senior counsellor responsible for supervising the counselling services provided by counsellors, social workers and psychologists to children, couples and families to referred to the services.  Linda has always had a passion  for helping people to over come obstacles in their lives to enable them to reach their full potential.   She has worked with couples to enhance relationship intimacy, improve communication and managing family issues. Linda works with strategies such as mindfulness, schema therapy, family therapy, grief and loss, narrative therapy and motivational interviewing.

Areas of Expertise/Specialised Training  and Interest

Linda’s special interest includes helping people through the pain associated with grief and loss, life transitions, separation, trauma and emotional issues and has incorporated many different counselling therapies into her integrated practice. Some are outlined below.

Mindfulness – ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

How is ACT/Mindfulness helpful in therapy ? ACT teaches people to:

  • Learn to observe one’s thoughts without judgment
  • See thoughts as just thoughts, not facts
  • changing people’s relationship to their pain to become unstruck
  • develop a healthier understanding of self development
  • healing people’s relationships with themselves so they are able to fully engaged in other relationship.
  • Managing/reducing  anxiety by stopping the struggle with your thoughts.

Linda has completed training in this area to an advanced level and attended many of the master classes that have being offer in this field covering such topic as ACT and working with depression and anxiety, borderline personality disorder, working with self identity as well as trauma and mindfulness.  Linda has found that ACT therapy to be very successful in treating clients with any kind of sexual issues that is anxiety based.

Grief and Loss Therapy

Linda has studied this subject at a Master’s level and has a broad understanding of  the theoretical interventions. Working in this field and in-depth training has enabled her to provide compassion to be able to help people through what can be extremely unsettling and difficult times in their lives. Linda has written a manual for supporting Maori people through bereavement.  Grief and Loss is something that will affect all of us at some stage and way in  of our lives and we all have very  individual responses to grief and loss.  It is a powerful human experience encompassing all aspects of a person eg biological, psychological, spiritual and social.   Loss can be anevent happening to us , a process  of adjustment to an interpretation, an experience or a state.  Loss is produced by an event which is perceived to be negative by the individuals involved and results in long-tern changes to one’s social situations, relationships or cognitions (Miller & Ormarzui1988) (p.12). Grief is the emotional  response to loss. The complex amalgam of painful affects including sadness, anger, helplessness, guilt and despair(p33) Raphael(1984).  Grief and loss can be very relevant at the moment to people whom are currently facing redundancy and may be need in assistance with the major live transitions and grief  that they are facing.

Chronic pain management / Lifestyle related illness

Whilst completing her final master’s of social work, Linda became involved in the lifestyle management and prevention program in a hospital setting and wrote a conference paper of the subject of the benefit of support groups for people suffering from  heart failure   The life style prevention and management  program focused on the management of chronic health conditions such as heart failure, lifestyle dietetics and helping people to adapt to their changed circumstances, mindfulness has been founded to be powerful counselling intervention in this area, a technique that Linda has incorporated into her counselling practice.   Together in therapy, we helped to improve your motivation to maintaining an adapted lifestyle and embrace the positives that may bring as well as helping to accept the losses that may that occurred as a result of the illness.

Schema Therapy

Is based on the following four main concepts. Concepts of Schema therapy include: early Maladaptive Schemas, Schema Domains, Coping Styles and schema modes

  • Early Maladaptive Schemas: They are around 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas which deals with self-defeating, core themes or patterns that keep repeating throughout ones lives.
  • Schema Domains: The 5 Schema Domains mostly relate with the basic emotional needs of a child. When these schemas are not met in childhood, they tend to lead the person to unhealthy life patterns. The 18 schemas are grouped into 5 broad schema domains, on the basis of which core needs the schema is related to.
  • Coping Styles: Coping Styles are the ways in which a child adapts with damaging childhood experiences. For example, some children surrender to their schemas while some find ways to block out or escape from pain. In such cases in order to escape from pain, some children fight back while the other overcompensates.
  • Schema Modes: Schema Modes are moment-to-moment emotional states that a man passes through and coping responses that one experience during such times. Often these schema modes are triggered by life situations that we are oversensitive to emotional buttons. Many of these schema modes lead to over reactions to situations or act as such ways that end up hurting oneself.

How does Schema Therapy help ?

The goals that Schema Therapy can behold are: it can stop patients to stop using maladaptive coping styles and thus get back in touch with their core feelings, as well to heal early schemas and learn to flip out of self defeating schema modes as quickly as possible and in the end to get the emotional needs that could be met in everyday life.

Clinical Supervision for Therapists/ Social Workers

I have over six years experience as a line manager of  multi-disciplinary teams in the field  of counselling.  These teams were/are  responsible for  delivering quality therapy in very  complex situations requiring family therapy, couples counselling and children’s counselling.  In my role as clinic manager I am required to oversee the quality of these services as well as offer  personally counsellor that more complexed family/individuals  situations that require my years of experience and  expertise as the senior counsellor.  In these roles for two different organisational, a strong component of the roles was offering psychologists, counselors/therapist in many  different  modalities  clinical supervision.  This requires the ability to be knowledgeable  in many different modalities and to have the flexibility to be able to adapt and tailor your supervision style to meet/inspire the individual team member whom you are supervising.  Linda has also tailored training in supervision to met the individual needs of the  organization requiring the training.

Phone and Skype counselling

I am excited to be able to offer you therapy via the latest technology.   Given the pressure of modern living it may suit you not to leave the comfort and convenience of your home and office but still be able to access good quality therapeutic care with a fully trained and experience psychotherapist.  Busy executives, active parents, high profile figures, those challenged by pain, individuals who travel, live in remote areas and those who suffered from anxiety, are just a few of the situations that are highly suitable for phone or Skyping. Given the highly sensitive nature of sex therapy some people may feel more comfortable accessing assistance through phone or Skyping but if people are want counselling in the more traditional setting our offices is a private, inviting and relaxing environment with ample parking and easy accessibility.

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To book an appointment with Psychotherapist Linda Thomson, please call the office on 1800 877 924 or book online now!