A Warm Welcome from Linda Hardy
Counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
based in Glasgow City Centre
We all need support in our life sometimes, or to have space to talk about our concerns.
There could be so many reasons as to why you are reading my page right now. Perhaps you feel stressed or anxious; low in mood or motivation; or feeling grief from a loss or life changing event. You may want to work on being more confident within yourself - perhaps socially, or better able to assert your point of view. Family dynamics or inter-relationships can also cause us concern or distress. It could be that it is hard to even understand how you are feeling, and may well want to make sense of it.
I know it is not easy seeking out a stranger to trust with your thoughts and feelings. If you read my site and think I may be a good fit as your counsellor, my priority is to help you feel safe and at ease throughout our time together.
My name is Linda Hardy. I am an experienced Counsellor & Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), working from a comfortable space in Glasgow City Centre. I am conveniently located right next to Glasgow Central Station, and just a 10 minute stroll away from Glasgow's Queen Street Station.
I qualified with a Masters degree in 2011, and I have been practicing as a counsellor and CBT therapist since then. Beforehand, I worked in various social service settings, supporting people for the majority of my working life.
My Service Could Help You To
- Gain insight about how your thoughts, feelings and reactions impact on you
- Find tools and strategies to help you live with more ease now, and in the future
- Release built up emotions that you have been holding down
- Gain some clarity about how events from the past may be influencing you today
Some of the areas I can help you with
- Grief / bereavement therapy
- Anxiety and stress
- Panic attacks
- Help with addiction (food, alcohol, drugs, gambling)
- Low self confidence / low self esteem
- Depression / feeling sad
- Talking through family issues or within relationships
- Working through emotions, such as anger, guilt or hurt
- Putting undue pressure on yourself
- Going out of your comfort zone
- Be more assertiveClick on the link here for My Service Page.
You can get more information about how I approach my work, and it will enable you to get a clearer understanding of my service to you.
Replying To Your Enquiry
I always aim to reply to any enquiry within 1 working day, and each and every enquiry is answered.
However, it has come to my attention that, due to heightened security from some e-mail providers, that more messages are going directly into junk or spam folders, which also includes direct replies that may be in a chain.
Please do check out your spam or junk folder if you are waiting to hear back from me.
On-Line Therapy Service
As well as an in-person service from my room in Glasgow, an on-line service is also available
There was never any need to contemplate an on-line service prior to the pandemic. After the first lock down in March 2020, there was some scepticism as to whether our service could be as valuable via the internet, as it would be in-person.
However, many of us were somewhat surprised that we can build a strong relationship and rapport using this medium, and provide effective therapy. It also offers a high degree of flexibility and convenience, and has proven to be a preferred option for many people who would not have contemplated this before the pandemic.
My on-line service is conducted via Zoom, and I would provide our own unique link for us to join each other in the 'therapy room'.
In-Person Counselling in Glasgow City Centre: Taking COVID into consideration
I am aware of the continued need to offer as safe a service as possible due to the continued risks of COVID in our community. My room has been adapted as far as is possible to meet these continued challenges, whilst still providing a warm, welcoming space for us to meet.
I sincerely hope that I will be able to continue to offer an in-person service into the future, but I realise that the situation regarding the pandemic continues to evolve and change; and so I will always be guided by expert advice.
It is understandable if you have concerns about booking an in-person appointment, so please do not hesitate to contact me to ask anything at all about the safeguards that I have in place..
Effects of the Pandemic
As we are 'moving forward' through COVID, it is not uncommon to feel a range of emotions about it. Many people have experienced extreme trauma, grief and loss. Fears and concerns about the future; or about ourselves, our friends and family may be part of your experience right now. Speaking to friends and colleagues, I know that many of us feel a degree of trepidation right now. If you do too, then it is quite normal and natural.
The Samaritans have written a support page (June 2021), which may be helpful to you. It also has a range of further sources of support that can be accessed.
Link to Samaritans COVID Support Page.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you to ask me anything at all.
Click here to read my COVID safeguarding policy
I realise that the cost for private therapy can be difficult financially for many people, so I try my best to factor that in with what I charge.
Sessions typically last for an hour, and are charged at £45 per session. I also offer early evening appointments that can start anywhere between 5 p.m. and 6.30.
Free Half Hour Consultation
It is important that you feel comfortable with whoever you choose as your counsellor. So, I am available for a consultation, free of charge, lasting up to half an hour. This can be either by telephone or on-line via Zoom. (I may occasionally have space to offer this service in-person from my room on a Tuesday or Friday).
The consultation could provide an opportunity to check anything out, or ask any questions about counselling, or what you might expect from the counselling process.
More importantly, it will give you a sense of whether you feel comfortable having me as your counsellor, and there would be no obligation to book a follow-on service.
Please do not hesitate to e-mail me here at Counselling in Glasgow; and indicate that you wish to book this service.
Counselling in Central Glasgow, adjacent to Glasgow Central Station
111 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3TA
My therapy service in Glasgow City Centre is conveniently located right next door to Central Station, and a few minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station. It is also close to other transport links in the city centre, such as Buchanan Street Subway and St. Enoch Subway Stations.
Find me just off Gordon Street, right next door to the Shelter shop, and a couple or so doors away from the Union Street entrance of Central Station.
Having my counselling practice in the centre of the City of Glasgow, it means that my service is easily accessible to outlying towns, such as Stirling, Falkirk, Paisley, East Kilbride, Irvine and Ayr.
Parking for Counselling in Glasgow
If you are driving, there are a range of parking options that are easily accessible.
Map For Car Parks in Central Glasgow
If your work schedule means you can't make daytime appointments, I offer early evening slots starting right up until 6.30 p.m.
Support Yourself Blog
Helping You to Help Yourself
As a therapist, I am passionate about helping people work towards being their own best helper in the future. Indeed, the work we do on ourselves never ends, and is a continuous journey throughout our life.
I have written a range of short articles in Blog format about areas that I believe are common to many of us that may be a source of information and support to you. I will continue to add new content regularly.
Articles currently available are
- Help for Low Mood and Depression
- Understanding and Coping with Bereavement
- Understanding and Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Utilising it into Everyday Life
Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
You may be seeking out a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, or want to know more about what CBT is all about.
I have written a short, accessible blog page that might help you to get a better understanding about CBT. There are some links to external sites that may assist as well.
Please scroll to the bottom of page for updates, and visit Support Yourself' on the menu bar above for an introduction to all of the articles
Join the discussion
Support Yourself is in a Blog Format, so it allows space for comments. Feel free to join the discussion
I will be posting updates regularly about new articles at the bottom of this page - so please do come back again.
Counselling in Glasgow on Facebook
My Facebook page compliments the work I do, and I regularly post articles on my Facebook page that inspire me personally, and that hopefully will inspire others.
Linda Hardy: Counselling in Glasgow Facebook page.
Feel free to engage, comment or share anything featured there.
Thank you for visiting
Please do get in touch to ask anything you want about my service via my e-mail or on the telephone number below.
It is important that you feel at ease with the person you choose to work with you. I regularly have free time during the day in my practice, so if you are seeking a counsellor or CBT therapist in Central Glasgow, feel free to contact me to arrange a time to drop in to meet, for free, for up to half an hour. It will provide an opportunity for me to introduce myself, and the opportunity for you to ask anything you like about my service. There is absolutely no obligation on your part to enter into therapy with me afterwards.
I hope that you have found some of the content on my site useful. Please do come back for updates to my Support Yourself pages.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist & Counsellor in Glasgow Central and on-line
e-mail Counselling in Glasgow