My name is Linda Finlay. I practice as an existential, relational-centred Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor (UKCP registered). Based in York (North Yorkshire, UK) I offer in-person and online psychotherapy.
I am also an academic consultant. In this role, I offer bespoke training, mentoring, and supervision packages on different aspects of relational/existential psychotherapy practice, research, and writing. In my work with the Open University, I teach and have written on various counselling and psychology-related courses.
I am also an international speaker and author best known for my publications (textbooks and articles) on psychotherapy, occupational therapy, and also qualitative, phenomenological research and reflexivity. I am currently the Editor of an online, open-access journal: the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy.
From this brief introduction you will see that I straddle clinical and academic fields. Its important to me that my research and writing is anchored in practice and my practice informed by research. I trust the therapeutic process and how the therapeutic relationship can be harnessed for healing and self-discovery - the topic of all my writings.
A personal reflection:
I hope you're enjoying the display of the three stunning photos at the top of the website. The layers of dark and light (chiaroscuro) seem to me to be symbolic of the rich, sedimented complexity of our human experience. This complexity is also reflected in the psychotherapy process. I remain in awe of the artful way psychotherapists negotiate subtle experiential and relational layers.
[Photos from Unsplash- My thanks to Leo Roomets (for the green water), Lam Janet (rainbow rocks) and Mohammad Alizade (mountains)].
I take data protection and confidentiality seriously. If you contact me by email, I will hold onto your data only while processing your communication. I will not copy, share or use your personal information without your consent. Once you have signed a contract to begin therapy, then please note that personal data and brief notes related to our psychotherapy work are collected. These notes are stored safely and securely. You can have an electronic copy at any point upon request. Our email communications will be deleted after we are no longer working together.