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Linda | Applied Psychologist, Holistic Health Coach & Social Worker

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Applied Psychologist, Social Worker and Holistic Health Coach Christchurch

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Applied Psychologist, Social Worker and Holistic Health Coach Christchurch

Are you struggling with body image challenges, disordered eating/eating disorders or emotional eating?
Are you looking for therapy and coaching?

I'm Linda, a qualified Applied Psychologist and Holistic Health coach with a special interest in eating and body image difficulties.

  • Are you ready to rebuild your relationship with your body and food?
  • Do you want to overcome the out-of-control and shameful feelings around food?
  • Are you so over hating your body and obsession about your weight?

I get you, because I was you! I know what it feels like to be obsessing over food, to never feel like you’re good enough and to let that fixation take control over your life.

Deep down you know that there’s so much more to life than obsessing over food and your body, but it’s just so hard to get out of it by yourself. And that’s what I’m here for. 

It is my mission to help people ditch diet culture and food guilt & heal their food, body and exercise relationship.

Is this you now?

  • You think constantly about and plan what you eat
  • You do not feel in control around (particular) food
  • You’ve tried almost every kind of diet and none have ‘worked’
  • You feel uncomfortable in your own skin
  • You tell yourself that once your body changes, you will be happier
  • You are overwhelmed by negative self-talk and anxiety
  • You want to stop thinking about food all the time but you don’t know how

And is this what you desire? 

  • Eating ‘normally’ without dieting and with total self-trust around all food
  • No longer obsessed with food and weight loss – able to focus on bigger, better things in life
  • Feeling comfortable, confident, and at home in your body – no matter what it looks like
  • Feeling confident and happy again

About me

My name is Linda and I am originally from the Netherlands and I live with my partner from the UK in New Zealand.

I hold an Applied Psychology degree and I have spent the majority of my career on supporting children, youth and adults in the area of emotional health and well-being.

In 2020/2021, I studied at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Health Coach and decided to turn my own 5+ years- mess into a message for others struggling. I want to help others to overcome their body and food struggles and so my business was born.

I love self- development, travelling, mountain biking, full-body workouts, Yin Yoga, tennis and sharing my humour! 

What will you achieve from my help?

  • Be able to eat foods with moderation, without restricting, binging or emotional eating
  • Silence your inner mean voice and respect and love yourself again
  • No more stress or guilt around food
  • Moving your body because it feels good, not because you have to
  • Believe that your body is good exactly as it is in the here and now
  • Get out of the all-or-nothing thinking trap

We will do this by focusing on the emotional factors behind your habits and together work on building a healthier mindset and lifestyle.

Our conversations will go beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as relationships, career, and  movement.

I will empower you to take charge of your health and provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness.

I’m there for you every step of the way!


Find out more & start your journey by scheduling an initial FREE 20-min discovery call. Send me an email at linda@therapycounselling.com.

Look forward to connecting with you,

Linda

Online therapy

Online coaching sessions from the comfort of your home. It's for anyone who has limited access to support, time constraints or other obstacles. Online coaching is also very effective for those who are anxious about seeing a professional. 

 

Qualifications and registrations

I hold an Applied Psychology degree and I have spent the majority of my career on supporting children, youth and adults in the area of emotional health and well-being.

In 2020/2021, I studied at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Health Coach.

Specialisations

  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Disordered eating
  • Emotional eating
  • Binge eating
  • Over-exercising
  • (Chronic) dieting
  • Intuitive eating coaching
  • Food freedom

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Fees


Discount for blocks of 8 and 12 online sessions - save up to $300 off the cost of support & FREE 20-minute initial discovery call.

You can choose between a package of 4, 8 or 12 sessions depending on where you are at. 
Be aware that your unhelpful relationship with your body and food including limiting beliefs didn’t appear overnight, so it will take some time to reprogram them.

In our free discovery call, we’ll discuss which package option is the best fit for you. All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include VAT. Payment plans are available.

For children/youth between the age of 5 and 24, I can access funding for the first 2-4 sessions. 

Package 1: 

4 therapy/coaching sessions via Zoom, either weekly or fortnightly - $125 per session

Package 2: 

8 therapy/coaching sessions via Zoom, either weekly or fortnightly - $110 per session (saving $180)

Package 3: 

12 therapy/coaching sessions via Zoom, either weekly or fortnightly - $100 per session (saving $300)

All packages include ongoing email/text support between sessions for any questions or concerns that come up in between our sessions. 

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Reviews Applied Psychologist, Social Worker and Holistic Health Coach Christchurch

Below you will find reviews about Applied Psychologist, Social Worker and Holistic Health Coach Christchurch - Linda

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Working with Linda was truly a life changer!

Since the age of 13 I have been aware of my changing body, weight, size, and how it looks. Over 20 years I have spent thinking about food, counting calories being on various diets and trying to change the way my body looks. To no avail. I was never happy no matter how big or small I was.

I was so sick of having my life literally revolve around food. Every thought was constantly consumed by food, how many calories I was eating and then subsequently burning through exercise, what I “should” be eating and avoiding (really, the list could go on forever).

Linda helped me through a process of being so fearful of all foods to being able to genuinely enjoy everything. Linda helped me feel more comfortable with who I was. That I am not what I eat, that food isn’t just for nourishment, but also something you can use to connect with people et cetera. I had always thought that food had no real purpose.

I also learnt that there are NO rules around food. I am now free with food with no judgement and total trust in my body. I now know that I am more than my weight. My body will go through changes, but the type of person I am will stay with me forever.

This work I was doing for myself will help my children in the future. I can also teach them how to listen to their bodies and nourish them. Working with Linda was truly a life changer!

| Christchurch | 21 Feb 2022
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Great support

Talking to Linda is like chatting to a friend and our conversations are relaxed and without judgement.

Linda has helped me to understand why I sometimes turn to food for comfort and now that I have that awareness, I can make different choices.

The process has been really freeing for me. It is a great feeling to have no restrictions on the types of food I eat. I now eat delicious food at nearly every meal (but sometimes life gets in the way!).

I have been getting mentally stronger around food and the way I see myself. My self-talk is much kinder than it used to be as I no longer berate myself for my food choices. I have also noticed that I have more energy all throughout the day and generally feel much happier.

I have changed my reason for exercising too, it is now for the way it makes me feel instead of burning calories. I love it so much more!

This isn’t a quick fix. There is still work to be done to undo the 35 years of mental and physical damage that diet culture has instilled, but I know that I have great support in Linda.

| Christchurch | 10 Jan 2022
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It has been transformative in my life

The coaching sessions with Linda has honestly been transformative in my life.

 

Linda has helped me accept how I am right now rather than feeling like I have to lose weight. I’m now able to go days without thinking negatively about my body, rather than thinking about it and feeling upset 24/7.

 

I now feel freedom around food and exercise. I understand that I do not have to force myself to exercise which has brought back my motivation and my enjoyment.

 

I now focus on exercise for how I feel, rather than trying to change how I look.


| Dunedin | 13 Oct 2021
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I have learned so much about myself

I have found working with Linda really valuable, I have learned so much about myself!

She really understands what it's like to struggle with food and body image. I have a completely new perspective on life.

| 9 Jun 2021
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