Anne Lindley-French

Anne Lindley-French MBA, MA, MBACP, FHEA

I am a Counsellor working with adults, couples and groups. I developed the Garden Gate program as a result of trying to understand and explain how theory works in practice.

I have a life-long fascination with what makes people, organisations and societies tick, which makes counselling a fascinating and highly rewarding job for me. I am a humanist/atheist who believes in people and an optimist who knows there are difficult times.

I am straight-forward, supportive and highly persistent, which I hope contributes to my ability to work effectively with clients who want to get to the bottom of things and optimise their lives. Prior to developing the Garden Gate Program I founded the Beacon Counselling & Coaching Group and was an Associate Lecturer for trainee counsellors at The Academy: SPACE in Sheffield. I draw on a business and lecturing (business) background and enjoy being self-employed. I live in a large blended family and have spent many years as a lone parent and co-parent.

Over the last 10+ years my clients have been 53% women, 47% men, aged 16 to 73. They have often had counselling before, and return to get to the bottom of what has troubled them. Some clients have a couple of sessions, others work for a lot longer. Clients sometimes come back years later for a few sessions if something challenging has arisen in their lives. Some clients say they chose me because my face looked friendly, others because they hoped I would also understand business, academia or family breakdown. Most say they were looking for someone they thought would be straight-forward, one said his partner chose me because she felt sure he wouldn’t find me attractive. If you’d like to see what clients say please see some of their feedback and case studies.

My approach to counselling is very straight-forward: I support my clients to move beyond difficulty to a way of life that feels better than they imagined.  I don’t do the hard work, you do, which might be frustrating at times but ultimately makes the work yours, not mine – making me, unnecessary. I know that counselling works (that’s why it’s such a brilliant job) – my aim is for you to discover this too, and to see the results in your life, relationships, studies, work or retirement. All too frequently I am told things that people (especially men) have never shared with their loved ones, things that they have held on to for decades. Breaking that silence can be very scary, but clients say it was worth the risk and they feel so much lighter when the load is shared.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Certificate Number 062545) and am bound by their Ethical Framework on standards and confidentiality.

Qualifications: Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling, Sheffield Hallam University; Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling Skills, Sheffield Hallam University; Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University; Masters in Business Administration, Institut de Management Europeen des Affaires, France; Masters in Politics & Sociology, Edinburgh University.

“The things you have helped me to come to terms with are too many to mention. You have helped my life back on track after losing all those years.”