Counselling and Consultancy
I am a loss, grief and bereavement counsellor, educator, supervisor and author based in Melbourne, Australia who has worked in the field of loss and grief for over 35 years.
Education and training
Critical incident stress management
Grief is a Camino like no other. It’s a pilgrimage to acceptance. Sometimes it’s solitary and sometimes there are companions. And sometimes we need another, who has experience of the way, to point us along a path that is kind. May it light parts of your way.
Ailsa PiperAustralian Author of Sinning Across Spain, Co-Author of The Attachment.
Grief a Pilgrimage reflects for me a spiritual journey. Linda’s spirituality can best be described as being fully present with what is. The connectedness with her sister, and those around her is very uplifting. It gives a sense of transcendence, even in the deepest anxiety and grief. The book is a beautiful and rich integration of not only her personal experience, but Linda’s professional background and artistic poetic and photographic expression of what it means to love, and lose. Grief a Pilgrimage reflect the power and value of journaling, the same way Merton’s personal accounts do. The book is consoling. It shines a new light on my own grief pilgrimages and cracked my rock.
Sylvia Grevel MAWriter, Lecturer on Contemporary Spirituality,Art and Spiritual CareResearcher Innovation of Spiritual Care, Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
In this wonderfully illuminating book, Linda Espie explores all the nuances and shapes of grief, from an unwelcome weight to a transformative gift and teacher. Grief a Pilgrimage incorporates memories, journal entries, prose and photography – tools which enable Espie to poignantly reflect on the loss of her much-loved sister and the insights she has gained from grief. Espie’s inner pilgrimage encourages us to reflect on our own journey in life, and inspires us to continue on the path of healing and self-discovery.
Brook FischerCo-Founder of Rainbow Connection Grief Support GroupParis, France.
Grief a Pilgrimage offers a unique perspective on grief. Combining reflections and experiences from her own life as a bereaved person and counsellor, Linda Espie takes us on a journey of self-discovery, sharing wisdom about life, love, and loss.
Allan Kellehear, PhD., FAcSSEmeritus ProfessorUniversity of Bradford, EnglandHonorary Professor in Family MedicineDivision of Palliative Care, McMaster University Medical School, Canada.
A person-centred philosophy
Meeting the unique needs of any individual, family or group.
Many people seek counselling to gain assistance and support regarding a variety of concerns which may be impacting of their overall sense of well-being. This can arise through experiencing a personal crisis, loss and grief, or some difficult challenges or concerns.
My experience as a psychotherapist leads me to believe that most people respond in understandable ways to challenges they face and in turn have the capacity with themselves to develop greater insights and ways of adapting to and living with various experiences.
The influences and theories that underpin the way that I work are drawn from a variety of areas studied including person centred, relational and self-awareness exploration, Jungian, Gestalt and Existential Psychology and Art Therapy.
Experiential Art Therapy
A Way to be supported to tell the Story
I am trained in Experiential Creative Art Therapy, which encompasses a rich breadth of ways to engage individuals and explore their experience through the creation of their own unique works. Whether by drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, journaling, or using a sand tray, art therapy provides valuable insights into your own story.
Linda has provided loss and grief education to doctors, nurses, funeral staff, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers, school principals, police, fire fighters, funeral directors, religious and various other health care professionals as well as the general community. She provided lectures and workshops in Japan annually for over 12 years.
Topic areas which Linda educates in include:
Grief, loss and bereavement
Group crisis intervention - debriefing and defusing
Grief and terminal/chronic illness
Loss, grief and disability
Disability, aging and grief
Compassion Fatigue, stress and burnout
Separation and divorce impacts on children
Sudden and traumatic death
Suicide bereavement impacts on children and young people
Impact of death on the family
Impact of death on children and young people
Miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death
Developing and delivering grief support groups
The above are examples of art therapy, including textiles, collage, painting, drawing and photography. These are displayed with permission by the art makers and were collected from counselling and education workshop experiences.
Every person has an important story, a story valid in all aspects, a story which deserves to be told, received and held with the deepest respect of another.
More about Linda
Linda Espie (BA, GradDip SocSc, GradDip HSA, GradD ArtT, AdvDip Gestalt T.) is a loss, grief and bereavement counsellor, educator, supervisor and consultant in Melbourne, Australia who has worked in the field of loss and grief for 35 years. She is highly regarded in the field of loss and grief.
Linda works in Private Practice part time and is currently working in counselling and education in a community based Palliative Care service. She previously worked as a counsellor at Carers Victoria, was the manager of Client Support Services in a Melbourne Palliative Care service and was the Executive Officer at the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation Australia (now CIMA).
Linda was a foundation member of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support organisation (SANDS Victoria), and was one of two consultants employed to establish the Centre for Grief Education (now Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement)and she worked at the Centre for 5 years as the Coordinator of Education and Training.
Linda worked on the establishment of Support After Suicide and provided counselling to children, young people and adults bereaved through suicide as well as facilitating suicide bereavement group work and education. She established a nurse support program in a rural Hospital in Victoria and provided group and individual sessions for over 13 years.
Linda has worked as an educator and trainer for many organisations including Victoria Police and Life Line Australia, various Hospitals, Universities and in community health, welfare and education settings. Her lecture areas include – grief and bereavement, sudden and traumatic death, suicide bereavement, miscarriage, perinatal death, children and adolescents and grief and bereavement, disability, parental separation and divorce and compassion fatigue and burnout and anticipatory grief. She travelled to work in Japan annually for 12 years providing lectures and workshops.
Linda is also a photographer who has had three exhibitions in Melbourne. Linda curated the “A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton” from the Collections of the Thomas Merton Center at Ballarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky USA in 2013.
Linda is the author of five publications relating to the areas of grief, loss, bereavement and illness. See the Publications Page for more information.