Linda Blair

Clinical Psychologist, Author & Journalist

Linda is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Scientist & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She has worked in both the NHS & private practice for over 35 years offering cognitive behavioural therapy & mindfulness in particular. Her areas of particular interest include stress, ageing & family/relationship issues.

Linda writes a weekly column for The Telegraph & has contributed extensively to The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times & Psychologies Magazine. Linda is frequently asked by the BPS to provide media comment. She is an acclaimed author, having published five books, her latest two being Siblings & The Key to Calm.

Linda trained at Harvard & the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Linda's Session

It’s all too easy to underestimate the psychological impact of retiring. For so many years, structures and schedules have provided your direction, and titles and deadlines have defined your purpose. What happens when these no longer frame your life?

Retirement can, and should, be the most enjoyable time you’ll ever know. You’ll have the opportunity to (re)discover your passions and enthusiasms, and you’re now at liberty to set the pace as well as your priorities.

Linda’s aim is to introduce the psychological issues you’ll want to consider carefully as you move into a new way of living.

The early days
What are the best ways to make a successful transition from full-time work? How long should this take? What is the ‘six-week dip’, and how can you avoid it?

Finding balance
What’s the best way to create structure, while at the same time allowing for freedom and spontaneity? What’s the difference between ‘being’ and ‘doing’, and why is this so important?

Rediscovering ‘flow’
You want to spend your time in ways that will give you the most enjoyment and meaning. How can you find those ways?

Setting up a new base
What’s the best way to establish a place at home that feels like it’s really your own?
How do you go about forging new and better relationships with your partner, family, and friends, while at the same time allowing each the space they need?

Linda will introduce these topics in discussions, and there will also be opportunities for one-to-one time throughout the day.