Affordable Therapy Concepts with

Linda O’Hern

Ample House, Lincolnshire
0152 253 5555
lindaohern@gmail.com

Affordable Therapy Concepts (ATC) is here to offer facilitation of difficult and painful change processes whether that is through choice or imposition.

Everyone that chooses Linda to facilitate them through change is encouraged to take
responsibility for their choices and decisions with regard to the way ahead so they empower themselves to find meaning and purpose to their therapy.

This is achieved by offering open communication, clear contracting, boundaries, ethical practice and professionalism. Linda is able to offer facilitation to individuals, couples, families or groups as they come to terms with different situations and they can do this in a variety of ways at affordable prices. Please see the Services page for further information.

One of the key things to remember about any difficult situation is you will rarely be
alone in experiencing the issues you are; so, talking in groups whilst it can feel scary
initially can be an incredibly enabling and supportive experience. Whether that be in
an educational or therapeutic setting and reduces the cost of attaining support.

QUALIFICATION & BACKGROUNd
ATC is run by Linda O’Hern a Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is
guided by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and United
Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA) Codes of Ethics.
It is important to get to know and trust your therapist or supervisor, so please read the About Us page to learn about her qualifications, background and approach to working with clients.

Whether you’re looking for personal or couples’ psychotherapeutic or counselling sessions, group therapy, psycho-educational classes, supervision or mediation, Linda offers a professional and sensitive service in a safe and confidential environment.
If you feel that you need to talk to someone about any personal issue, social problem or learning and development need, she is happy to help.
To ensure she provides the highest standard of service to clients, Linda attends Clinical Supervision and Continuing Professional Development training. This enables her to remain current in her work, supported and cared for within the therapeutic setting.

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Worry

What is worry?
Everyone feels worried at some point. You may be worried about things that may or may not happen. For example, being in an accident or sitting an exam.

The problem with worrying.
Feeling worried is normal, however it can be hard to manage and the more you worry the worse it gets. Your body reacts chemically to the fear that worrying creates and a sudden rush of adrenaline (the chemical your body releases when you’re scared) can lead to butterflies in the stomach, a headache or feeling sick. Being unable to cope with worry can incerease your sense of helplessness, reduce your confidence, heighten your sense of vulnerability and fears about feeling unable to cope.

How to deal with worry.
Talking therapy can help you come to a better understanding of your worries. It can support you in doing something about them and find a way to cope.

Depression

What is depression?
Depression is more than feeling unhappy or sad for a few days; it can last for weeks or months. Depression creates low spirit; resulting in everything feeling harder to do and less worthwhile.

How to tell if you’re depressed.
Depression affects different people in different ways, with symptoms including; lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness or losing interest in things you used to enjoy.

How to deal with depression.
Talking treatments are a way to help you through your darkest days. Talking allows you to express your feelings. It allows you to share your stress and create solutions to your problems.

Self-Esteem

What is self-esteem?
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself.
When your self-esteem is low, it is likely you will see yourself and life negatively. You may feel ignored and regard people as the enemy.

The importance of high self-esteem.
Many factors can lower self-esteem; losing a job, a relationship breakup, body image.
If your self-esteem is low it’s important to rebuild it. When your self-esteem is high the world will feel like a good place full of friends, pleasures and opportunities. When you feel happy people will respond to it, reinforcing your self-esteem.

A helping hand.
Communication enables you to release your tensions and talk about your feelings. It is a way to clear your mind of things big or small. It can help you build your self-esteem through reducing stress, setting challenges or finding ways of enjoying yourself. Please feel free to come and talk. Please feel free to come back and talk individually or consider joining a group. Please feel free to come and talk individually or consider joining a group.

Stress

What is stress? 
Stress is something we all encounter; it is the feeling of being under pressure. A little bit of pressure can be a good thing; it can be motivating and improve our performance. Too much pressure can lead to stress. It can cause symptoms such as; lack of sleep and appetite or difficulty concentrating. 

How to tell if you’re stressed.
Stress affects people in different ways. There are many physical symptoms of stress; nervousness, nail biting, restlessness, difficulty sleeping and lack of appetite or over eating. As well as behavioural changes there are also emotional symptoms such as; anger, depression and anxiety. 

How to deal with stress.
Talking therapy can help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours enabling you to find self-help strategies for coping.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

People attend counselling and psychotherapy sessions for many reasons. Perhaps you are dealing with grief or the breakdown of a relationship. Maybe you recognise the need to break unhealthy patterns of behaviour, or you feel angry or upset all the time and are unable to understand the reasoning behind these feelings. You may be unable to understand the emotions you are experiencing so it could be that you feel unhappy, anxious or dissatisfied and want to make a change. 

How can Counselling and Psychotherapy help me?

Our aim is to help you identify the issues that are affecting your life in a negative way, and work with you to resolve these problems. Often our clients feel a great weight is lifted from their shoulders once the roots of a problem have been identified and we can work together to resolve any negative emotions or behaviour.

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

The terms Counselling and Psychotherapy are often used interchangeably.

Though they have similar meanings with considerable overlap, there are some important distinctions between the two that are helpful to keep in mind when looking for a mental health care provider. 

What is Counselling?

Counselling is sometimes known as “talking therapy” it is a conversation or series of conversations between a Counsellor and client. Counselling usually focuses on a specific problem and taking the steps to address or resolve it. Problems are discussed in the present-tense, without too much attention on the role of past experiences.

Counselling tends to focus on relating to and understanding the breath of change and usually the client is still able to function on a normal basis. Whereas psychotherapy offers depth of understanding so that clients can relate to the complexities and seriousness of the changes they need to make in order to benefit their long-term health.

Though the titles “Counsellor” and “Advisor” are often used. Counsellors rarely offer advice. Instead, Counsellors guide clients to find their own answers and support them through the actions they choose to take.
In the UK, Counsellors can be Senior Accredited, Accredited or Registered Members of various Professional Bodies, the largest of which is the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). They can be qualified at Certificate, Diploma, Degree, Post Graduate Counselling Certificate/Diploma, Masters or PhD by satisfying several educational, experience and testing requirements over a period of years.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, like counselling, is based on a healing relationship between a health care professional and client. Psychotherapy, or therapy for short, also takes place over a series of meetings, though often it has a longer duration than counselling.
Some people participate in therapy over several years; constantly or by dipping in and out according to their needs. Therapy can be carried out individually, in couples, families or in groups.

Instead of narrowing in on individual problems, psychotherapy considers overall patterns, chronic issues and recurrent feelings. This requires an openness to exploring the past, its impact on the present and future.

The aim of psychotherapy is to resolve the underlying issues which fuel ongoing issues. Psychotherapists help to resolve past experiences as part of laying the foundation for a satisfying future. Gaping open emotional wounds hurt much like a physical wound would and if they are touched can create incredibly painful responses. Many Psychotherapists are open to and interested in wisdom from a variety of sources, my interest lies with the inner child, adult and parent ego states as discussed by Eric Berne and bringing unconscious processes and learned behaviours into the conscious mind.

Other therapists may be interested in working with bodily reactions or cognitions whatever their interest therapists need to be comfortable working with strong feelings, traumatic memories and addressing therapeutic developmental needs in the relationship.

In the UK Psychotherapists are usually registered through a professional body the largest one is United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP).

Psychotherapists are usually educated to a minimum of Master’s level, have completed a minimum of 160 hours of personal therapy, at least 750 hours of supervised practice hours and a minimum of 750 hours of training. Most have exceeded these targets hugely before they qualify.

How do I Choose Between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

In the UK, Counselling and Psychotherapy are unregulated professions which means you need to be aware of who you choose to work with particularly in the private sector; there are unscrupulous practitioners out there, so you need to check they are qualified, a member of a professional body, have professional indemnity insurance, data protection and a current disclosure and barring certificate.

If you are choosing to see a therapist through an organisation rather than as an individual practitioner; you need to ensure those running the establishment are appropriately qualified, insured and data protected too. As an organisation they will have public liability insurance, support clinical supervision and continuing professional development for all their practitioners and those involved in managing the organisation.

It is incredibly important to check the level of qualification of your practitioner because frequently you pay the same for someone that as limited qualification and experience as you do for those that are well qualified and very experienced.  Be aware therapist is a generic term which can mislead clients to believe practitioners are better qualified than they are. Being qualified in Counselling and Psychotherapy doesn’t necessarily entitle you to practice as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist so please take your time about getting to know who you are choosing to work with.

Providing you are aware, choosing a Counsellor or Psychotherapist should be a straightforward task. Usually the most important aspect is finding someone who is a
good fit for you that is trustworthy and easy to talk with. Research shows that the connection between therapist and client is the most important factor in successful
outcomes.

Scale of Daily Functioning can indicate if you require a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

0 ———————-25%———————-50%———————-75%—————– 100%

0 equals wellness and excellent daily functioning
100% equals severe mental health issues, unwellness and no function.

If you are in the 0 to 25% range – consider talking to family and friends or a trainee Counsellor.
If you are in the 25 to 50% range – consider a well-qualified and experienced Counsellor or Psychotherapist.
If you are in the 50 to 75% range – you are likely to be struggling so consider a Psychotherapist.
If you are in the 75 to 100% range – you need to consult your GP and ask for a psychiatric consultation. You are likely to be offered medication and/or psychotherapy in an NHS setting.

 

 

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People attend counselling and psychotherapy sessions for many reasons. Perhaps you are dealing with grief or the breakdown of a relationship.

Ample House, Lincolnshire
01522 535555
atconcepts@outlook.com