Katerina O'Connor, B.Ed, M.A. Psychoanalysis, Dip Counselling, ACT, MBACP

Katerina O'Connor, B.Ed, M.A. Psychoanalysis, Dip Counselling, ACT, MBACP

Therapy @ Gandy St
25 Gandy Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3LS

07742 081177 / 07742 081177

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Therapy @ Gandy St
25 Gandy Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3LS

07742 081177 / 07742 081177

About me

Most of the work I do is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is one of the recent mindfulness-based therapies shown to be effective with a diverse range of clinical conditions, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, self-harm and eating disorders.

A good way to describe ACT comes from one of its key themes: Learn how to accept those things that are out of your control and commit to changing those things that can be changed to make your life better.

Almost all people will encounter pain somewhere in their lives some of the time. Almost all of us will struggle and suffer at some stage in our lives with low mood, anxiety, self-esteem, confidence issues and loss of direction. The goal of this therapy is to help you create a rich and meaningful life guided by your deepest values and in which you are fully present and engaged. 

ACT is firmly based in the tradition of empirical science, yet has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion and living in the present moment.  It utilises an eclectic mix of metaphor, paradox and mindfulness skills, along with a wide range of experiential exercises and values-guided behaviours experiments. It is a very active therapy, one in which you actively learn new skills to improve your quality of life.

I am so confident about the benefits of ACT not just because it has changed my own life and the lives of many people I have directly worked with, but also because it is based on solid scientific research with hundreds of published studies supporting its effectiveness.

If you would like to know more about ACT, please visit my website: www.acttolive.co.uk

Although I am passionate about ACT, I am still informed by my humanistic and psychoanalytic training and believe in the healing power of the genuine person-to-person relationship.  ACT honours the values of person-centred therapies, whilst integrating the insights and practices of 'mindfulness and acceptance' traditions.  What is important to me is to provide all of my clients with evidence-based treatment and working with what works for each individual.

Training, qualifications & experience

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

BEd (Psychology major): University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MA Psychoanalytic Studies: Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, U.K.

ABC (Level 4) PG Diploma in the Theory and Practise of Counselling: Exeter College, Exeter, U.K.

B-EAT (Eating Disorders National Charity) - Group Facilitator

B-EAT Empowering Families (New Maudsley Method) – Coach

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Mindfulness Training Ltd., London

Intermediate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-  Mindfulness Training Ltd., London

Advanced training with Russ Harris, Kelly Wilson, Steven Hayes, David Gillanders, Kirk Strohasl & Patricia Robinson and Kevin Polk.

EXPERIENCE

My work experience spans the government sector, including In Touch Youth Counselling service in Exeter; the Student Wellbeing Service at the University of Exeter; the voluntary sector, as a B-eat facilitator/Empowering families coach for parents/carers of people with eating disorders; as well as many years in the education sector as a teacher and student mentor. This has equipped me with a strong understanding of mental health care needs across a range of populations. I have extensive experience working with those affected by eating disorders.

Member organisations

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a trained BEAT (Eating Disorders National Charity) facilitator and an Empowering Families (New Maudsley Method) Coach and have extensive experience working with those affected by eating disorders.

In addition, although above is a general list of the areas of counselling I deal with, I don't categorise individual's needs according to issues because I work with people, not diagnosis or categories.

Fees

A 60-minute consultation costs £45.

Some evening appointments available.

Further information

WHO IS ACT SUITABLE FOR?

I don’t  categorise individuals’ needs according to issues because I work with people, not diagnoses, and believe that a successful outcome is best achieved through tailoring differing psychological techniques & practices according to individual need.

Client work can range from a few weeks to several months, though I believe changes should be measurable early on and a minimum of six consultations are recommended for covering the basics within the ACT therapeutic model.

Initial contact can be by phone or email (kath@acttolive.co.uk) and I will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX4 3LS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Czech

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
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