Katerina O'Connor

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Crediton, Devon, EX17
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About me

Introducing 'Why Weight, Live Now!' – A transformative weight management and body acceptance programme grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

With over 15 years of counselling experience, I've dedicated 14 years to practicing ACT. This evidence-based therapy focuses on values, forgiveness, acceptance, and living in the present moment. The programme is a culmination of my expertise, offering a unique perspective on wellbeing.

ACT doesn't promise quick fixes; instead, it empowers individuals to navigate their thoughts and feelings and societal influences. ACT helps you break free from comparison traps and societal expectations, especially regarding body image and weight.

Join 'Why Weight, Live Now!' to redefine your relationship with your body and embrace a more accepting and compassionate stance towards yourself. The course aims to liberate you from yo-yo dieting and the constant struggle with food. It's not just about weight loss; it's about understanding the deeper reasons behind your body-related desires.

This online course will be starting in May, with initial assessments beginning in March. It is accessible nationwide.

Course Structure:

  • 6 consecutive weeks of 2-hour therapist-led sessions
  • Pre-workshop one-on-one initial assessment (1 hour)
  • Post-workshop one-on-one session (1 hour)
  • Follow-up one-on-one session one month later (1 hour)

Don't miss the opportunity to embark on this transformative journey starting May with initial consultations in March. Perfect for those struggling with body image, on-off dieting, confidence, or related issues. Break free and live now!

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. I have been practising as a therapist for 14+ years.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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.

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Course Structure:

  • 6 consecutive weeks of 2-hour therapist-led sessions
  • Pre-workshop one-on-one initial assessment (1 hour)
  • Post-workshop one-on-one session (1 hour)
  • Follow-up one-on-one session one month later (1 hour) and 

Fee for full course including one to one sessions introductory price of £350

Further information

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to build a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. If you’ve ever felt trapped in cycles of self-criticism with a constant focus on dieting, size, and weight, then this programme can help you break free from dieting struggles, ultimately achieving self-acceptance and genuine wellbeing.

Initial contact can be by email and I will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours.

Crediton, Devon, EX17

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Additional languages

Czech

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Katerina O'Connor
Katerina O'Connor