At Affordable Therapy Concepts (ATC) we aim to facilitate individuals, couples and groups to come to terms with their situation, whether this is through choice or imposed. We will encourage everyone to take responsibility for their choices and decisions with regard to the way ahead whilst empowering them to find meaning and purpose to their therapy through different perspective. We support open communication, clear contracting, boundaries, ethical practice and professionalism.

ATC, is a Community Interest Company providing professional psychotherapy, counselling, psycho-educational and mediation services in Lincoln.

We have fully qualified Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Mediators and Educators as well as trainees. Our organisation is guided by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Codes of Ethics.


The Team is led by a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) with MSc. She is a UKCP registered, experienced Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Mediator and Educator.

Whether you’re looking for personal or couples’ psychotherapeutic or counselling sessions, group therapy, psycho-educational classes or mediation, we offer a professional and sensitive service in a safe and confidential environment. If you feel that you need someone to talk to about any personal issue, social problem or learning and development need, we are happy to help.

To ensure that we provide the highest standard of service to our clients, we require that Mediators and Counsellors who join our team are all professionally trained or working towards qualification. The majority of our Counsellors have a minimum qualification of a Diploma and vast past life experience in other arenas. They all undergo a careful selection process before being accepted into the team.

We can assist in a wide range of situations and can help you to resolve most issues with:

  • Personal psychotherapy or counselling.
  • Couples’ counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Psycho-educational Groups
  • Divorce Support Groups
  • Parenting Groups
  • Eating Issue Groups
  • Mediation
  • Personal Development Groups
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Clinical Supervision
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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. Not being able to cope with worry can increase your sense of helplessness; reducing your confidence and making you more vulnerable to your fears.

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.
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What is depression?
Depression is more than feeling unhappy or sad for a few days; it can last for weeks or months. Depression can mean feeling low in spirit; it makes everything harder to do and everything less worthwhile. Depression at its worst can be life threatening.

How to tell if you’re depressed.
Depression affects different people in different ways, with different 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.
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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.
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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. Prolonged pressure is unhealthy for the body and mind.

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.
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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. 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 not even understand the emotions you are experiencing, it could just be that you feel unhappy, anxious or dissatisfied and want to make a change.

HOW CAN COUNSELLING OR 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."

PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL GROUPS

"We run groups of up to 10 people where you can learn new strategies and start to understand the deeper rooted reasons which may be stopping you make long term desired changes. These groups can also help you to realise you are rarely alone in experiencing difficulties with making change that has been a major part of your life for a long time. They offer the opportunity to learn about and have some gentle therapeutic input to increase your awareness so you can choose how to start resolving the issue and make change. We offer groups that consider eating issues, chronic fatigue, parenting, personal and professional development.

We are open to offering other groups, so please ask if you are experiencing difficulty with something you feel others may value learning from too because if we have appropriate knowledge, resolution may not be that far away. Some ideas we are considering are self-esteem, anxiety and anger management groups.

EATING ISSUE GROUPS
Meet like minded people, that can offer substantial support and encouragement to consider eating issues and body image from a different perspective. No diet needed or included.

CHRONIC FATIGUE GROUPS (including those experiencing ME, Fibromyalgia and PTSD)
Interested in how others manage no energy, constant tiredness and physical pain yet continue to find motivation to live a full life. Then this group is probably for you.

PARENTING SKILLS GROUP
Three six-week courses for parents to consider and explore the emotional and psychological development needs of their children at various stages of growth; birth to 2 years, 2 to 12 years or teenagers aged 13 to 17 in a healthy and open environment.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUPS
A friendly environment for discussing ways to work towards your personal goals and make changes which may be proving difficult without support whether that involves learning to assert yourself or manage your aggression. Ideal for students, those seeking new career opportunities and anyone who wants to seek insight into their value system, who and what they are.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUPS
Workshops with a range of titles, presenters that are suitable for different types of caring professionals; social workers, nurses, teachers etc.
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What happens if I call you to seek therapy?

Step 1

You will be contacted by a member of our staff to arrange an assessment within 3 working days.

Step 2

An assessment is an informal chat, taking up to an hour. It’s about discussing what you hope to get from therapy and giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Your assessment is free, however you will be asked to pay for your first appointment in advance.

Step 3

The Clinical Lead will use the assessment to allocate you to the most appropriate Therapist. Taking into consideration your needs and the suitability and availability of the Counsellor/Therapist.

Step 4

Next you will be appointed a Counsellor/Therapist and offered a regular weekly session. We will try and find a time which is convenient for both parties.

Step 5

Finally, you will start your therapy on the date arranged. It might be helpful for you to arrive 10 minutes early, particularly on your first session. Please note there is a requirement to give 24 hours’ notice of cancellation of pre-arranged appointments.

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Contact

Tel: 01522 535555
Email: atconcepts@outlook.com
Address : BG Futures Building,
Bishop Grosseteste University
Longdale Road
Lincoln
LN1 3DY