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Our Team

Amy Rattigan

Qualified Counsellor and Registered member of the BACP.
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Linda O'Hern

Qualified Psychotherapist (MSc, UKCP Registered), Certified Transactional Analyst, Couples Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Mediator and Trainer
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Linda is our organisational Supervising officer, she is a Certified Transactional Analyst, UKCP Registered, MSc qualified Psychotherapist with Clinical Supervision qualification and experience. She attended UKCP accredited training in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at the Berne Institute. Additionally she is a Member of the UK and European Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA and EATA) and can practice internationally.

HOW SHE WORKS
Linda’s focus is on the emotional health of each client and their sense of well-being within the session. She encourages an impartial, non-judgmental and supportive environment in which to work where she encourages compassion and recognition of self, others and the world. Linda feels passionate about encouraging individuals to recognise their potential and embrace opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Linda’s motivation for being a therapist is to facilitate greater psychological health and knowledge in adults so they are able to recognise and improve their impact on children and the world. She works to provide a healthy environmental and improve social factors with regards to reducing stigmas attached to mental and emotional health issues. She feels everyone has a personal responsibility for caring for their emotional and mental well being.

She believes Psychotherapy and Counselling are ways in which we can exercise our brains,express feelings and understand our behaviours and selves more fully. They are Gym for the Mind.

Linda is passionate about offering opportunities to work in groups therapeutically or psycho-educationally to reduce social isolation and unnecessary anxiety. Groups allow us to recognise we are rarely on our own with our issues. She finds working in groups is particularly effective with regard to learning about how you interact and respond in relationships. Working in a group provides a way of having therapy that is affordable and accessible and the benefits of taking part in it are incredible because they encourage shared vulnerability.


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Maggie Murray

Qualified Counsellor and Registered Member of the BACP
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HOW SHE WORKS
Maggie is passionate about working ethically to support people through difficult life transitions. She aims to establish therapeutic relationships with her clients working from a mindful and humanistic approach. Maggie strives to offer a safe space and confidential environment whereby her clients can explore and discover their free will and their ability to change at the pace that feels right for them. Maggie is empathic, warm and works with integrity within the counselling process. Maggie says "I gently challenge my clients to gain a deeper insight into what their experiences have meant to them as an individual. I support my clients to recover from their past traumas or difficult life events and move towards improving their mental health and well-being in the here and now. Establishing a positive therapeutic relationship between myself and my clients is paramount to me."

Maggie works with her clients by exploring their thoughts, feelings and responses to their life experiences and interaction with others. She encourages her clients to understand how they interact and communicate with others so emotional shifts can occur to break down any barriers, unhelpful thinking patterns or self-sabotaging behaviours. Maggie focuses herself on her own self-care as an important part of daily living and encourages her clients to find ways to be more compassionate and kind to themselves too.
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Martin Parker​​​​​​​

Qualified Counsellor and Registered Member of the BACP
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HOW HE WORKS
First, as a trainee, counselling under supervision, and latterly as a fully qualified and registered counsellor, Martin works around the Lincoln area helping adults and young people aged 14yrs and over with a range of general issues. However, he has a particular interest in developmental and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Martin counsels in a traditional integrative style and his goal is to assist clients to fully realise their potential and to live more fulfilling lives.
Martin says “Having enjoyed a successful career in business, I decided ten years ago to move further into the field of helping others. I believe there are ways the logical thinking of the business world can help me, as a counsellor, to inform the process of problem-solving for the individual client.”

Yvette Pringle

Qualified Counsellor and Registered Member of the BACP
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HOW SHE WORKS
Yvette is a fully qualified counsellor and is committed to abiding by the BACP ethical framework. Yvette works with clients in private practice, and as a volunteer counsellor in a senior school. She has over 30 years’ experience working as a registered nurse for adults with learning disabilities and have extensive knowledge of Autism, ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.
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Yvette works within the Person-Centred Approach, which is based on the belief that we all have the capacity to grow, change, and move forward in our lives. She aims to offer a warm, friendly, confidential, and non-judgemental environment to enable her clients to work through the things that are troubling them. Yvette says "by developing our self-awareness we can bring about a sense of empowerment and acceptance which often leads to us experiencing a shift in our emotions. Maybe you’ve felt stuck for some time and wish to explore how you can change the situation you find yourself in just now.

You may possibly be experiencing depression, relationship issues, loss and bereavement, anxiety, obsession, abuse, conflict, addictions, eating disorders, grief, loss, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, bullying, lack of confidence, and work-place problems, I’m here to support you."

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Tricia Seaton

BBO Programme Manager
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Therapy

Therapy is time set aside by you and the therapist to look at what has brought you here.

This might include talking about life events, (past and present), emotions, relationships, environment, social settings, thought processes and patterns of behaviour.

The therapist will do their best to facilitate you to look at your issues and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time, and will not necessarily all be included in one session. BACP (2014)

Your relationship with your therapist is unique, she or he is there to listen and facilitate you in a way which is different from that of friends, neighbours or family members. Whatever you tell your therapist is confidential.

In line with UKCP and BACP Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice, all Psychotherapists and Counsellors receive regular clinical supervision to help keep the work safe; your identity remains protected at all times.

We Offer Mediation Support

Initial Meeting:

We nearly always begin with a private and individual information session which lasts for about an hour. The Mediator can then help you choose what you'd like to do next.

Mediation Sessions:
You may agree to meet with the other party and the Mediator. If you decide to go ahead with a joint meeting, the Mediator will ensure that things are discussed in a safe, productive and fair way.
Intake sessions generally last 1 hour per individual party. Joint group sessions generally last 2 hours. If the Mediator is working with a family, it is likely more than one intake and joint group meeting will be required.

What is expected of me?
You should be prepared to discuss your wishes, ideas and needs for the future at the mediation sessions and be ready to listen as well as talk.

Helping things to work:
If all goes well and a joint agreement is reached, we will help you to get it to work once you leave mediation. We also offer back up sessions in case they are needed at a later stage.

Questions Answered:

Do I have to come to Mediation?
Mediation is voluntary, but we recommend it as a non-confrontational way of resolving matters.

What if I am unable to speak to the other party in the dispute?
That is why the Mediator is there. They will ensure that you have space to be heard fairly, and that all sessions feel safe and productive.

Will the Mediator visit me at home?
We always meet with clients in a neutral venue, either at our office or in a place close to where you live.

Is it confidential?
Yes, mediation is entirely confidential.

What will be discussed?
The Mediator will listen to what you want to discuss and deal with the problems that matter to you.