What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy

Linda O’Hern

Qualified Psychotherapist, MSc, UKCP Registered, PTSTA (P), Couples Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Mediator and Trainer.

Linda is a Provisional Teaching and Supervising 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 provides 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 selvesmore fully. They are Gym for the Mind.

Linda is passionate about offering opportunities to work in groups therapeut


Tricia is responsible for the management and part delivery of the Building Better Opportunities Programme* for ATC. Carrying out initial assessment and enrolment on to the ESF funded programme.

Providing mock interview practice as required and support to assist individuals in moving forward with their work, career, or training aspirations. This is a very exciting opportunity that Tricia has worked hard to access and may be able to offer you so please get in touch as she is really looking forward to hearing from you.


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 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 is likely to take more than one session.

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 UKATA 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.