Ken O’Hearn, Counseling Practicum/Intern
In-Person or Telehealth
Accepting New Clients: Yes
Phone: (865) 393-7097
Email: [email protected]
Insurance: Private Pay only. Insurance does not cover internship pricing.
Fees: $50 (50 minute)
Hello, My name is Ken and I am a practicum/internship graduate student. I want to work with a wide variety of clients, and have a special interest in PTSD. I am married, have two children, and love to hunt, read books, lift weights, and spend time with my family doing many varying activities.
I started my journey to help others in 1993 upon joining the USAF, and after seeing quite a bit of trauma in my life and my friends’ lives I got out of the military. Since leaving the military in 2002, I have worked as a civilian paramedic. During my time as a combat medic and civilian medic, I witnessed a lot and found that more is needed to be done to help those exposed to trauma. It was not until I witnessed many co-workers and friends’ personal trauma as a civilian paramedic, that I needed to step off the side lines and get in the game.
I have always known that my end goal was to help others, but never knew it would be in the realm of counseling others. I found, within myself, that I could give back to others, and I needed to make a career change from paramedic to counseling. I find that those who have suffered can relate much easier, and this gives me the edge that I need to connect to those who have suffered as well. Together, we can find a path, whether it is spiritual, secular, or whatever works for my clients; there will be a collaborative effort on my part to help them rise above the issues they are facing. I pledge to help and to give them tools to deal with whatever it is my clients are dealing with.
My main therapeutic orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I am studying Reality Therapy, in depth. I truly believe that not one size fits all when it comes to counseling, and the counselor must flow with the needs of the client and adjust their sessions in such a manner that there is always forward progression. I also believe that the body is very important and should not be neglected, and exercising the body as well as the mind is pivotal to a healthy life. I bring a complete and holistic approach to my methods and try to affect my client’s entire life, and not just the hour I have in the office. I strive to have lasting and positive effects with my approach to counseling.
My passion is working with veterans, EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement personnel. Since I served, and also worked in EMS, I bring over 25 years of experience to share. My other passion is to work with ER MD’s and Nurses as well as 911 dispatchers. I feel that more needs to be done in this arena as well, and having a 20 year veteran ER Nurse for my spouse, I understand that need intimately. Families of those who suffer from PTSD are not left behind, and couples and family counseling are near and dear to my heart. PTSD affects not just those who have suffered the trauma, but those who care about you.
I am a Christian and faith is very important to me and I will gladly implement Godly principles into my counseling approach. If you are not a believer, that is totally fine! I have many methods to use and not being a Christian will never exclude anyone from my office. I welcome everyone from every walk of life and will implement methods that are comfortable and acceptable to the client. I respect everyone’s belief or non-belief and will adjust my process to fit your needs, not my own.