Francis Atkinson, BSc/MSc, MBACP (Senior. Accred), UKCP (Regd), UKRCP (Regd)
2-8 Victoria Avenue
231 Shoreditch High Street
020 32061318 / 07960 645654
I have over 25 years experience of working as a counsellor and psychotherapist. As an Integrative/Relational Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I use Relational Psychodynamic, Person-Centred and Existential principles in my work with individuals and couples. I aim to build a trusting and safe therapeutic environment, so that you can work through the issues that are affecting you and hopefully, in time, feel more confident and at ease with yourself. Because I have been in therapy myself in the past (10 years), I know what it is like to be looking for a suitable therapist. This is why I offer all prospective clients a free half hour introductory session for us to meet and see whether we can work together.
Previous clients' comments:
Francis' professionalism and empathy provided a safe and non judgmental environment to discuss any issues and to challenge my beliefs where necessary. It was a very trusting environment and I felt like I was 'in good hands.' N January 2017
Francis's non-judgmental, emphatic and containing presence has enabled me to lead a more authentic, happier and fulfilling life and I will be forever grateful to him. R March 2017
Francis was able to offer many insightful reflections that began to support the way I was viewing and responding to those around me, as well as supporting me to understand the relationship I had developed with myself. S April 2017
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc/Dip Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia/Middlesex University) 1995-2001
3 year Cert. Person-Centred and Existential Counselling (City University) 1989-1992
Diploma in Integrative Supervision (Minster Centre) 2012
BSc Hons Social Sciences (Health) 1990-1993 North London University
Counselling and Attachment Certificate 2006 (Wimbledon Guild)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Foundation Certificate 2009
Working with Couples Certificate 2013
Keeping the Couple in mind 2014 (WPF)
Neuroscience for Therapists Certificate 2013
I have worked as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice since 1992.
I have worked as a counsellor for students in Further and Higher Education for 14 years, and also with adolescents for 7 years.
I have also been in once/twice a week psychotherapy for 8 years, and previous individual and group therapy before that. I have my own group and individual supervision with experienced colleagues.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Attachment and Developmental Issues
Self and Identity
I offer each individual or couple that contact me a free pre-therapy half hour session for us to meet and discuss the possibility of working together without commitment at this stage.
Individuals - £50-£80 per 50 minute session.
Couples - £70-£100 per hour
I am registered as a BUPA Provider of Counselling and Psychotherapy 30045091)
I offer individual and group supervision for graduate and trainee counsellors/psychotherapists.
Privately paying individuals (and/or group) in first counsellor training £50 per 50 minutes or £60 for 60 minutes, otherwise £50 per 55 minutes or £65 per 60 minutes. Organisation funded £60 per 50 minutes, £70 per 60 minutes.
Supervision group of 3, plus myself, available one Saturday morning a month. Pay for one 50 or 60 minute session and get three while being able to count 50% (1.5 hours) for BACP requirements. Costs as above but only pay for your own 50/60 minutes. Contact me to arrange a free half hour appointment to discuss further.
CPD arranged as and when an interest is shown around particular topics. See my website for further details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays all day morning to evening, Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings up to 2pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been a supervisor for approximately 16 years.View supervision profile