Harriett Atkinson, MBACP Accredited
I am a BACP Accredited therapist offering long-term and short-term counselling to individuals and couples. Sessions last for one hour and take place in a private and comfortable room in Lyddington, or online.
My therapeutic approach is Integrative, a fusion of different schools of psychotherapy. This means that I have training and experience in different ways of working so I can tailor my approach to best suit the individual or couple.
How can counselling help?
Professional counselling offers you the opportunity to work through your concerns in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment.
My aim is to help you explore and make sense of your problems. You may wish to talk about difficulties you are currently experiencing or longstanding issues that still have an impact on your life. You may be going through a period of crisis, a life change, or perhaps you are hoping to to change self-defeating patterns of thinking and behaviour. Whatever problem you are experiencing, counselling enables you to work through painful feelings, grow in self-understanding and confidence, explore options and develop coping strategies.
Some examples of problems people bring to counselling are:
Anxiety and depression
Stress at work
Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
Divorce or separation
Bereavement and loss
It is normal for relationships to suffer under the pressure and strains of life. Sometimes, however, we find ourselves in despair, unable to resolve problems, and separation can seem like the only answer. Betrayal of trust, intense arguments, depression or bereavement, for example, all take their toll.
Couple counselling provides you with a chance to reflect on all aspects of your relationship and helps you make positive changes. Considering how past relationships, in childhood and adult life may be affecting the present, can be part of the process. In addition, by addressing unhelpful patterns of relating, communication will improve and conflict more constructively managed.
There are, of course, times when couples decide that the relationship cannot be rebuilt and separation is the only option. If this is the case then counselling can help the couple to split with more understanding and less hostility.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced practitioner, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P). I have been counselling since 2001, firstly with RELATE and since 2006 in private practice in Lyddington, Rutland. I also worked for IAPT (Let's Talk Wellbeing - NHS) for several years. Alongside private therapy, I also offer counselling to young people in schools, and clinical supervision to health professionals.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2008
RELATE Certificate in Couple counselling 2006
BA Hons University of Warwick
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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