Claire Atkinson MBACP (Accred) Registered Member 024542
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I am a BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor with a counselling practice in Borough Green, Kent. I work with adults for either short term or long term counselling and I can help with a wide range of psychological problems including symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, illness, trauma, bereavement etc.
I have been working as a counsellor/therapist for over 10 years, initially in Primary Health Care and for the last 7 years working as a counsellor as part of a counselling and wellbeing team providing an in house counselling service to police officers and staff. I have experience of working with people of all ages and backgrounds who are experiencing a wide range of problems in their lives.
How I work
I believe counselling provides an opportunity for you to explore what is happening in your life in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way.
I will work with you to look at whatever difficulties you are currently facing and the impact of this on your wellbeing. We will explore what is happening in your life to help you to gain insight into how this may be impacting on your feelings, your thoughts, your behaviour and your relationships. I aim to work with you by helping you to gain a greater understanding of yourself, to help you to develop coping mechanisms to improve your wellbeing and to help you make changes, if you would like that to happen.
Some people wish to focus on a specific life event such as bereavement, diagnosis of an illness, or particular distress they are currently facing such as low mood/depression, work related stress, symptoms of anxiety etc. For others it may be a chance to explore why they feel like they do at this particular time in their life and to explore changes they have been considering.
If you would like to find out more about how I work and how I could help you then please contact me by phone or email and I will arrange a convenient time to talk with you on the phone before we make an appointment. If you then wish to go ahead we can make an appointment for an initial assessment which helps me to find out more about you, what is happening in your life and what specifically you would like to focus on.
I can work on a short term or longer term basis, however I will always review with you how the sessions are going to ensure we are working towards your goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) Accredited Counsellor and Registered Counsellor. My registration number is 024542.
My qualifications include:
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- EMDR Level 1 Training
- Certificate in Personal Coaching
- Understanding Your Eating - Licensed Practitioner training.
I obtained my Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in 2008 and I became an Accredited Counsellor in 2011. I continue to update and develop my knowledge by attending various CPD training courses and workshops, this enables me to keep up to date on new developments and a chance to develop my skills further so I can meet the varying needs of my clients. I am a TRiM Trauma Risk Management Practitioner, and a Connect 5 Trainer.
I have been working as a counsellor for over 10 years, the last 7 years working as part of a counselling and wellbeing team providing an in house counselling service to the Police. As well as this I have also worked as a Psychological Therapist within GP surgeries, seeing people referred for counselling by their Doctor. I've also run my own private counselling practice.
Prior to training to be a counsellor I worked in human resources for 20 years in the retail industry. I believe my HR experience helps me to understand many of the types of work issues and stresses that may be affecting you and the impact this can have on your life.
My voluntary counselling experience includes bereavement counselling at a local Hospice, an associate counsellor counselling students and staff at one of the Kent Universities and working with children initially as a telephone counsellor for ChildLine and then for a charity working therapeutically with children in schools.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
I charge £45.00 per 50 minute session.
I can offer day time or evening appointments.
I work privately from a therapy room in Borough Green, Kent. Please note this is a first floor room and unfortunately the building does not have a lift.
Please visit Positive Health Therapy Centre website for further details:
A free parking space is available however if this is in use there is alternative parking on Fairfield Road which is a very short walk away.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening appointments are available on a Tuesday & Thursday in Borough Green.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|