Frances Aitchison - Psychotherapist & Counsellor UKCP, BACP
My face to face sessions have been temporarily replaced with an online and telephone service due to the current crisis.
Hello, my name is Frankie and I offer short term counselling and long-term in-depth therapy for Adults in Newcastle and North Tyneside.
I offer therapy that supports you in the following areas:
Bereavement, including Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Life Transitions such as parenthood, empty nest, new job, and retirement
Loss of identity, confidence and health
Issues with Personal and Work Relationships
Stress, anxiety, confidence, and self-esteem
Women's Health including menopause
People working in the Creative Industries
Deciding to come to therapy will allow you to feel heard and supported while you begin to make sense of difficult thoughts and feelings.
- I can support you to express difficult feelings
- Provide a secure and safe place during a time when you might feel alone and isolated
- I can help you find ways to improve symptoms such as lack of sleep, stress levels, overwhelm, time management, anxiety, self-esteem, and confidence
- Help reignite the creative parts of yourself so that you can feel free to take some risks in your life
Rediscover your identity so that you can live a life you feel excited about
Increase your self-esteem and confidence so that you feel more able to ask for what you need
Create a better balance in your life so you feel more in control
It can feel like a daunting decision to make the first appointment and our fears of what it might be like can make us feel hesitant but I am here to answer any questions you may have so please contact me to talk through what you need.
Infant & Pregnancy Loss:
Supporting you through the grief of losing a baby in pregnancy or soon after. I can be there to help make sense of the difficult and confusing mix of feelings that come with this type of loss including devastation, confusion, fear, guilt, anger, and emptiness.
I offer you a place to openly talk about your baby, your experience and what you and your family are going through. Having a place where you can be supported and feel safe to reflect and grieve can be very helpful.
I work with both mums and dads, family members who may be supporting grieving parents and medical professionals who work with these families.
I work in Newcastle upon Tyne, Whitley Bay and North Shields in a secure and safe environment where you will be looked after. In all locations, the counselling rooms are accessed via a staircase. There is on-street parking in the surrounding area.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Professional Background
Trained at The Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling in Newcastle
Experience of working in both Charity, NHS, and Private Practice settings.
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, The Northern Guild
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, Newman University
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, The Northern Guild
Certificate in Transactional Analysis, TA101
BA Hons Business Administration, Greenwich University
Accredited member of the UKCP membership
Member of the BACP
Accredited Professional for The Foundation of Infant Loss
Member of The Northern Guild
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
generalised anxiety disorder
Individual sessions cost £45 (North Tyneside), £55 (Newcastle upon Tyne) and last 50 minutes.
Payment can be made by either cash or card
I offer both short-term counselling and longer-term therapy depending on what you need.
I see counselling students in North Shields at a reduced rate.
If you choose to undertake long term therapy the cost can be substantial and should be considered carefully.
Concessions offered for
Your First Session:
Once you have made contact, we will arrange a convenient time for our first session, this will be an introduction and assessment session.
At the beginning of this session, you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you have. If at this point it doesn’t feel right for you we can say our goodbyes and there will be no fee.
If you choose to continue with the session we will go through an assessment, for which the session rate is payable. This is an opportunity for you to tell me about yourself, your background history and talk about what is going on for you and what you hope to get from coming to therapy.
No therapy takes place at this stage and if I feel that I'm not the right person to help you, I will talk this through with you.
During this session, we will agree to further weekly sessions and we would sign an agreement and privacy statement in order to work together.
I hope that answers some of your questions, but please feel free to contact me if you need further information.
Choosing a counsellor or psychotherapist can be a big decision and it is important to feel that the person you choose is right for you.