Frances Aitchison - Psychotherapist & Counsellor UKCP, BACP
A safe and supportive place for adults dealing with difficult life challenges - in Newcastle upon Tyne and Whitley Bay
Sometimes life throws experiences and feelings our way, that we did not expect. We may feel overwhelmed, lost or stuck, unclear about what we want from our life, anxious and lacking in confidence.
How Can I Help...
- Allow you to process difficult emotions so you can begin to improve your symptoms such as sleep, stress levels, time management, anxiety, self-esteem, and confidence
- Feel heard and supported during a time when you might feel alone and isolated
- 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.
I have particular expertise in the following areas:
Creative Professionals working in the Performing Arts:
With a background in the Arts, I have an understanding of the issues that arise from working in this industry such as the effects of inconsistent work, the pressure to create, traumatic content, the physical and mental strain, anxiety and burnout.
Therapy can help you with areas such as increasing confidence, releasing creative block, finding strategies to manage performance and social anxiety as well as finding more balance to improve wellbeing so that you can continue to work Industry you love.
Infant & Pregnancy Loss:
This is a very particular type of loss and can be extremely difficult, causing feelings of devastation, confusion, fear, anger, and emptiness. With many difficult thoughts and feelings, having a place where you can be supported and feel safe to reflect, grieve, talk about your baby and what you have been through can be helpful.
I work in Newcastle and in Whitley Bay in therapy centres that offer a secure and safe environment where you will be looked after. In both 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 (No: 2011165986)
Member of the BACP (membership No: 860169)
Member of The Northern Guild
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trying to conceive after a loss
Parenting after Loss
Individual sessions cost £45/50 and last 50 minutes long.
Payment can be made by either cash or card
Sessions are usually weekly and often people come for about 6 - 12 weeks, others for longer.
If you choose to undertake long term therapy the cost can be substantial and should be considered carefully.
Your First Session:
Once you have made contact, we will arrange a convenient time to meet. 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 we do 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.
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, you can arrange further sessions and we would sign an agreement 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Types of client