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Psychotherapist & Counsellor UKCP Accredited, MBACP

About me

I offer online therapy for adults in the North East and across the UK. 

My name is Frankie and I am an Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor and I have a passion for helping people improve their mental wellbeing, positively move through periods of feeling stuck, and explore ways to affect change so they can live a life they feel passionate about. I do this by working with you to find the approach that best suits your personal needs.

You may have decided that you would like some support with your well-being and mental health and by working together my hope is that you will begin to gain a better understanding of yourself, find ways to work through the difficult feelings you may be experiencing and discover what you want for yourself and your life going forward.

I look forward to seeing how I can help you. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have or visit my website www.frankieaitchison.co.uk

One to One Psychotherapy and Counselling for adults experiencing issues such as:

Bereavement, pregnancy & infant loss including infertility and TFMR, grief and periods of transition, anxiety and low mood, stress and burnout, feelings of being stuck, overwhelm, low self-esteem and confidence, chronic health conditions, menopause, empty Nest and becoming a new parent.

Deciding to come to therapy is an act of kindness towards yourself, giving you a place where you will feel heard and supported.

 - 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​

Bereavement and Loss

Counselling for anyone experiencing anticipatory loss, the death of a loved one or any other type of loss in their lives.

Infant & Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, TFMR and other pregnancy-related issues:

I have a specialist interest in helping anyone who is experiencing difficulties around pregnancy. I am here to support you through the fertility journey, and the grief of losing a baby in pregnancy or soon after.  I can help make sense of the difficult and confusing mix of feelings that can come up including confusion, fear, guilt and anger.

I offer you a place to openly talk about your pregnancy, your baby, and the experience you and your family have gone through. Having a place where you can be supported and feel safe to reflect 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.

Short-term Counselling Sessions

This counselling is a short-term approach that provides an opportunity for you to have a safe space to talk through any current challenges you might be experiencing.

These sessions can be solution-focused with a clear goal in mind or an opportunity to talk things through with someone who is there to listen to you.

Examples might include; working through a decision, getting help with managing work/life balance, or help with building structure into your life.

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It can feel like a daunting decision to make the first appointment and you might be fearful of what it might be like. This 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 am currently working online via Zoom.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Stillbirth, Miscarriage, Termination, Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR)
Infant Loss
Infertility
Pregnancy Planning
Pregnancy Anxiety and Depression
Birth Trauma and reflection
Bereavement
Anticipatory Loss

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions (including the assessment) cost £50 and last 50 minutes.

Online Payments via bank transfer, in-person payments can be made by either cash or card.

If you choose to undertake long-term therapy the cost can be substantial and should be considered carefully.

When I work

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Further information

Your First Session:

Once you have made contact, we will arrange a convenient time to have a short telephone conversation which will give you 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 would be no fee for this.  

If you decide to work with me we will arrange our first session, this will be an introduction and assessment session 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.

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6

Whitley Bay, Tyne And Wear, NE26

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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