Frances Aitchison - Psychotherapist & Counsellor UKCP, BACP
I am currently working online and via telephone due to the ongoing pandemic. I understand that this can feel difficult for some and so I offer a 15-minute online practice session to see if this is something that would work for you.
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.
By working together I believe you will gain a better understanding of yourself, begin to find ways to work through your feelings, and discover what you want for yourself and your life going forward.
You will feel supported, you will feel listened to and you won't be judged.
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
Psychotherapy and Counselling sessions for Adults experiencing issues such as:
Anxiety and low mood, Stress, Periods of Transition, Feelings of being Stuck, Overwhelm, Low Self-Esteem and Confidence, Chronic Health Conditions, Menopause, Empty Nest, Parenting...
Bereavement and Loss
Counselling for anyone experiencing the death of a loved one or any other type of loss in their lives.
I also offer a specialist service for anyone who has experienced Pregnancy or Infant Loss
Coaching and Short-term 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
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
Infant & Pregnancy Loss:
I am here to support you through 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 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.
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.
My In-Person sessions are available 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
Online and In-person 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.
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.