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Gill Atkinson - MBACP, BSc, FdSc

Weston-super-mare, Somerset, BS22
07714123621
Weston-super-mare, Somerset, BS22

About me

I am currently accepting new clients

"People start to heal the moment they feel heard"

The Corona Virus/COVID-19 has brought a lot of unique challenges and uncertainty leaving many feeling overwhelmed, anxious or at a loss.

Consequently, if you have any ongoing concerns requiring private counselling, please contact me for an unobligated chat. My current 2 meter face to face service adheres with the thorough cleaning and distancing guidance (you are welcome to wear your own face masks and gloves if desired) – If preferred I can also offer counselling via telephone, Skype, Face-time and Duo.

In recognition of all key workers and any individuals that have been directly affected by COVID 19 I am offering a discounted package. Please scroll down to the ‘Fee’ section to find out more.

In times of difficulty I have sought counselling myself and can acknowledge the importance of utilising impartial, professional and thought-provoking support. My experience inspired me to want to self-empower others with positivity, care and confidence. I am a warm, friendly and approachable counsellor who would listen to your concerns and support you to manage the difficulty you are experiencing. I treat others as I would want to be treated with respect, equality and care.

How can counselling help

Counselling offers a safe space within a friendly, confidential and unconditional environment for you to explore your life and the issues that are concerning you. This would be your time to discuss your physical, emotional and psychological concerns whilst evaluating your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around your life and life issues. In time this process can provide clarity, strength and motivation for you to acknowledge patterns of behaviour, coping strategies and new thinking methods. Ultimately the process is to empower you to lead the life that you would want to lead and to find self-fulfilment, strength and happiness.

I have a holistic approach which can be useful for people who find it difficult or awkward to express themselves. I can offer practical, visual and sensory alternatives to help you to find answers and solutions. My practice is both personalised and interactive allowing natural discussions to flourish. If desired and appropriate Self-learning homework sheets can be given at the end of a session in preparation for the following session, or you may wish to try outdoor walking therapy!

I am passionate about my work and welcome the privileged position to be able to support others at their time of need. Emotions and feelings are the body's way of speaking to you - No emotion or situation is too small if it is causing you concern.

I keep myself enthused and current by adhering to the BACP's standards of continual professional development (CPD).

Possible emotional/psychological concerns

Fear, Anxiety, Isolation, Depression, Relational, Loneliness, Suicidal thoughts, Self-harming, Confusion, Bereavement, Sadness, Jealousy, Paranoia, Worry and Stress.

Any of these emotions could leave you feeling dis-empowered and emotionally stuck, stumped or immobilised. Exploring, evaluating and reflecting on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours will help you to build a brighter, happier future.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Individual member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists BACP
  • BSc (Honours) Counselling
  • Certificate: Integration of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy with Mindfulness Interventions
  • FdSc Person Centred Counselling
  • Grief and Loss Theory and Practice

Experience

  • Person centred integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy individual and group addiction counselling
  • Private practice - individual adult clients
  • Skype, Duo, and Face-time counselling
  • LGBT+ friendly
  • Home visits negotiable
  • Walking outdoors counselling negotiable

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Testimonial


"I was recommended Gill by a friend, when life was really getting on top of me.
I have previously been to counsellors before, often with little success, so was a little anxious.

From the moment I met Gill, she made me feel at ease. She is very gentle, calming and open and at no time did I feel I was being judged or made to feel uncomfortable. I felt safe, understood and gently nurtured. Gill helped me to find my own way, providing the tools and support and helped me to better understand behaviour patterns, which enabled me to be kinder to myself.

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Gill and in fact already have to several people.

I now feel equipped to move forward in my life, but should things get on top of me again, Gill will be my first port of call.'

Many thanks Gill for your genuine kindness and support" - Mrs Davies

                                                              _ _ _ _ _

"Your support and counselling Gill has been priceless.  I am becoming more confident in my own skin, More accepting of the decisions i make and stronger in developing boundaries. Thank you for all your support, encouragement and care - i have grown into a happier and healthier Me; The coping strategies and life skills that you have given me; have changed my life - Thank you."

  A Brown (Oct 2019)

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

£25 Initial 60-minute consultation.

£40 per 60-minute session thereafter.

Concessions negotiable for individuals on low income

DISCOUNT

COVID 19 has affected many individuals in a variety of ways for example: Living with the worry of going to work, the limitation on visiting loved ones, the direct loss of a loved one, a sense of isolation and loneliness, the inability to attend a funeral, increased anxiety regarding pregnancy/childbirth, financial debt/loss, domestic abuse and finally, the effects of ill health –  just to highlight a few.

These circumstances can leave people feeling bereaved, fearful, stressed, burnt out, fretful and traumatised.

The need for emotional support is at its greatest.

Hence, I am offering a discounted package to all key workers, NHS staff and anyone living with the consequential effects of COVID 19.

Following the initial consultation – I can offer 6 sessions for £180 instead of the usual £265.

The full fee for this offer is required on the first session; and all 6 sessions need to be taken within a maximum of a 8 week time period.

All enquiries welcomed – I thank you for looking at my page – Look after yourself and stay safe.

                      Be courageous and call me today

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

Flexible appointments including evenings - weekends negotiable

Based in Worle with available free parking

Off M5 Junction 21

On the number 5 and 7 local bus routes (Weston-super-Mare/Worle)

If you would like any further unobligated information, please do not hesitate to get in contact - via phone or email.

Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
BS22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Guide dogs welcomed

Availability

I am currently accepting new clients at £40 per 60 minute session.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Gill Atkinson - MBACP, BSc, FdSc

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