Gill Atkinson - MBACP, BSc, FdSc
"People start to heal, the moment they feel heard"
I am currently accepting new clients.
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 clinical professional development (CPD).
Possible emotional/psychological concerns
Fear, Anxiety, Isolation, Depression, 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
- 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
- Person centred integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy individual and group addiction counselling
- Private practice - individual adult clients
- Skype counselling
- LGBT+ friendly
- Home visits negotiable
- Walking outdoors counselling negotiable
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
"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
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"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)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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£25 Initial 60-minute consultation.
£40 per 60-minute session thereafter.
Concessions negotiable for individuals on low income
Be courageous and call me today
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.
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Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently accepting new clients at £40 per 60 minute session.
Types of client