James Atkins

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BSc (Hons) Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor UKCP
Available for new clients
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Norwich NR3 & Saxmundham IP17
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

We have all experienced times in our lives when we feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may be facing a period of depression, having difficulties in relationships, finding yourself repeating unhelpful or destructive patterns, or just looking for a change in your life.

I am an 'Integrative' counsellor which simply means I am trained in and draw upon a range of approaches to counselling. There are a number of elements that counselling with me may include. The ones we use will depend on your own preference and what you'd like to work on. These can involve:

Exploring how you feel, why you are feeling that way and how you can manage difficult feelings.
Exploring how your past influences you in the here and now.  What we see during our younger years can often lead us to form distorted beliefs about ourselves and the world.
Exploring what stands in the way of you doing the things that make you happy.
Exploring dynamics within relationships whether that be with your family, colleagues, friends or partners and understanding what you can do to make positive changes.

Finding the right counsellor to talk with is very important and can feel like a challenge in itself.  I find the most reliable predictor of whether any therapy will be useful for someone is whether they feel comfortable with the counsellor they are working with.  Attention to our inner lives requires respect and courage yet fosters greater understanding, healing, growth, and the making of a happier life.  You can speak to me in confidence and privacy without fear of judgement and I will be open, honest, and committed to our work.

Before training as a counsellor, I worked within HR in the corporate world.  I found what I enjoyed most was working with people at depth, and outside the bounds of rigid policies or institutional expectations.  This is why I chose to train in the world of psychotherapy and counselling.

I have experience in working with a wide variety of areas including but not limited to: relationship problems, infidelity, suicide ideation, sexuality, anxiety, depression, existential crisis, sexual issues, self-esteem, loneliness, addiction, gender identity, loss, bereavement, bullying, work difficulties, and family issues.

I am compassionate and committed to ensuring my practice is an inclusive and respectful space for all; regardless of sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, age, body size or ability.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc in Integrative Counselling - Matrix / Middlesex University

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Certificate in Integrative Counselling

In addition to my private practice, I worked for the University of East Anglia's wellbeing service providing counselling to students and staff between 2015 and 2020. 

I have experience working with trainee counsellors and welcome interest from all scenarios including those beginning their studies or looking to switch to an integrative counsellor for course requirements.  Please note however that I do only work with one client from each training group and would encourage students to look for a counsellor who does the same.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and all others welcome.

Photos & videos


£40.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

My standard fee is £50 per hour session although I can offer some flexibility for those experiencing financial difficulties.  I also reserve several cut-cost counselling slots for students looking for regular long-term therapy at an affordable rate.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have face-to-face availability during the day and some evenings and weekends. Please contact me to find out more.

Further information

Face-to-face appointments are available in Norwich Monday to Thursday and in East Green, near Kelsale / Saxmundham on Fridays and alternative Saturdays. Telephone appointments are possible on any day or evening.

6 Upper King Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HA

East Green Farm, East Green, Kelsale, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2PH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

My Suffolk base does have wheelchair user access.

Online platforms

Google Meet


James Atkins
James Atkins