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About me

I am a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with additional training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). The term integrative means that a counsellor can integrate various approaches or models of psychotherapy to suit the needs of their clients. I mainly work using Person Centred approach combined with CBT. In the Person-Centred approach, the client is put at the centre of the process and the counsellor’s role is to provide support for the client to explore their own potential, understand themselves better and find the way to positive change.

​I am professionally trained to work with survivors of sexual abuse. I gained my professional experience while working for STARS, (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services) and my private practice is based at the Consulting Centre, 348 Poole Road, Branksome, BH12 1AW. I also offer remote sessions via telephone or Zoom.

If you feel stressed, depressed or anxious counselling can be very helpful especially at this challenging time. I will listen to you in a non-judgemental manner, no matter what it is you would like to talk about or share. I am here for you to offer you my support to help overcome your struggles in the comfort of a safe and confidential space. Please call me for a free consultation or visit my website to find out more about me. I strongly believe that we all have the inner strength to live the life we want to live and to become the person we want to be deep inside.

The freedom to speak openly and honestly to someone who will listen without judgement, support with impartiality and with total discretion, is an integral part of counselling therapy. My professional counselling skills will give you the confidence to open up and help you on that road to recovery from depression, anxiety, and stress caused by work or challenges in your relationships. Sharing your burden is the first step you need to take on that road.

For whatever reason you may need counselling, I am here not to judge you but to listen to you in total discretion and offer the support and help that you need to identify what troubles you and provide you with coping strategies to overcome them. Together we can find a way to help you recover from your personal trauma and move on in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have four years experience working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, BPD or PTSD. Experiencing these types of difficulties can often affect self esteem and lead to further relationship problems, isolation and loneliness .

I started my counselling career in 2017 while working for STARS (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services) as a volunteer counsellor. During my time with STARS I received specialised training, focusing on working with survivors of sexual trauma and abuse while using a person-centred approach, combined with a trauma model.

Since 2020 I have been running my private practice and working mainly from home offering online or face to face sessions. Depending on circumstances and convenience I can also meet my clients in a Consulting Centre based in Branksome. My client group represents people of different ages, both male and female provided they are 18 years of age or more.

Childhood trauma, abuse, sudden and unexpected changes and difficulties can happen to anyone regardless of their gender, age or social status affecting their mental and emotional health. If you feel affected by any of the above mentioned issues remember there is professional help available and you don't need to feel left alone with the problem. I am here to listen to you, offer support and provide strategies to cope with your negative experiences and emotions.


  • Harnessing the Power of Emotion in Couples Therapy
  • Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of sexual violence
  • Working with the Body in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  • Understanding Anger
  • The Neuroscience of early Relational Trauma and its relevance to clinical work
  • Understanding the effects of attachment style on the teenage years
  • Trauma informed therapeutic training
  • Working relationally with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma


  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills

Member organisations


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).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

One to one trauma-informed counselling for anyone who has experienced any form of sexual violence at anytime in their life

Male Survivors of sexual violence

Childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Additional information

Free - 30 minutes consultation over the phone or via Zoom

£40 - 50 minutes ( no obligation) initial session including assessment

£40 - Face to Face/Zoom/telephone 50 minutes counselling session

I offer a short term (usually 6 sessions) and long-term counselling (usually 12 sessions or more). The sessions are 50 minutes long on a weekly basis.

Prior to committing to therapy you can contact me for a free consultation over the phone. Alternatively you can send me an email. I am happy to answer any questions.

The initial meeting is an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable with therapy and for me to assess how I can be of help to you.

To make an appointment or for more information please call me on: 07982234119


I offer sessions Monday till Friday between 9am and 8pm. Please contact me for availability.

Further information

I have a current DBS certificate and am adequately insured.

348 Poole Road
BH12 1AW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Joanna Atkinson (Reg.MBACP, Dip.Counselling, Dip CBT)

Joanna Atkinson (Reg.MBACP, Dip.Counselling, Dip CBT)