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

Poole, Dorset, BH12 1AW 07982 234119 07982 234119
Poole, Dorset, BH12 1AW
07982 234119 07982 234119

About me

If you feel stressed, depressed or anxious counselling can be very helpful at this challenging time. I offer telephone or Zoom (secure video) counselling for a range of issues at £35 per session. I will be listening 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 and to 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.

Adverse circumstances and sudden changes that occur in our lives can often be overwhelming, and it may not always be possible to overcome them on our own. Sometimes things that happened to us many years ago stay with us like a dark cloud or a heavy burden. The fact that you have found this page and are reading this information is a sign that you want to take the first steps towards recovery to unburden yourself and make positive changes in your life to lift the negative emotions.
We all have our stories, the road through life is never easy and we all have our personal mountains to climb, but you need not walk alone, let me guide you on the path to recovery.

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 brought on by historic trauma. 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.

I am a member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) currently working for STARS (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services). Seeing the positive impact on people after a course of therapy, and the uplift in their lives is what motivates me in my work.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor trained in Person Centred Counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

I gained my initial experience working with people suffering from mental health issues. My journey to become a counsellor started while working for a local mental health charity. I went on to gain my Level 2 certificate in Counselling Skills and level 3 certificate in Counselling Studies.

My areas of expertise involve sexual trauma and abuse. Abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their gender, age or social status.  It can be physical, mental, and emotional. My client group represents a wide range of people of different ages, both male and female. Anxiety, illness, depression, PTSD and relationship problems often affect them. My job is to listen and provide strategies to cope with their negative experiences and emotions.


  • 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).

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

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Person-centred therapy

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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.

Remote Counselling (telephone/Skype/Zoom): £35 per session

Face to Face Counselling:

I offer an initial session at a reduced fee.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.

Initial session including assessment - £20.

Following sessions - £40 per session.

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

Further information

I have a current DBS certificate and am adequately insured.

348 Poole Road
BH12 1AW

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


I am available Monday till Friday between 5pm and 8pm. Saturday between 9am and 4pm.

Types of client

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

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

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