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

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


07982 234119

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About me

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.

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.

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

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Accredited register membership


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.

I offer an initial meeting 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 - £15.

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.

Maps & Directions

Poole, BH12

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Polish German


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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

Types of client

Older adults