About me

Hi, I'm Joe and I'm passionate about helping people throughout times of difficulty. Are you feeling depressed, anxious or agitated? Maybe you're struggling in your relationships, your job or with enjoying life? Are you noticing yourself feeling angry or upset a lot of the time? Whatever it may be, I offer a space to sit with, listen to and make sense of what you're experiencing.

I can help you to understand why you are struggling. Counselling can help you to gain a different perspective on yourself and your past. Together we can get to the root of what is happening in your life and with new perspective and compassion you can Strat to experience some relief and freedom from what you're experiencing.

I am one of the first Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners in the UK, trained in Addiction Psychology, Play Therapy and Child Development Psychology. I am experienced in working with a range of issues including depression, ADHD, trauma, PTSD, addiction, autism as well as relationship issues with family and children. Along with these qualifications and experiance I will bring to our relationship a curiosity, compassion, courage and a calmness to help make sense of what you are experaincing.

Send me an email and I’ll invite you for a free 15 minute consultation in which we can get to know each other a little better and you can ask any questions that you want to, get to know a bit more about me and my work. There is no obligation to enter into anything and I will happily assist in guiding you elsewhere if I can.

Training, qualifications & experience

After originally working in the addictions field I re-trained as a teacher, before qualifying as a play therapist and working with children in schools for a number of years. I am passionate and interested in child development and can bring insight to relationships with children as well as how you experienced your own childhood. I'm also the SENCO at a democratic school and have a passion for self-directed education and the rise of childhood diagnoses such as ADHD and ASD.

In the last few years I am working more exclusively with adults and am a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner designed and run by Dr Gabor Maté.

  • BSc - Psychology (University of Reading 2005)
  • PGcert - Addiction Psychology and Counselling (London Southbank University 2008)
  • PGcert - Primary School Teaching (University of Roehampton 2009)
  • Diploma - Play Therapy (Canterbury Christchurch University 2014)
  • Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner (2020)

I am a qualified member of the BACP, attend regular supervision and have an enhanced DBS.

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

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Play therapy


£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£55 per session (50 mins)


Late morning/early afternoon and some evening slots available.

15 Dame Kelly Holmes Way

Braeside Avenue
TN13 2JJ

Type of session


Types of client

Young people

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.

Sessions available online


Joe Atkinson

Joe Atkinson