Joe Atkinson

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MBACP (accred) (BSc)Psych, PGcert. Addiction Psych/Couns.
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Tunbridge Wells TN4 & Tonbridge TN9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I'm Joe and I'm passionate about helping people through times of difficulty. 

Maybe you are feeling depressed, anxious or agitated? Or 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 start to experience some relief and freedom.

I am experienced in working with a range of issues including depression, ADHD, trauma, PTSD, addiction, autism, relationship issues with family and children. I am one of the first Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners in the UK, trained in addiction psychology, play therapy and attachment based developmental science. 

Along with my qualifications and experience, I bring curiosity, compassion, courage and calm to our relationship, to help make sense of what you're going through.

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.

In the last 5 years, I am working more exclusively with adults and am a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner designed and run by Dr Gabor Maté as well as regularly studying at the Neufeld Institute an Attachment Based Developmental Science approach with Dr Gordon Neufeld.

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

I attend regular supervision and I have an enhanced DBS.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Late morning/early afternoon and some evening slots available - please get in touch to check my current availability.

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4

15 Dame Kelly Holmes Way, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2FB

Type of session


Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Sessions available online

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Joe Atkinson
Joe Atkinson