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Mandy Atkinson - UKCP accredited Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 01622 370299 01622 370299 07956 877968 07956 877968 Registered / Accredited

About me

I believe that everyone has the ability through their own inner resources to resolve their own issues and problems they face. I see my role as one who helps you to get in touch with those resources within yourself through the work we do together. 

I am an experienced UKCP accredited Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapist. I am also a BACP accredited counsellor. I am passionate about the work that I do. Through my practice, I enjoy working with a wide range of people from various backgrounds and of all ages.

How can I help you?
Counselling and psychotherapy with me offer the time and space for you to talk and the opportunity to be listened to by someone who really hears what you have to say. A safe and holding space where you can be yourself and explore the thoughts, feelings and emotions that you are experiencing. Gaining a greater understanding and deeper self-awareness can often be the first step towards making positive change. In this way, therapy with me aims to help you find your own way forward and allow you to be your authentic self.

Individual Therapy I enjoy working with clients for both short term and longer-term therapy. Individual one-to one therapy sessions take place weekly and sessions are for 50 minutes. To make a start, you come for an assessment session where we can meet and see whether we want to work together. I will do some initial assessment and see if I can help you and you can see how you feel about working with me. After this, weekly sessions would commence.

Couples
I offer couples counselling for heterosexual and same-sex couples. Couples therapy sessions are for 75 minutes. The frequency of couples sessions will vary based on my clinical assessment of what you require.  I offer family therapy sessions and these are for 90 minutes. Sometimes, based on my clinical assessment, I may see family members individually or in pairs.
Whatever type of therapy you come for, at the beginning we will discuss your expectations of coming for therapy and what might be possible and include agreeing goals for you.

I am also a qualified Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.) and postgraduate level teacher and trainer.

My practice builds on over 30 years of experience of working with people in health, mental health and educational fields.

Getting in touch
If you have any questions about Counselling or Psychotherapy with me, then I would like to welcome you to get in touch today. You can call or text me on 07956 877968 or if you'd prefer to use a landline you can call me on 01622 370299 or you can click here to send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Training: I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and supervisor and a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) specialising in psychotherapy. I am also an accredited Member of the BACP. I have undertaken advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I am endorsed as a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA) specialising in TA psychotherapy and I hold a Diploma in Relationship Based Supervision of Individuals and Groups.

Experience: I have been involved in providing pastoral care and psychological support for University students since 2004 and I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and have over 10 years experience and have completed over 5,000 hours of clinical practice. I have always worked both face to face and in an online capacity as a therapist. My experience includes working with a wide variety of issues in NHS, non profit organisations, hospital, clinic, hospice and private practice settings. I work with a diverse range of issues including anxiety, OCD, phobias, depression, eating disorders, weight and eating related issues, relationships, abortion, miscarriage, infertility, abuse, sexual abuse, dissociation, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD), self esteem, self confidence, obsessive compulsive behaviour, personality disorders, bereavement and loss, cancer, insomnia and anger management. I have experience of working with ADHD, dyspraxia, asperger's syndrome and autism in children and adults and with visual impairment with adults.

I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups from my private practice based in Hadlow near Tonbridge in Kent and in an online capacity using Zoom as a video conferencing medium.

I provide specialist long term therapy for eating disorders and weight related issues and have extensive experience in this area working for example with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating and obesity.

Historically, I have been a couples counsellor for Bromley Community Counselling Service, and
counsellor for Orpington and Farnborough Counselling Service providing individual and couples counselling.   I have been a counsellor at Care for the Carers and I trained in play therapy/counselling with children at Place2Be and worked as a counsellor in a primary school. I have also provided counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples at Burrswood Hospital in Groombridge, Kent. This has included end of life therapy.

In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I have a supervision practice and provide clinical supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists from different modalities on an individual and group basis. I provide supervision both face to face and in an online capacity via Zoom video conferencing. I am an qualified and experienced teacher and online educator and teach and examine counselling and psychotherapy at several colleges in the South East.

I provide CPD and training about various aspects of counselling and psychotherapy in face to face and online environments.


Training includes: PTSTA (Psychotherapy), Diploma in Relationship Based Supervision, Certified Transational Analyst (CTA) Psychotherapy, Diploma in Humanistic counselling, Advanced Clinical Training in Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapy.

Training as TA Psychotherapist involves vigorous and robust training over a 7 -10 year period. Additionally my training has involved working with eating disorders, working with trauma, working with children, working with couples, working with groups, body work, mindfulness, professional excellence workshops, coaching and numerous other short courses.

I have a background in training as a Registered General Nurse and am qualified as a as a Teacher holding a Certificate in Post Compulsory Education (Cert. Ed.) and a Certificate in eLearning and Teaching( CeLTT - online learning)

Membership

I am a Clinical Psychotherapist and Supervisor, accredited with the UKCP in both psychotherapy and supervision disciplines and an accredited Member of BACP. I am also a member of United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA), European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) and I abide by the ethical principles and frameworks of these organisations. I am a member of the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKATA

UK Association for Transactional Analysis

UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working with eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Female Athlete Triad, binge eating and obesity.

I work with visual impairment, dyspraxia and autism in adults and in children.

People come to see me for help with the following kinds of issues:

  • Depression, manic depression, postnatal depression
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Anxiety, panic disorder and phobias
  • Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, EDNOS, binge eating and obesity
  • Weight issues such as binge eating, obesity, under-eating, over eating
  • Relationship issues with couples such as affairs and betrayal, fertility issues, separation and divorce
  • Relationship issues with partners, friends, family, parent/child
  • Anger and anger management
  • Bereavement, loss and grief
  • Family issues
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Stress and work-related stress
  • Lifestyle changes such as redundancy, retirement, furlough from work
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviour (OCD)
  • Infertility
  • Abortion
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Adoption
  • Sex problems such as impotency
  • Sexuality
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Carer support
  • Cancer support
  • Passive-aggressive behaviour
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Dissociation
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

I provide an initial introductory assessment session which provides an opportunity for us to meet and for you to see how you feel about working with me as your therapist.

Sessions are £55 per 50 minute session.

Evening (from 5pm) and Saturday sessions are £60.

Couples counselling costs £80 per 75 minute session. Couples usually attend for short term therapy of 6 to 8 sessions in addition to the initial introductory session over a 3-6 month period.

Family/group counselling costs £90 per 90 minute session.

Supervision sessions cost £55 per 60 minute session and £55 per person per group session.

Insurance assessment/consultation costs £75

Concessionary rates are available for those who are struggling financially and are needing support.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Further information

Specialist training and experience

I specialise in working therapeutically with weight and eating related issues such as anorexia, bulimia, obesity and binge eating.

I am registered as a psychotherapist for health insurance for Bupa and AXA PPP. I am a:

  • Bupa Recognised Psychotherapist
  • AXA PPP Recognised Psychotherapist

Setting up in private practice and Marketing support for Counsellors

In addition, I provide one to one training, mentoring and workshops for counsellors and therapists who want to help marketing and developing their counselling practice.

Here I combine my experience of marketing and public relations and my knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy and offer cost-effective support to those starting their practice.

To find out more, get in touch by phone or email.

Or give me a ring and we can talk some more about what help is available for you.
"Mandy has immense knowledge and experience in the field of marketing and PR. My business was ready to invest in ongoing marketing support, and Mandy has been somebody I could trust to pick up something that is so precious to me and deliver results that have driven up turnover and profit. I would highly recommend Mandy to any small business that wants to grow, and feel safe in their investment."

James Lamper, Founder and Managing Director of WeightMatters

Tonbridge
Kent
TN11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages A little German

Accessibility

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

My practice is a separate building at the back of my house accessible from the side entrance and there is a single step from the path to the therapy room followed by a short walk of a few steps. It is not accessible for a wheelchair user.

Availability

Availability on Tuesdays from 1pm to 9pm and on Thursdays from 9am to 9pm; Supervision is available on Wednesdays and Fridays either face to face or online, 1-1 or in groups.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

What can I expect from Supervision with Mandy?.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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