Mandy Atkinson - Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
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. Counselling with me aims to help you find your own way forward and allow you to be your authentic self.
I enjoy working with clients for both short term and longer-term therapy. Individual therapy sessions take place weekly and sessions are for 50 minutes.
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 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 have provided counselling and psychotherapy since 2010 and have completed over 5,000 hours of practice. My experience includes working with a wide variety of issues in NHS, hospital, clinic and private practice settings. I work with a wide 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 counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups from my private practice based in Hadlow near Tonbridge in Kent.
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.
In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I teach and examine counselling and psychotherapy at several colleges, plus provide clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.
Training includes: PTSTA (Psychotherapy), Diploma in Relationship Based Supervision, CTA ( Psychotherapy) Humanistic counselling, Advanced Clinical Training in Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapy, 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 also trained as a Registered General Nurse and a teacher holding a Certificate in Post Compulsory Education.
I am a Clinical Psychotherapist and Supervisor, accredited with the UKCP in both disciplines and an accredited Member of BACP. I am also a member of United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analyists (UKATA), 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).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Anorexia Bulimia, Female Athlete Triad, binge eating and obesity. This work involves using a range of techniques including working with nutrition, behavioural therapy, and psychotherapy.
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
- Relationship issues with couples such as affairs and betrayal, separation and divorce
- Relationship issues with partners, friends, family, parent/child
- Anger and anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Family issues
- Self-esteem and self-confidence
- Stress and work-related stress
- Lifestyle changes such as redundancy, retirement
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviour (OCD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Sex problems
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Carer support
- Passive-aggressive behaviour
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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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 £75
Concessionary rates are available for those who are struggling financially.
- The wonders of supervision
- Why consider group supervision?
- How talking can help
- Approaching the winter blues
- What gets in the way of you seeking therapy?
- Can therapy help my eating disorder?
- De-mystifying anxiety
- Who cares for the carers? The impact of caring on carers
- Feeling alone together
- Making Sense of Feeling So Lonely
- Making sense of anxiety
- My sense of self beyond my eating disorder
- Can our marriage survive the affair?
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||A little German|
Appointments available as follows: Tuesdays 1 to 9pm Thursdays 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 9pm;
Supervision available: Wednesdays and Fridays 8.30am - 6pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
What can I expect from Supervision with Mandy?.