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About me

Hello, my name is Monica. Thank you for taking the time to view my page.

I am a qualified experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor with over twenty years of experience, my style is open, warm and supportive. I respect difference and diversity so therefore my approach and way of working will be tailored to your individual needs. I offer long and short term individual counselling and psychotherapy in a safe confidential environment.

I have worked with adolescents, individuals, couples and families with the aim of helping them to enhance their lives.

My extensive experience has included working with relationship issues; Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety; Panic disorder, Depression, Stress.

I have experience working within the Employment Assistance Programmes, National Health Service, various charities, primary and secondary schools and colleges as well as working within my private practice.

Supporting professionals:

Often our busy lives feel overwhelming and we need to re-claim and take charge of where we are going and what we are doing.

Maintaining professional development can be a real challenge whether you are self-employed, an employee or a company director; whether you are responsible for your own professional development or for developing that of others.
I offer professionals a dedicated time for themselves to focus on their agenda, focusing on the present and future. I encourage empowerment to make significant changes that can be maintained and that will have an impact on themselves and working environment.

I can help people to:

  • To improve interpersonal skills
  • Embrace, new challenges without necessarily working harder or longer hours
  • Identify and develop core competencies
  • Review and maintain a work-life balance.
  • Review alternative career paths

The next steps

Please feel free to contact me via telephone (this is a confidential line) 07773 134055 or via email for your first free 15 minute initial conversation.

My practice is in Ash Vale and I can offer day and evening appointments*. Free of charge parking is available.

*Due to the current pandemic, I'm currently offering telephone and online sessions via Zoom. With the hope to resume face to face when it is safe to do so.

Training, qualifications & experience

Other areas of counselling I deal with:

I am a registered provider with Healthcare Insurance Companies (Employee Assistance Programmes).

I also have extensive experience working within organisations, the NHS, various charities, children centres, schools and colleges.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:

  • MBACP Accredited - British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • MCCYP Registered - Counselling Children and Young People
  • U.K.R.C. Registered - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors

  • NOCN - Level 3 Training Certificate
  • NOCR - Developing Effective Skills for Adult Trainers
  • Certificate - Learning to be an effective trainer
  • Diploma(L6) in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

  • Post.Grad Diploma in Systemic Family Counselling
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Mediation
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate: Working with Adolescents
  • Certificate in Relate Couple Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
  • Enhanced CRB check
  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Mindfulness, Depression and Anxiety
  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Depression

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Addiction

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Child Protection

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Children
  • Post Qualifying Certificate  working with Suicide

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Eating Disorders

Through extensive study, I understand the importance of continuing my professional development by keeping up to date with both psychological literature and research. Therefore I frequently attend training workshops and courses to benefit both clients as well as myself.

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.

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

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Fees: £45 per session for individuals, £50.00 per session for couples

Free fifteen minute initial telephone conversation 

(Counselling student rates available)

Each appointment/session lasts one therapeutic hour.

How to make an appointment:

I can offer appointments during the day and evenings.

Please feel free to contact me via telephone (this is a confidential line) 07773 134055 or via email for your first free 15 minute initial conversation.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Extensive experience working with NHS staff and the emergency services.

Ash Vale
Aldershot
Hants
GU12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

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

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Monica Atkins MBACP(Accred) UKRCP(Reg), Individual and Couples Counsellor

Monica Atkins MBACP(Accred) UKRCP(Reg), Individual and Couples Counsellor