Neil Atkinson. Dip. Couns. Integrative. Dip. Couns. Psychodynamic (RMBACP)
Counselling can provide the opportunity to share problems, concerns and difficulties in privacy and confidence, with a trained and experienced professional who has the time, skills and objectivity to listen, without judging or criticising you. This includes enabling you make to your own decisions and helping you to consider the effects and consequences of those choices and actions.
During therapy I aim to build a relationship of trust in which to explore your issues, introducing an understanding of how past experience may be affecting your current concerns. Identifying your own personal resources and sources of support can be helpful in enabling you to tackle problems and difficulties. If appropriate I integrate techniques to help identify and challenge negative thought processes and behaviours and to help build confidence and self esteem.
Although you should feel able to discuss any issue in your therapy, I do have experience and additional training in specialist areas, including interpersonal and relational trauma. This area includes post traumatic stress, male and female childhood sexual abuse, male and female adult sexual assault and rape, male and female domestic abuse and violence as well as substance misuse issues. I also have experience of working with sexuality, sexual problems, sexual identity and gender identity issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
AEB/CSCT Diploma in Counselling (Integrative) 1998
AEB/CSCT Diploma in Counselling (Psychodynamic) 2001
BST Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (Ericksonian) 2003
Registered Member British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (RMBACP)
In addition to 20 years post qualification experience in private practice, I have also worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, supporting people with a wide variety of psychological and emotional concerns. This includes NHS commissioned counselling services, the mental health charity Mind, domestic abuse services and substance misuse agencies.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
For our initial meeting together to gather information and discuss your requirements, I charge an administration fee of £20.
Following an agreement to work together, there is a basic fee of £45.00 per 50 minute session.
Payment can be made in cash or by bank transfer. Weekly or monthly payment terms can be negotiated at our initial meeting. Non payment of fees will result in termination of therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available at various times during the day or early evening Monday to Friday.
Types of client