Bethnal Green Counselling in Shoreditch E1, Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate, the City and East London.

Welcome to Bethnal Green Counselling now in Shoreditch, E1, Bishopsgate, and Liverpool Street, the City and East London.
Bethnal Green Counselling was established by myself, Francis Atkinson, and is now a very well established Counselling and Psychotherapy service of over 12 years. I have also been working for over 25+ years as a counsellors and psychotherapists. Bethnal Green Counselling is within easy walking distance of Aldgate, Bank, Bethnal Green, Broadgate, Fenchurch Street, Hoxton, Moorgate, Old Street, Spitalfields, and Whitechapel.

I am a Registered, Senior Accredited, Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and also with the National Counselling Society (NCS) (Senior Registered).

Contact Francis on 07960645654 to arrange a free half hour consultation session.

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In my Shoreditch counselling and psychotherapy service I work with individuals and couples that includes all ages,(from 16+) genders, sexual orientations, different cultural and heritage backgrounds, and disabilities.

There is disabled access in Longcroft House at Liverpool Street where I work on Mondays

My experience has been gained from working in private practice and in various organisational settings in the voluntary and public sector, including Higher and Further Education, and Charity organisations such the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Youthreach.
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Francis Atkinson

Francis' professionalism and empathy provided a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss any issues and to challenge my beliefs where necessary. It was a very trusting environment and I felt like I was 'in good hands.' N. January 2017
I believe, that most people, at some point in their lives, whether it be in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, have probably experienced some sort of emotional and/or psychological difficulties and challenges. In many ways, this is part of being human. It isn't so much that these are necessarily the problems themselves, but more about how they are managed by the individual and those around them, whether they be family, partner, friends, or colleagues. If someone has good support mechanisms, they may be able to work through the problems they face, without talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist. But, sometimes, we don't want to share personal or difficult emotional issues with anyone close to us. Also, for some people, they can feel very isolated and alone with things that are going on in their lives, with or without close friends and/or family. Or, it might not be an option for someone to talk to others close to them. Or someone may simply not have close friends or family to talk to. It can vary from person to person. My job, after someone approached me, is to help them to start talk talking about the difficulties they are facing, in their life. Hopefully, whether you are an individual or couple you will find it helpful to talk to someone that is professionally trained to listen, understand, and help you with the difficulties that you bring.
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When these difficulties are not resloved at the time, it can often be the case that emotional and psychological problems begin to emerge, whether it be in relation to anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, relationship issues, addictions, aggression, anger, low self-esteem, stress, and so on. These can then impact upon and limit the well-being and quality of life for individuals and couple. Sometimes, these difficulties, particularly in relation to abuse, whether it be physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual, and can seriously affect the functionality and fulfillment of one's potential, and sense of well-being, in relation to one's self, or within the context of family, friends, and work colleagues. I hope, that by offering a sensitive, understanding, non-judgmental, confidential and safe space, clients, whether they be individuals or couples, can work through these difficulties, and come to some sort of new understanding and resolution that will enable a more satisfying and rewarding way of living.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can range from being an understanding of a particular problem and adapting to another way of dealing with it, to a life changing experience of exploration and understanding that can change how we look at and understand ourselves. I guess it is a bit like saying 'there is no issue or problem too small or too large' and that I will endeavour to help you with regardless of whether it is more short or long term work.

For Counselling in East London call Francis on 07960645654 or email

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Further afield

Because my counselling and psychotherapy service is based on the borders of Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, east London and the City, many individuals and couples working or living slightly further away, in areas such as Bank, Barbican, Chancery Lane, Clapton, Clerkenwell, Daltsont, Farringdon, Hackney, Hoxton, Mile End, B>Old Street, St Pauls, and Stratford, also contact my counselling and psychotherapy service.

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You can gain help with

Some of the areas I have experience in helping people with are:

  • Abuse - sexual, physical, emotional, psychological, neglect
  • Affairs and Betrayals
  • Anger - fury, rage, aggression
  • Anxiety - generalised anxiety, social anxiety, acute, chronic
  • Attachment styles/disorders
  • Bereavement - current, past, future
  • Bullying - relationship, family, workplace, in childhood
  • Couples - relating, arguing, stuck, sex, etc.
  • Depression - in response to a current situation(Reactive) or more long term
  • Developmental Abuse
  • Family issues
  • Loss - in relation to anything in life on a day to day basis or more long term
  • Panic - immediate or ongoing
  • Relationship Issues
  • Relating - partner, family, work colleagues, friends, or lack of
  • Seasonally Adjustment Disorder (SAD)
  • Self & Identity - who am I? why am I like the way I am?
  • Self Esteem - how good or bad do I feel in relation myself?
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Sexuality - what does this mean to me? How can I express myself?
  • Sexual Identity - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual - coming out, questioning, self-acceptance, etc.
  • Transgender
  • Stress - work related, life, relationship, family
  • Work Related Issues - under-worked, over-worked, bullying, redundancy, etc.

    The above list and 'examples' are not exhaustive. If you do not see here what it is that is affecting or troubling you, then please do contact me to see whether I think we can help you.

    At Bethnal Green Counselling we are committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.

    So, whether you are living or working in Liverpool Street or The City of London, Bishopsgate, Moorgate, Whitechapel, Old Street, or Shoreditch, and would like to see a Counsellor or Psychotherapist, then please do contact my service to find out how I can help you.

    So, if you are looking for a Counsellor in Liverpool Street, Counselling in East London, or Psychotherapy in Shoreditch by calling Francis on 07960645654 or emailing me at

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    I am accessible by various transport links, including the Central, Circle, Hammersmith and City lines, National Rail, and the London Overground, and also many bus routes.

    To find directions via google maps just click here, Directions via Google maps

    Please follow the links above to Francis Atkinson for any further information that you may require.

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    Statement of Ethical Practice

    At Bethnal Green Counselling (now located in the City of London) Iam committed to offering an ethical counselling practice in line with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP 2016), and that we are committed to 'social diversity, equality and inclusivity of treatment without discrimination of any kind' (BACP Sept 2016).


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