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

Welcome to Bethnal Green Counselling now in the City of London, Bishopsgate, opposite Liverpool Street station and Shoreditch. We are a very well established Counselling and Psychotherapy service of over 12 years, with two practitioners who each have 25+ years experience as counsellors and psychotherapists. We are within easy walking distance of Aldgate, Bank, Bethnal Green, Broadgate, Fenchurch Street, Hoxton, Moorgate, Old Street, Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and Whitechapel.

Bethnal Green Counselling is managed by Francis Atkinson and Michael Collins. We are both highly qualifie experienced counsellors, and psychotherapists and also clinical supervisors for other practitioners. We are both Registered, Senior Accredited, Counsellors and Psychotherapists with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Francis is also Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and Registered with the National Counselling Society (NCS) (Senior Accredieted). Michael is also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

To see a Counsellor in Liverpool Street contact either Francis on 07960645654 or Michael on 07950644095

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In our new City of London counselling and psychotherapy service we continue to work with individuals and couples and with includes all ages, genders, sexual orientations, different cultural and heritage backgrounds, and disabilities.

We also have disabled access in Longcroft House at Liverpool Street

Our combined experiences have been gained from working in private practice and in various organisational settings in the voluntary and public sector, including the NHS, Higher Education, and Charities.

For Psychotherapy in the City of London call Francis on 07960645654 or Michael on 07950644095
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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
To read about Francis, visit the Francis Atkinson page.

Seeking a Counsellor in Liverpool Street or Psychotherapy in the City of London

We 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 a 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 life, 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. Our job, after someone approached our services, 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.

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, 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. We hope, that by offering a sensitive, understanding, non-judgemental, confidential and safe space, clients, whether they be individuals or couples, can work through these life experiences, 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 big' and that we will endeavour to help you regardless of whether it is more short term or long term work.

For Counselling in East London call Michael on 07950644095 or Francis on 07960645654

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Michael Collins

To read about Michael, visit the Michael Collins page.

Further afield

Because our counselling service in Liverpool Street is based on the boundary of 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, Farringdon, Hackney, Hoxton, Mile End, B>Old Street, St Pauls, and Stratford, also contact our counselling and psychotherapy services.

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We Can Help With

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

  • Abuse - sexual, physical, emotional, psychological, neglect
  • Addictions - alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, internet porn/cyber sex, etc.
  • 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 us to see whether we 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 our service to find out how we can help you.

    Please contact us if you are looking for a Counsellor in Liverpool Street, Counselling in East London, or for Psychotherapy in the City of London by calling Francis on 07960645654 or Michael on 07950644095

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    We are 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 and/or Michael Collins for any further information that you may require.

    Thank you for visiting our website.

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    Statement of Ethical Practice

    At Bethnal Green Counselling (now located in the City of London)we are 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).


    If you have any further questions then please visit our FAQS page or contact us via the links above.

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