Francis Atkinson, MSc/Dip Psychotherapy,Reg. MBACP (Senior) Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Reg. UKCP Psychotherapist
I am a very experienced and qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I have 25 years experience of working mainly with individuals in a variety of settings, and now also couples (5 years+) that includes male/female, adults/adolescents, different cultural heritages and ethnicities, and also sexualities.
As well as working in private practice for the last 25 years, I have also worked in a variety of settings in the voluntary and public sectors, on a voluntary and paid basis. These include the Further and Higher Education sectors, in an adolescent counselling agency, and also for the Terrence Higgins Trust. I also supervise trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in these sorts of settings, as well as in private practice.
During my own previous therapy (10+ years), and my own development as a counsellor and psychotherapist I have come to realise how important the reliability of the therapist is to the client work, and also the quality of the therapeutic relationship, or alliance, between counsellor and client is. Whether the issue is more specific, such as; bereavement, alcohol use, redundancy, relationship break up, or more general life issues, such as, anxiety, identity, depression, self-confidence, self-esteem, sexuality, relationship difficulties, complex abuse, and so on, what is most important of all for the therapy to work, is to have a good working relationship between myself and my client so that the issues that are being worked on can be done so in a containing atmosphere of respect, trust, acceptance and safety, so that resolution and change can hopefully take place.
Registered BUPA Provider No 30045091
Choosing the right therapist
I understand how difficult it often is to know what counsellor or psychotherapist to choose, both on a personal basis, but also in terms of the issue(s) you may be bringing. It sometimes feels like 'pot luck'. It is for this reason that I have chosen to offer all prospective clients a free 30 minute pre-therapy introductory session, without commitment at this initial stage. This is so that we can meet, talk about the issue(s) that are affecting you, and any questions you may have for me. This may be to do with my practice, theoretical stance, training and/or experience, as well as discussing professional practice issues, such as, confidentiality, fees, cancellation policy, etc. Part of this process is also to see whether it feels right for us to work together. And, as said before, there is no commitment to starting therapy at this stage.
PG Certificate in Holding the Couple in Mind (WPF 2014)
Diploma in Integrative Supervision (Minster Centre)2011
MSc/Dip in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia/Middlesex University)1995-2001
3Year Cert. in Person-Centred/Existential Counselling (City University)1989-92
Registrations and Accreditations
Registered MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (500307)
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (111994)
BUPA Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist (30045091)
The Relational School
Further experience and qualifications
I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor in private practice and also for organisational settings for the last 20 years.
I provide time-limited counselling to clients from EAP schemes and BUPA.
Counsellor for students in Further and Higher Education for 14 years (1993-2007)
Counselling Development Worker at Youthreach Greenwhich (an adolescent counselling agency)for 7 years (1992-1999).
Volunteer counsellor at the Terrence Higgins Trust 1991-92
BSc Hons Social Sciences (Health) 1990-1993(North London University)
Counselling and Attachment Certificate 2006
Foundation Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2009
Couples Counselling Course (6 Days)2013
Neuroscience course (11 days) 2013 and 11 days in 2015.
Issues that I do or have worked with are:
Abuse (emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, neglect), Alcohol, Anger, Anxiety, Attachment, Bereavement, Bullying, Couples, Cultural Awareness and/or Alienation, Depression, Existential Issues, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ individuals and couples, Low Self-Esteem, Low Self-Worth, Confidence, Racism, Relating and Relationships, Self and Identity, Sexuality, Sexual Identity, Sexual Issues, Shame, Stress, Work Related Issues/stress.
This is a snap-shot of some of the areas that I do or have worked with, but is not an exhaustive list. Please contact me if you want any further clarification.
What to do now:
As mentioned above, I offer all potential clients a free 30 minute introductory pre-therapy session, without commitment at this stage. This enables us to meet, for you to say what is concerning you, and for us also to discuss professional practice issues around confidentiality, fees, cancellation policy, etc, and any questions you may have for me with regard to my practice or experience. In offering this space, we would hopefully also get a sense of whether it feels right for us to work together. Other options would also be discussed if appropriate.
Individuals - £60 to £90 per 50 minute session.
Couples - £80 to £110 per 60 minute session.
NB: At Bethnal Green Counselling I do not want to exclude any individual who needs counselling, but who may not be able to pay the standard fee range. Ie would therefore be very happy to discuss this with you in person at the initial contact.
Counselling Students on first their Counsellor Training £55 per 50 minutes, £60 per 60 minutes.
Privately paying supervisees (and/or group) and Charity Funded: £60 per 50 minutes, £65 per 60 minutes.
Private organisation funded £65 per 50 minutes, £75 per 60 minutes.
Supervision Groups are available one or more Saturday morning a month, maximum of 3 participants, plus myself. Only pay for one 50 or 60 minute space, and get supervision for 3, and 50% (1.5x)can be counted towards BACP requirements for supervision.
Francis Atkinson, Longcroft House, 2-8 Victoria Avenue, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NS.
Mob: 07960 645654 or 020 32061318
Email: [email protected] To email Francis CLICK HERE
I also work in Shoreditch High Street on Wednesday mornings up to 2pm. Please contact me for further details.