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Richard Atkinson MBACP
Counselling, Psychotherapy in GLOS

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Member Organisation(s): BACP


Therapy Provides
Counselling, Psychotherapy

About Richard Atkinson MBACP
Counselling can be a safe and effective way to explore problems and difficult feelings. With regular meetings deeper insight into emotional and behavioural difficulties can develop. It may then become possible to explore and experience new ways of being.

I am a Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and have experience in working with many different people and issues including: addiction of many types, abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, child custody, depression, infertility, lack of feeling, OCD, self-esteem, trauma and relationship problems. In addition to my private practice I have provided counselling in a secondary school, a residential setting for recovery from substance abuse, a community voluntary organisation, an Employee Assistance Program and work as a counsellor with Gloucestershire County Council Occupational Health.

I provide a confidential, supportive and caring space for exploring thoughts and feelings, where you can talk without fear of judgement. I usually suggest an exploratory meeting to get a sense of each other and what it might be like to work together. Our work can be short term and focused or longer term for a more in depth exploration. If you would like to arrange an initial appointment or would like to find out more, please call me on 07828 578416. If I do not answer please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively please use the contact form to email me.
My training, work experience and any achievement
I am a Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor having trained with BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling). I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I work to these organisations Codes of Ethics and Practice.
Concerns & issues I deal with
Abuse, Addictions, Adolescence, Adoption, Affairs, Aggression, Agoraphobia, Alcohol Dependence, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Avoidant Personality, Disorder, Bereavement, Bipolar Disorder, Bisexual Issues, Boredom, Bulimia Nervosa, Bullying, Career Counselling, Childhood Issues, Chronic Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME), Codependency, Compulsive Behaviour, Concentration Problems, Couple Relationships, Criminal Behaviour, Cultural Issues, Debt, Dementia, Depression, Disability, Disaster, Disfigurement, Dissociation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Dyslexia, Eating Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Ethics, Exhaustion, Family Problems, Fatigue, Fear, Gambling, Grief, Headaches, Hysteria, Impotency, Impulsive Behaviour, Inertia, Inhibitions, Integration of Experience, Internet Addiction, Isolation, Kleptomania, Leadership, Learning Difficulties, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Managerial Consultancy, Manipulative Behaviour, Marriage (Marital Relations), Meaningless, Mediation, Melancholia, Memory Problems, Mens Issues, Menopause, Mental Health Problems, Midlife Crisis, Miscarriage, Morality, Mothering, Negative Thoughts, Neurosis, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Pain Management, Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Paranoia, Paraphilias, Parenting, Pathological Gambling, Perfectionism, Performance Management, Personal Growth, Personal Relationships, Pet Bereavement, Phobias, Physical Abuse, Physical Illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy, Premature Ejaculation (PE), Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Psychogenic Neurosis, Psychosis, Race, Rape, Redundancy, Rehabilitation, Relationship Problems, Religion, Repetitive Negative Patterns, Restrictions, Sadness, Same Sex Relationships, Schizophrenia, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self Determination, Self Development, Self Harm, Separation, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Dysfunctions, Sexual Harassment, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Shame, Shyness, Sleep Disorders, Smoking Addiction, Social Phobia, Spirituality, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Terminal Illness, Terrorism, Tiredness, Transgender Issues, Trauma, Trichotillomania, Unresolved Issues, Weight Loss, Work Stress, Emotional Abuse,
Age groups I work with
Teens
Adults
Elders
Further Information
Counselling is an opportunity for you to talk in a safe and confidential setting. I will listen to you with acceptance, empathy and unconditional positive regard.

You may have come to counselling with a particular problem or issue which you wish to resolve. Together we can explore your thoughts and feelings to gain a deeper understanding of the problem and its impact on you.

I make use of different therapeutic approaches as appropriate for each individual. My underlying approach is Humanistic or Person Centred; this is a non directive approach which believes in each persons potential and the ability to make the right choices for him or herself. Alongside this I find a Psychodynamic perspective useful for looking at a person’s history and how influences or patterns from a client’s childhood may be presenting in the present. Other approaches are also valuable and inform my work e.g. Transactional Analysis, Systems Theory and Bodywork.

However, I believe that the most important factor for successful counselling is the relationship between me, the counsellor and you, the client. In the crucible of the counselling relationship many problems can be faced and worked through. I endeavour to be both friendly and supportive as a counsellor but will be robust about challenging you when appropriate.

If you are considering working with me I usually suggest an initial consultation to discuss what brought you to counselling and how it might help you. From this we can gain a sense of what it might be like to work together.

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