Francis Atkinson Counselling & Psychotherapy in The City & East London

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Counselling and Psychotherapy

in Shoreditch, Liverpool Street, the City of London & East London

Francis Atkinson, MSc Psychotherapy, MBACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Senior Accredited), UKCP (Registered) Psychotherapist, NCS Senior Accredited Registrant.

I have moved to 229 Shoreditch High St. I will be mainly based at this address and also at Livierpool Street.

Welcome to my Counselling and Psychotherapy website.

I have been a ProfessionalCounsellor and Psychotherapist in East London and adjoining areas for over 25 years.

My counselling and psychotherapy practices are based on the boundary of East London and The City of London at High St, very close to the new Shoreditch High Street Overground station, on the border of border of Bethnal Green and Dalston, and also at Liverpool Street.

I have worked in private practice, the education sector, and also for charitable organisations. I work with a wide range of clients that includes adolescents, adults, individuals, straight and gay couples, male, female, all sexualities, older clients, many ethnicities and different cultural backgrounds.

Registration and Accreditation
I am Registered as a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Senior Accredited 500307) and abide by and work within their Ethical Framework for good practice 2016.
I am Registered as a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Psychotherapist (UKCP 111994).
I am also registered with the National Counselling Society as a Senior Accredited Registrant (NCS17-04443).
Because of my registratsions above, I am also recognised by the Government's Health Professions Authority.

Registered BUPA Provider No 30045091

Psychotherapy in Shoreditch call me on 07960645654 or email me at

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Seeking Counselling or Psychotherapy

As you are visiting my counselling and psychotherapy website, I imagine that things are perhaps difficult for you at the moment, or perhaps have been for some time and that now you are thinking about contacting a counsellor or psychotherapist to talk about these issues.
Counselling or psychotherapy, can be a big thing to consider embarking on and it is important that you, as an individual, or couple, are able to make an informed, and hopefully positive decision, to start having counselling or to see a psychotherapist.

At my East London counselling practice, I aim to offer you a safe and confidential space for you to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a respectful, safe, and non-judgmental environment. My aim is to help you begin to explore the issues and difficulties you have been experiencing over the short or long time, and give you time to explore your emotions, and also to think about and decide what it is you need to do, to be able to then make changes in your life or to come to a new understanding, resolution, and/or acceptance.

As part of my own journey in becoming a counsellor I have also had a substantial amount of counselling and psychotherapy myself, which has in turn led me to where I am today as a therapist. During my own psychotherapy, (10+ years) and also in training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have come to realise how important the reliability of the counsellor-psychotherapist is to the client and the therapeutic process. Also, the quality of the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and client is a vital ingredient. Whether the issue is more specific, such as, anxiety, relationship issues, or couples work, depression abuse or other well-being concerns, that might include mental health issues, the therapeutic relationship between myself and you, and the ability to create a safe and containing environment, with trust, respect, and acceptance, will be my goal, and vital to enable you to come to a more satisfactory place in your world.

Counselling in Liverpool Street call me on 07960645654 or email me at

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Helping You Decide

Free Half Hour Preliminary Therapy Session
As a way of helping you to make a more informed decision about seeing the right psychotherapist in East London or to access psychotherapy in Shoreditch, I offer all potential clients, individuals and couples, a free half hour pre-therapy preliminary session, without commitment at this stage, on either side. This will hopefully enable you to make a more informed decision about starting counselling or psychotherapy with me. From this free half hour session, we may choose to work together, or, you may want to take some time to think about it, or you may decide not to start. Whatever feels right for both of us is the most important part.

I am committed to providing good quality counselling and psychotherapy in Shoreditch and Liverpool S at my Liverpool Street and Shoreditch practices, in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. As I have already said above, one of the most important aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, is the reliability of the counsellor/psychotherapist. This I will endeavour to be at all times.

Often, individuals and couples don't have a sense of how long counselling or psychotherapy is going to take. I work with individuals and couples on a short, long term, and open-ended basis, depending on what the counselling issues are that are going to be worked on. If you haven't experienced counselling or psychotherapy previously,I think it is often a good idea to have a number of sessions (6-8) as a trial period, to see how the counselling-psychotherapy is progressing, whether it feels right for you, and whether you feel you are getting something out of it. If you are, and you would like to continue, then the agreement might be on a more open-ended basis. All of this is negotiable.

Looking for a psychotherapist in East London, - call me on 07960645654 or email me at

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What sort of issues do I work with?

Over the 25+ years I have been working as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor in East London I have worked with many clients and many issues.

I have worked with the issues listed below. Some of them more regularly than others. There may also be some that aren't listed. So, if you are looking for counselling in Liverpool Street, or psychotherapy in the Shoreditch, or a counsellor in East London and you cannot see what you are looking for listed here, then do please contact me to see if I can help you. I work at my Shoreditch practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from early morning to mid-evening, and most Saturday mornings. I work at my Liverpool Street venue on Mondays.

Abuse (including sexual, physical, psychological, emotional, neglect)
Alcohol use
Attachment issues
Cultural awareness and/or alienation
Developmental deficits
Existential issues
LGBTQ individuals and couples
Life stages
Panic (acute or ongoing)
Personality Disorders
Relating and Relationship Issues
Self and Identity
Sexual Identity
Work related stress (overwhelming and underwhelming)

Again, please do contact me if there is something not listed above that you would like to check out with me whether I can help you.

Modalities I work in

My main way of working is what is called Integrative-Relational, which, for my way of working, includes principals of Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Existential theory and elements of Cognitive Behavioural principals. As mentioned above, paramount to all of these, is the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and so I also call myself a Relational Therapist.

Counselling in Liverpool Street call me on 07960645654 or email me at


MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute and Validated by Middlesex University 1995-2001
Post Graduate Certificate in Holding the Couple in Mind at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) 2014
Diploma in Integrative Supervision at The Minster Centre 2011/12
BSc hons Social Sciences (Health Pathway) 1990-1993 North London University
3 year Certificate in Person-Centred and Existential Counselling at City University 1989-1992
Counselling and Attachment Certificate 2006
Foundation Certificate in Cognitive and Behavioural Counselling 2009
Course (6 days) 2013
Neuroscience course (22 days) 2013 and 2015

Registrations and Accreditations

MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor and Psychotherapist
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
NCS Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist


The Minster Centre
The Relational School
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
National Counselling Society

Further Experience

I have also worked in the following settings:

As a Clinical Supervisor for Counsellors and Psychotherapists in private practice for over 20 years.
As a Counsellor in a Further Education College (Hendon College) for 2 years
As a Counsellor in a Higher Education University (East London University) for 12 years
As a Counselling Development worker - Counsellor and Supervisor in an Adolescent Counselling Agency (Youthreach) for 7 years.
As a Volunteer Counsellor at the Terrence Higgins Trust (1-2 Years)

Continuing Professional Development
Introduction to Mentalisation (1 day)
Neuroscience for Therapists (9 days)
The stuck couple (1 day)

The Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life, Una McCluskyey, January 2016 (2 days)
Developmental Attunement, Relational Needs and Therapeutic Presence. June 2016 (2 days)
Neuroscience reading group (ongoing)

Trauma, Attachment, Affect Dysregulation, and Shame. Treating the Seeds of Self-Destructive Behaviours. January 2017 (2 days)
Neuroscience of Therapists (ongoing)
Attachment and Trauma, The resilience of mind and body (3 days)
The Growth-Promoting Role of Mutual Regeressions in Deep Psychotherapy, Dr Allan Schore, September 2017 (1 day)

Ease of Access from Surrounding Areas

Because my Liverpool Street/ and Shoreditch counselling and psychotherapy practices are on the border of East London, and the City many individuals and couples working or living slightly further away, but looking for experienced counsellor and/or psychotherapist close to Old Street, Broadgate, Fenchurch Street, Aldgate, Monument, Tower Hill, Bank, St Pauls, Barbican, Farringdon, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Hoxton, Dalston, Hackney, Mile End, Docklands and Canary Wharf, also contact my counselling and psychotherapy service.

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Statement of Ethical Practice

At my City of London/Liverpool Street and Shoreditch counselling and psychotherapy practices, I am committed to offering ethical therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy in line with the BACP, UKCP, NCS and Minster Centre Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also committed to 'social diversity, equality and inclucivity of treatment without discrimination of any kind' (BACP Sept 2016).

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Counselling and Psychotherapy

Individuals - £50 to £80 per 50 minute session
Couples - £70 to £100 per 60 minute session

I offer the sliding scale above to allow for individuals and couples to pay what you feel you can afford, and what you think the therapy is worth.

I also make a commitment to try and not refuse any potential client on the basis of cost. So, if you feel you cannot afford what are the 'standard' sliding-scale rates given above, then do please still contact me so we can talk about what might be possible.

Location and Directions

I am also within very easy reach of Bow, Hackney, Mile End, Lime House and Wapping. My Liverpool Street and Shoreditch counselling and psychotherapy practices are also accessible by various transport links, including the Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan lines, National Rail, the Overground, and many bus routes.

To find directions via google maps just CLICK HERE

Please click on the Links and Location to find more detailed information on how to access my Liverpool Street and Shoreditchpractices.

Thank you for visiting my website and do please click on the other pages for more information, or contact me for any further information that you don't find here.

I work in Shoreditch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and most Saturday mornings, very close to Shoreditch High St Overground.
229 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ.
and at Longcroft House, Victoria Avenue, EC2 on Mondays all day.

Both venues are by Appointment only.

Please contact me to arrange an appointment or anything you need to know before you decide whether to have a free half hour session.

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