About Mandy Atkinson

Counsellor Hadlow

The benefits of therapy

A number of years ago, a close friend of mine suggested I seek some therapy to help me through a very difficult period of my life.  As it turned out, this was wonderful advice; the experience of having counselling was life changing for me.   It offered the opportunity to go and see someone who I could to speak to in confidence, who was outside of my situation and who was non-judgmental.   I realised that I was able to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with my counsellor.  I felt valued, really listened to and I felt heard and understood.  I began to understand myself better, build my self esteem, develop a reflective capacity and look closer at how I related to other people.

 

 

Finding the resources within you

My aim through my counselling and psychotherapy practice is to help others through offering therapy during difficult situations in their lives, in the same way that I received help myself.   Throughout my training in counselling and psychotherapy this has been my aim.   I am passionate about doing this work , and I feel privileged to be able to help the people that I do.

 

 

“I believe that everyone has the ability through their own inner resources to resolve their own issues and problems that they face. I see my role as helping to find those resources within you”

 

Healing through therapy

Healing and personal growth can be achieved within a caring environment that therapy offers. In this way, it is possible to really get to know yourself and consider the options available in order to move on in your life.

 

As a psychotherapist at Matters of the Mind Counselling and Psychotherapy in Hadlow, I run my own psychotherapy practice, where I see individuals, couples and groups.  I have been a couples counsellor at Bromley Community Counselling Service, and an Eating and Behavioural Therapist at WeightMatters.  I have been a counsellor at Burrswood, a counsellor at Orpington and Farnborough Counselling Service and a counsellor at Place2Be.

 

 

Qualifications

My professional journey has involved nursing, teaching, counselling and psychotherapy. I am a UKCP accredited, qualified psychotherapist and am a Certified Transactional Analyst. I have completed advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.  I am endorsed by EATA and UKATA as a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA). I also hold a Diploma in relationship-based supervision of individuals and groups.  In addition, I am a BACP accredited counsellor. I adopt a naturally integrative and relational approach to the therapy and supervision I provide. 

 

I hold a post compulsory Certificate in Education and a Masters (MA) in Strategic Marketing.  I originally trained as a Registered General Nurse. 

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Certified Transactional Analyst, CTA (P)

Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst, PTSTA (P)

Diploma in Relationship-Based Supervision of Individuals and Groups

British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) Accredited Counsellor

Advanced Clinical Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited course)

Introductory Certificate in Trauma 

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

TA101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.)

Certificate in Post Compulsory Education (Cert. Ed)

Masters of Arts in Strategic Marketing (M.A.)

Certificate in eLearning, Teaching and Training (CeLTT)

 

Membership

United Kingdom Council Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Accredited Member of the BACP

United Kingdom Council for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

European Transactional Analsysis Association (EATA)

International Association of Relational Transactionsl Analysis ( IARTA)

International Association of Transactional Analysis (IATA)

Fellow Higher Educational Academy (HEA)

Bupa recognised therapist

I am a Bupa recognised therapist, and provide short term counselling and psychotherapy. Here is the link to my listing on the Bupa website.