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Counselling, Supervision and Creative Therapies at Clapham Common Clinic (South West London)

Marcia Atkinson
MSc, BSc, PgCert, MBACP (Accred).

"Who can walk into unknown woods and head directly for the other side? Wandering for a spell makes the journey even more exciting" Vine Deloria, Jr. American Indian Writer.

We live in such a fast and demanding world that we often do not have the time to "check in" with ourselves and the lives we are living. It is not until we experience certain crossroads in our life that many of us are forced to do what is called a "Life Audit". This can be brought on by significant experiences/crises in our lives such as getting married or the break up of a relationship; having children or infertility; a change of career through choice or redundancy, a major illness or the death of a loved one. I believe that many of us very naturally and privately do such an audit.

Yet to do such an audit with a professionally trained counsellor is often viewed as "indulgent", for the "weak-minded", for "mad" people, for those who have no friends and should only be done as a last resort! The counselling profession have invested alot of time, energy and marketing into helping the general population understand the purpose and benefits of counselling and in exploring and challenging the negative perceptions of counselling held by some members of society. As a consequence of this, counsellling is becoming less taboo and stigmatised and available for example by the National Health Service and in Schools. However, for some people, the stigma attached to counselling still remains and prevents people from getting the help they need. I feel that we should all have "emotional checkups" (just as we have physical health checks from the G.P.) as and when we need it - that asking for help is a act of strength and courage not weakness.

More than ever with the economic recession, more of us are facing difficult life choices. These choices can sometimes affect our loved ones and therefore it is difficult to turn to them for help when you need objectivity around a particular life issue. Counsellors are objective and have no agenda other than to help you: explore what is going on for you; "grow" emotionally and make sense of your life and the decisions you want or need to make.

"Walls turned sideways are bridges" Angela Davis

My name is Marcia Atkinson and I have been a professionally qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in South West London for the past 10 years.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P.). This is a professional regulatory body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to whose Code of Ethics and protocols I adhere to.

As a professional counsellor, I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

Creative Expression
I like to enhance your counselling experience with me by using a variety of creative therapeutic "talking" tools. These are poetry, photography, journal writing, art therapy, film therapy and music therapy.

These methods can help to provide an "in-road" to the expression of difficult and painful issues (past or present) where you feel stuck, scared or are struggling to find the words for what you are feeling. These tools can be useful at the time of reviews and endings to help you see how much you have achieved and what issues may still need further work.

Creative therapies can also help you to fully express yourself and to get in touch with or discover/rediscover your inner child. Who says therapy can't be fun too!

This is not an exhaustive list but I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:

>Alcohol Addiction
>Stress & Anxiety
>Redundancy issues
>Relationships (intimate and friendships)
>Racial identity
>Chronic health conditions (i.e. HIV, Lupus, M.E.)
>Sexual abuse
>Loss & Bereavement
>Finding your voice
>Self-esteem & Confidence
>Enhancing your creativity
>Making decisions
>Work stress
>Fear of failure
>Expressing and managing anger
>Personal Boundaries
>Work/Life Balance
>Inner Loneliness
>Feeling stuck
>The meaning of life
>Exam stress
>Letting go

I am able to provide counselling and supervision during the day and at evenings and on weekends from Clapham Common Clinic, South West London.

I am able to offer therapy on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period depending on the issue at hand.

My practice is based in South West London at The Clapham Common Clinic,151-153 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7SS.

The nearest tube station is Clapham Common (Northern Line) or bus 345 from Brixton to Clapham Common Station.

Contact Details
Please contact me at or on 07988898165 to talk about any questions you may have, arrange an assessment or simply get a feel for who I am.

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