Lesley Braithwaite

Lesley Braithwaite


01373 467906

About me

I specialise in working with couples and relationships, providing a safe space in which to explore difficulties, problems and anxieties and work with you both to understand and solve them. I also work with individuals who are struggling to manage and understand unwanted or unhelpful feelings and patterns of behaviour with a view to becoming more able to make different choices in the future. The quality of the  relationship that develops between therapist and client is our key therapeutic tool. My approach is broadly psychodynamic - so I believe that our past experience has an impact on how we feel and behave now, and that it can influence us in ways we are not always aware of. Making links between past experience and current behaviour and beginning to make sense of what may lie beneath can be helpful in managing difficulties in the present. Long standing issues take time to explore and although  a focused piece of short term work can be really helpful, many people want to work in a longer term, more open ended way. We can discuss this when we meet and at intervals as we work together.

Couples work: Much of my work is with couples who are going through relationship difficulties, struggling to cope or considering divorce or separation. Together we begin to identify patterns of behaviour and start to understand their impact on your relationship over time. By reflecting on your relationship with a skilled and experienced counsellor you can begin to think about how to deal with what may feel like insurmountable problems. It can also be helpful at a time of relationship breakdown to see a couples therapist to help you come to appropriate decisions in relation to the future, including making difficult choices in the best interests of children. I work with people whether they are in a formal partnership or not, and regardless of background, gender or orientation.

Working with Individuals: A psychodynamic approach works best for people who want to understand what underlies particular feelings, anxiety or distress, or problematic patterns of behaviour and to explore those aspects of the self which are not easily accessible to the conscious mind, but nevertheless impact on how we function. In our work together we try to make connections, to understand the links between current behaviour and feelings and past experience, to inform the present and the future. This work takes time and we work at your pace and to your agenda. I am particularly interested in working with counsellors in training who are required, or would find it useful, to have counselling as part of their learning.

By understanding the past and identifying what is played out in sessions couples and individuals can start to better understand and manage the complexities of their interactions. My social work background alongside my counselling experience has given me a breadth and depth of understanding of the difficulties people can experience in making the best of their lives and developing fulfilling and rewarding relationships.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I also belong to the British Association of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC). I have ongoing supervision and regularly undertake additional training which ensures my practice is monitored, robust and updated.

Please contact me if you feel I can be of help - an email or an initial phone call will be completely confidential and an initial session will give you the opportunity to experience my approach and help you to decide if you think you would like to work with me.

I also offer supervision for other counsellors and therapists and can provide consultation for people in their couple work.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Tavistcock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) in London and worked with them for several years.

I am also a qualified social worker having worked with both children and adults, and as well as my couple specialism I have a particular interest in working with counsellors in training.

  • MBACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Member BSCPC (British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodyamic Marital and Couple Therapy UEL 2005 (TCCR)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Socio Economic Studies Brunel University 1986
  • CQSW (Social Work Qualification) University of Southamptom 1971

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with individuals and couples, whether married or not, same sex couples whether in a civil partnership or not and am committed to working in an open, non-discriminatory and accepting way.


Individuals: £40 per session (50 minutes) - initial session may take up to 90 minutes
Couples: £50 per session (60 minutes) - initial session may take up to 90 minutes
Consultation to other counsellors: £40 per session (60 minutes)

Further information

Based in Frome, close to the Town centre, I have a consulting room at my home with a separate entrance. I have appointments, both day time and evening, on  Wednesday and Thursday. It is possible to park on the street quite easily. I can usually offer an initial appointment within days of your call.

Easy access from Bath, Radstock and Midsomer Norton and the rest of North East Somerset,  Wiltshire (Bradford-upon-Avon, Trowbridge, Warminster, Melksham, Westbury etc), and the top eastern corner of Somerset (Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Wincanton, Bruton, Shepton Mallet etc) as well as parts of Dorset (Shaftesbury, Gillingham etc)

Maps & Directions

Frome, BA11

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer day and evening appointments on Wednesday and Thursday. I can sometimes offer other times so don't hesitate to ask and I'll try to be as flexible as I can. I don't work at weekends.

Supervision & training

I have long experience of supervision in the helping professions (particularly social work) and offer counselling supervision to both individual and couple counsellors.

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