Frances Bernstein Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Frances Bernstein Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Hale Village Therapy Centre
210A Ashley Road
Greater Manchester
WA15 9SN

077010 88649

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Hale Village Therapy Centre
210A Ashley Road
Greater Manchester
WA15 9SN

077010 88649

About me

It can be difficult making the first step to seeing a psychotherapist.    I work hard to put my clients at ease and pay particular attention to respect for my clients.  You may wish to attend for one or two sessions to decide whether my approach will be helpful to you.  Most clients chose to attend once a week, and attending at the same time and on the same day each week leads to a feeling of safety where it becomes easier to talk about what is troubling you.  Some clients prefer twice-weekly therapy and this type of therapy will usually be long-term therapy.

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience.  I work individually, in short-term and long-term therapies.  I also work with couples.

Psychotherapy can help with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse, relationship difficulties, and somatisation disorders.   Psychotherapy can also help with identity problems, or just not feeling right or losing a sense of purpose in life. 

My work is informed by psychoanalytic and attachment approaches.  I work with my clients to understand both conscious and unconscious communications and through the developing understanding change becomes possible.

I work with adults and with young people, aged 15 and over.

Training, qualifications & experience

My first profession was in nursing.  I worked as a Sister in intensive care and trained as a nurse teacher.

Later I trained as a counsellor and gained BACP accreditation in 1999.

I trained as a supervisor of other therapists and health professionals.  I see other therapists for supervision and therapy.

I then trained in greater depth as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a group therapist in the 4 year training at the NWIDP in Manchester.  During my psychotherapy training I saw patients at the Red House and Macartney House Psychotherapy Centres and I ran an analytic group at Gaskell House Psychotherapy Centre.

I became a member of UKCP in 2009.

I have worked in the NHS, the voluntary sector and the private sector.   I worked in GP surgeries for 10 years and also worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in the psychology department.   I worked with care leavers at Barnardos in Manchester from 2000 until 2015.  I also worked for 2 years as a sessional psychotherapist at the Priory Hospital in Altrincham.

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My fees are £60 a session (50 minutes). Concessions are available.

Further information

I do home visits to care homes and to hospitals.

Maps & Directions

Altrincham, WA15 9SN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I currently have availability on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

Supervision provides the safe and confidential space required for counsellors and psychotherapists to think about and understand their work with clients.  I qualified as a supervisor at the University of Manchester in 2002 and provide supervision to counsellors working in organisations and also in private practice. .

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