Frances Taylor MBACP - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling, Dip. Substance Misuse
Would you like to have a space just for you, to share your story with someone where there is empathy and understanding, a journey with enhanced listening and the freedom to release whatever is weighing you down?
Maybe you have considered talking to someone but have felt unsure which way to turn, to take the first step towards therapeutic support.
This time of year often triggers feelings and memories that lead to seeking support in a safe space. I have found clients of all ages really need someone to listen to with the challenges a new year can bring.
I still have some availability for new clients around this time, including a couple of new spaces on Saturdays, which do get booked up quickly.
This is flexible around the need of Kent and London children too with term variations.
I am now able to offer sessions on Friday in Maidstone town centre, please get in touch if you would like to book a session.
I am an experienced Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, who is skilled in providing support to children, young people and adults, tailored to individual needs and concerns a client has. I work Integratively from a Core Humanistic Base, also known as client centred therapy. This enables you as client to manage the work, and know where you may wish for support or challenge, to recognise changes and areas you might like to focus on. As well as being a member of the BACP, I have passed the certificate of proficiency, an enhanced level of quality in practice.
I am also a Qualified Substance Misuse Counsellor and trained Bereavement Counsellor. I recognise the difficulties faced in the process of grief and coping with loss. The feelings of depression, anger, disbelief and shock. I am able to support those struggling with addictions across the scale, from seeking recovery, abstinence and the journey along the way. I work with all addictions and related patterns, such as the impacts on your relationships.
I am a trained experienced school Counsellor, having worked with children of all ages. I work in Primary and Secondary schools, local services and other settings with children and young people.
I provide one to one counselling for both long and shorter term work. This could be a structured contract of 6-10 sessions, or ongoing where there are issues you would like to explore in more depth. There is no time limit.
I can also provide Family sessions and Group therapy sessions, and specialise in bereavement, transition and substance misuse groups. I also have experience working with post natal depression and children in groups.
I have over 20 years experience working with diverse communities, and incorporate culture and faith into my work as therapist. I have worked with clients with Complex Mental Health needs and those whose first language is not English. I support access to therapy for local minority groups, and Women's health. I have a particular interest in this area, including post natal depression, children of a post natal mother and related attachment issues, and impact of women's health conditions on the mind and body.
I work with children, young people and adults of all ages. I have worked extensively within complex bereavement, schools, substance misuse and addictions and general counselling services. As well as talking therapies, I use creative tools, play therapy, drama and masks, sand trays and chair work. I encourage clients bringing what they need too, such as music, keepsakes and memorials.
The therapy space I work in is calm and welcoming, with parking and direct transport links.
Just Therapy in Sidcup is in the High Street, benefitting from parking and great bus and train links on the doorstep.
St Edmunds Living Well Centre in Dartford is a real community venue, and benefits from being on the Fastrack route as well as all travel routes, minutes from the town centre and Bluewater.
I have a central location in Bromley too, ideal for working with clients of all ages.
I can also now offer some sessions in Maidstone town centre on Fridays - day time, please get in touch for details.
I cover all local areas - including Swanley, all of Dartford and villages, Sidcup, Bromley, Bexley, Eltham, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Thurrock , Lewisham and all surrounding towns. I am able to see you if you are in another borough or local area too.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BACP L4 Diploma in Substance Misuse Counselling
St Christopher's Hospice Certificate in Bereavement Training for Counsellors
CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling studies
CPCAB Levels 2 and 1 in Counselling skills
Place2Be School Counsellor Training and Safeguarding Certificate
Place2Be Working with Metaphor, Secondary School Trained Counsellor, SENCO, Attachment Theories and self awareness of counsellor, Helping Children Tell their stories, Making Endings with Children
West Kent MIND Full Induction Training - November 2016
MIND in Bexley Training Induction Certificate
Specialist Training in Bereavement in West African Communities
Attachment Theories with Colin Murray Parkes Certificate
Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults - Transition into Adulthood
Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
British Psychoanalytic Council Biennial Training Conference
Engaging with Gypsy and Traveller Communities - Bromley Healthcare - includes named BHC supporter/card holder
8 Module Training Certificate CRI Bromley - includes Safeguarding Adults and Children, probation and working with multiple agencies, safer usage for substances and key work.
I worked at CRI as a Group Facilitator with attendees from 2 - 25 people, from Ambulatory Detox to maintaining recovery. I worked as sole facilitator using both weekly programmes, SMART recovery and my own work, these were very well received by the diverse client base.
Memorial Support Counsellor/ Facilitator at St Christopher's Hospice - last winter's event was attended by over 200 bereaved family and friends, all team support was provided by volunteers as no paid staff present.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist needs of local communities, hidden impairments and disabilities, Anxiety, Depression, Epilepsy and neurological issues including head injuries,Family systemic work, IBS/Crohns/Coeliac, gynaecological conditions including endometriosis.
I am a specialist in attachment theory and the experience in children and development. This is a key part of my work with both children, young people and adults.
Relationships between different races and cultures, Children and Families of mixed cultures and races, nature as therapy, improving services for adult survivors of a post natal childhood and new Mums or Mums to be, Support for guardians/carers of children in Social Care Services.
Economic change and workplace support - including job loss, TUPE, discrimination, capability, flexible working, equality, stress and bullying.
Experienced worker addressing gaps in local service provisions and working to promote change with other agencies, such as Directorates, Service Heads and Chief Executives.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
Individuals (Adults, Children and Young People) - £40 - £50 per therapeutic hour.
Couples - £60 - £70 per therapeutic hour.
Groups - price to be agreed dependent on attendees/location/timing. I am able to facilitate groups days/early evenings.
Family sessions - £60/£70
I can consider home visits within a certain radius, please note a small fee may be incurred dependent on location.
Student counsellors - I am currently offering a reduced rate of £30.
Supervision - £40 ph 1-2-1. Group and organisations - please contact for fee/details
Bespoke training and guest speaking/event attendance - please email or call for more details.
I have passed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency, ensuring enhanced awareness of your needs from a professional perspective.
I hold a current enhanced DBS Certificate
I hold specialist skills and experience supporting clients with disabilities (including hidden conditions), diversity, bereavement, trauma, training, workplace support and palliative care.
I have my own transport to work with clients and staff in schools, one to one, agency settings or for EAP work.
I am experienced working with Foster carers and children and am a respite worker for looked after children in Bromley .
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||I can offer support to those whose first language is not English|
I have flexible day and evening availability Monday to Friday, and am able to offer Saturday appointments between 9am - 3pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am able to provide Supervision, either one to one or group.View supervision profile