Frances Basset (MA) MBACP (Senior Accred)
If you are you looking for a counsellor/therapist who can offer genuine warmth and a welcoming space, combined with many years of professional experience, then I may be right for you. I offer short or long term counselling, psychotherapy and supervision tailored to your individual needs. I came to a career in counselling and therapy after working for many years as a nurse and senior lecturer in nursing. My route into the profession began in 2003 with a post graduate certificate in transpersonal psychology. An interest in the person-centred/humanistic approach to therapy led to my discovery of Psychosynthesis.
Over the years I have worked successfully with men and women and those who identify as non-binary and gender fluid. I work with people of all ages with a wide range of presenting issues/ problems. See list below.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have recently returned to academia and am studying for a Doctorate in Professional Studies in Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Psychosynthesis counsellor/psychotherapist and
Post-graduate diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (University of East London)
Post graduate certificate in Transpersonal Psychology and a post-graduate certificate in Counselling Supervision (University College Plymouth St Mark and St John). I also have a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision from Cascade Associates.
In addition, I have a first degree in Nursing and a Masters degree in health care management. I have fifteen years experience as a senior lecturer in health care at the University of Brighton. I also have fifteen years experience of therapy work in both public and private settings. I have worked with clients of all ages from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Brighton and Hove is a vibrant city rich in culture and diversity. With this in mind, I particularly welcome Lesbian,Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender/Transsexual /Intersex/Non-binary/Gender-fluid clients along with those from Black, Asian and Ethnic minorities. People with disabilities are welcomed and I will try to arrange disabled access, please email me to discuss in advance.
Psychosynthesis is a holistic form of therapy which upholds the notion that people have mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects to their being. I acknowledge and respect these elements when I work with you. Psychosynthesis is essentially, a person-centred approach in that we work in partnership on the issues that are most important to you, session by session.
How I work
I usually suggest we start with three sessions so that I can assess your needs and tailor the work to you personally. During these initial 3 sessions, I will invite you to tell your story so that I can get a picture of how life has been and your feelings about it. You may feel you want to talk about your life and your problems now, rather than in the past. That is fine, what is essential, is that you guide where we go and you control what we talk about, and the depth and pace at which you want to explore issues. This is important in that it helps me to understand and assess how we might work together in the future and I get to know what the priorities are for you. The other purpose of this is that you can begin to feel safe enough to discuss the things that are troubling you most. This safety is paramount and is the foundation of a trusting, confidential and professional relationship in which healing can begin.If it is something you feel comfortable with, we can devise an action plan to look at how we could work together on your problems. This may be verbal or even in a written format if you prefer. Clients sometimes find artwork helpful; or sandtray with objects (Gestalt work) as a means of expressing difficult feelings for example. We might work with visualisations if that is something that appeals to you. The most important thing is that you decide what feels right for you. I will suggest a review after three or six sessions, so that we can take a step back from what we have talked about and discuss what is helping in particular, and you can (if you wish) give me feedback as to whether you are getting what you want from the relationship. If you are, and you wish to continue, we can keep reviewing as we go along.
I am equally committed to you requiring just six sessions of counselling as I am to those who I have worked with psycho- therapeutically for many years.
In addition, I have specific experience of successfully helping people who have experienced trauma, for example PTSD or the effects of early childhood abuse. I am trained in EMDR which is now the treatment of choice for PTSD /trauma recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence - see www.emdrassociation.org.uk. This is being extensively researched as potentially very helpful for those with depression, attachment issues and bereavement as well as obsessions phobias, anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder.
In addition, I offer integrative supervision for established counsellors and therapists. I also supervise students in training. I believe supervision should be a working partnership, where therapists can discuss not only their day-to-day client work, but also their professional and academic development, in a safe and restorative environment. I have worked as a counselling supervisor since 2011 and before this, for many years offering support and supervision groups in my role as senior lecturer at the university of Brighton.
In addition to client work, I also offer support and guidance for therapists and counsellors applying for accreditation with the BACP. Having fifteen years experience within higher education, I can offer sound support during this process. Applying for accreditation can be daunting if you struggle with academic language. My academic background enables me to particularly help with developing the links between theory and practice which can sometimes be difficult to articulate on paper.
You are welcome to e mail me if you would like to find out more. I will respond promptly.
I have in the recent past, been awarded the title of BACP accredited practitioner 'Champion' for 2014. This is a title given to just seven therapists nationally, and recognises my continued professionalism and high standards of professional development following a recent BACP national audit.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
spirituality/spiritual emergency/ awakening
dialectical behaviour therapy skills
emotional freedom technique (EFT) for stress reduction/generalised anxiety disorder
ageing and older people
effects of discrimination and oppression
attachment/ separation issues-especially survivors of boarding school
trauma / PTSD
Concessions offered for
Counselling and Psychotherapy (including EMDR) for individuals £55 per hour, negotiable.
Supervision £55 per hour,
Evening sessions are available but these tend to be the most often filled quickly.
There is no charge for the first session as this is a meeting to give us an opportunity to find out about each other and for you to ask me any questions you might have.
Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings, especially Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
I have a particularly pleasant setting for my counselling work.... a spacious, light room with a view out to sea.
Regarding keeping ourselves safe in light of Covid 19 - The BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, www.bacp.co.uk) are currently re-iterating both Govt and NHS advice.
In addition they are suggesting the following:-
Keeping 2 metres apart in counselling rooms.
Disinfecting client seating areas; table, glass, bathroom as far as is possible between each visitor .
Tissues put out separately between each visitor-No communal box
Following NHS advice strictly - Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.
Asking all clients to take their used tissues home in their bag for disposal - No bin
Providing wipes or hand gel in the room or bringing your own
Not using a communal towel in the bathroom for hands-please bring your own.
These measures are in addition to all the usual medical guidelines regarding symptoms and protection of others. My situation may change and I will inform you immediately if I need to change my plans.
Scope of my work:-
I have experience of working with people with generalised anxiety and relationship problems right through to working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems.
I also welcome older people who often feel that counselling is not something that would be available to them. I designed and led a degree programme for health care professionals recently and this was focussed on issues that affect older people. Examples may be worries around retirement/re-employment, identity and ageing, recovering from ill health (mental and physical), living with ageist attitudes, spiritual well being and end of life issues.
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Bus numbers 12, 14 and 27 go direct to my location in Kemp Town.