Fran Bennett

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Existential Dip Psychotherapy & Counselling MBACP (Accred), UKRCP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Brighton, BN1 5DE
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

How I Work
Existential therapy is a way of exploring your view of the world, understanding yourself, and looking at the possibility of change. The therapy supports choice, freedom, and responsibility. It recognizes that everyone is different and needs to find their unique path. It encourages people to shape their own lives, creating value and meaning.

What you can expect
We will explore your experiences and feelings, concentrating on what you consider most important. Existential therapy focuses on whatever you bring now, in the present, while acknowledging that you may, or may not, wish to explore the past. It emphasizes free will and the ability to make choices. People come to work through their concerns with such things as depression, relationship problems, and feelings arising from a crisis. Existential therapy is also a good place to explore life changes and professional and career problems.

Whatever the specific issues, it is likely that changes in self esteem and self confidence will arise from the therapeutic process. I do use cognitive behavioural techniques if necessary in order to facilitate change outside the therapy room.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with a Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent's College, London, 1999. I practice Psychotherapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and short–term, solution focused therapy. I have received specialist training in Addiction Counselling and Working with Young People (OCS Diploma, 2007). I am a Licensed Practitioner of NLP and studied with Richard Bandler (co-founder of The Society of Neuro–Linguistic Programming) and Paul McKenna. I am committed to on–going continued professional development and, as a requirement of all BACP accredited therapists, I undertake on–going professional supervision on a twice monthly basis.

I have been working in Counselling, CBT and Psychotherapy in Brighton and Hove since 2005. I have worked in the voluntary sector for since 2001, primarily or MIND and SASS. (Sussex Alcohol and Substance Misuse). People come to me for addiction therapy, bereavement and loss, depression therapy, stress and anxiety counselling, relationship therapy, improving self–esteem, alcohol and drug counselling and confidence building.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

Your first session will cost only £30 and will be an opportunity for us to discuss your needs.

Further sessions are £60 for 50 minutes. I will take personal financial circumstances into account and offer concessions for students and those retired or on a low income.

Further information

To make an appointment for Counselling, CBT or Psychotherapy, or for immediate help, please phone me, or you can contact me via my website at

24 Buxton Road, Brighton, BN1 5DE

Type of session

In person
Fran Bennett
Fran Bennett