Frances Weston MBACP (Accred) - Counselling/Psychotherapy For Adults & Children

Frances Weston MBACP (Accred) - Counselling/Psychotherapy  For Adults & Children

Sunshine Barn
Church Farm

01335 300996 / 07721 674078

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About me

Welcome to Brighter Futures Personal Growth.

I see adults and children from all over Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and beyond, and also offer Zoom sessions for clients elsewhere in the UK and overseas. I have been working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for over 25 years - both in the NHS and private practice - and as an Executive Coach for almost 10 years.

What I have found in my many years of practice is that commitment and regular, consistent appointments are the key to lasting results for my clients. So the way that I work is rather different from other therapists, in that I don't offer single sessions or work with people on an ad-hoc basis.

Instead I offer bespoke personal growth programmes of 3, 6 or 12 months’ duration, with the option to continue at the end on a maintenance programme if needed. My programmes combine the best of traditional approaches to talking therapy and coaching with innovative new techniques, and include an in-depth assessment, a number of 1:1 sessions and a host of extra features to support people between sessions.

The majority of my adult clients are women – typically between the ages of 35-70 – and include senior executives, business owners and high profile individuals in the public eye, seeking absolute discretion (entertainers, sportspeople, politicians and media personalities). I also see the wives/partners of such individuals.

My clients are commonly battling anxiety or depression, or are experiencing relationship problems (often a separation or divorce) family problems or bereavement.

I also specialise in working with children and young people from the age of 5-18 who are struggling with any issue that is causing them to feel stressed, unhappy or anxious.

Potential clients are always offered a free 30 minute telephone consultation with me, which can be booked through my website. It’s a chance for you to tell me more about yourself (or your child) and your situation and it enables me to get a sense of you (or your child), what your needs are and how I can serve you best. If we feel like a good fit, I can explain more about the programmes I offer and you can ask me any questions you may have.

My business premises, Sunshine Barn, is a suite of beautiful, private, non-clinical rooms in converted farm outbuildings near Ashbourne. I have a dedicated adults' room, a fully-equipped play therapy room, a waiting room, a treatment room for complementary therapies, toilets, kitchen and large training/group therapy room.  The rooms are fully accessible, and look out onto our private paddock and offer easy access to nature and animals, known to promote feelings of wellbeing.

I am a fully qualified Level 3 Advanced EFT (tapping) practitioner. I am insured and hold enhanced DBS certification.

In my specialist work with children, I offer the option of Animal Assisted Therapy with my dog, Bertha. (My work in this field has been featured in 'Psychologies' magazine, Staffordshire Life' magazine and BACP'S 'Counselling Children and Young People' magazine)

I wrote a regular column for The British Journal of School Nursing entitled 'Counsellor's Casebook' and was a member of their Editorial Board for several years. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio a number of times, and my work has been featured in several magazines and newspapers.

In March 2016, I was one of three finalists in the Inaugural Towergate Care Awards in the category ‘Creative Counselling Initiative of the Year 2016’, having been shortlisted from 140 nominees in her category. I am pictured below with comedian and actor Sally Phillips, who hosted the award ceremony at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

Please visit my website for full details of the services I offer, and don't hesitate to give me a call with any queries you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

MEd Counselling 1995
Advanced PG Diploma in Counselling 1993
Diploma in Play Therapy 2001
EFT Level 1 and 2 (2007) Advanced Practitioner Level 3 (2009)
Diploma in Performance Coaching 2010 (Accredited)
ChildLine counsellor 1992-5

Trained as bereavement counsellor with Cruse (1992)
25 years in private practice seeing adults and children
14 years working part-time in the NHS as a Highly Specialist Child Therapist in 2 CAMHS teams working with children, teenagers and their families

Also trained in:
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Family Therapy
Motivational Interviewing Techniques
Group Therapy
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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Towergate Care Awards


For further information about my availability and fees please contact me.

Further information

Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy);BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists); a senior accredited member of the NCP (National Council of Psychotherapists) and AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies)
UKRCP Registered
Fully insured
Enhanced DBS certificate
Private, cosy consulting rooms in Osmaston (near Ashbourne, just off A52).
Easy access for clients from Derbyshire and Staffordshire and neighbouring counties, Zoom sessions also available.

Maps & Directions

Ashbourne, DE6 1LX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Tuesday - Thursday 11.00am - 7.30pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults