Frances Weston

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MBACP (Accred) - Therapy/Coaching For Adults & Children
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Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1LX
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome to Brighter Futures Personal Growth.

Are you feeling anxious, heartbroken, confused, stuck or overwhelmed? Perhaps you are trying to keep going after some kind of trauma, and struggling to recover. Or maybe you are going through a painful breakup. Or perhaps you are worried about your child or teen, and feel they need some help with an issue in their life.

I see adults and children from all over Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and beyond, and also offer Zoom sessions for adult clients elsewhere in the UK and overseas. I have been working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for almost 30 years - both in the NHS and private practice - and as an Executive Coach for over 12 years.

The majority of my adult clients are women and include senior executives, business owners, senior health professionals and high profile individuals in the public eye, seeking absolute discretion (entertainers, sportspeople, politicians and media personalities). I also see the spouses/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.

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.

I was one of three finalists in the Inaugural Towergate Care Awards, having been shortlisted from 140 nominees in my category.

Training, qualifications & experience

MEd Counselling 1995
Advanced PG Diploma in Counselling 1993
Diploma in Play Therapy 2001
Emotional Freedom Technique (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

Animal Assisted Therapy



Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

The National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (NCIP)

National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

For further information about my programmes, availability and fees please visit my website.

When I work

Tuesday - Thursday 11.00am - 7.30pm

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, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Zoom sessions also available for clients elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

Sunshine Barn, Church Farm, Osmaston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1LX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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