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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Sunshine Barn
Church Farm

01335 300996 / 07721 674078

About me

Welcome to Brighter Futures Personal Growth. I see adults and children from all over Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and beyond, and have been working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for almost 25 years - both in the NHS and private practice.

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.

I offer a discreet and highly confidential service, and high profile clients including those in the public eye can be offered exclusive use of Sunshine Barn by special arrangement if they wish.

I work with clients on a short or long term basis, and integrate a number of different approaches, based on each person's needs, including coaching, NLP, ecotherapy and so on. I see individuals, couples, and families as well as offering a specialist child counselling service.

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, Tilly (as featured in 'Psychologies' Magazine, March 2008; Staffordshire Life, July 2008; and BACP'S Counselling Children and Young People, March 2010)

Until recently 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 Derby a number of times, and my work has been featured in several magazines and newspapers.

Together with my associates, I offer:

  • 1:1 and Couples counselling
  • Coaching
  • EFT
  • Play Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Eco-Therapy
  • VIP counselling/coaching days
  • 'Heal your Heart' 3 day retreats
  • Group Therapy for children
  • Experiential self-care days for professionals
  • Training days and workshops for professionals
  • A range of complementary therapies to enhance psychological wellbeing
  • Relaxation and rejuvenation days
  • Yoga workshops for children

Please visit my website for full details of all the above services, 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


Clients can be seen for 50 or 90 minute appointments, or can book 'VIP days' or three day non-residential intensive therapy/coaching retreats.

Some evening appointments available.

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 (formerly CRB disclosure)
Private, cosy consulting rooms in Osmaston (near Ashbourne, just off A52).
Easy access for clients from Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stafford, Derby, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Buxton, Leek, Burton-on-Trent, Rugeley, Lichfield, Stone and neighbouring counties.

Maps & Directions

Ashbourne, DE6 1LX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 8.30pm Fridays 9.00am to 2.00pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I have over ten years’ experience working as a supervisor with individuals and groups, both in person and over the telephone.

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