Alex Francis, BA Hons, PG Dip, MBACP

Alex Francis, BA Hons, PG Dip, MBACP

20 Prince Edwards Road
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1BE

07588 786 060

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20 Prince Edwards Road
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1BE

07588 786 060

About me

I'm a BACP registered counsellor, based in Lewes, Sussex, within easy reach of Brighton, Eastbourne, Ringmer and surrounding towns and villages. I want to get to know the person you are now, and be there with you as you explore how to become the person you want to be. Please get in touch for a free initial meeting to see if our working together is the right choice for you.

Why Counselling

There are a number of reasons why you might be considering counselling. You may have experienced a loss or bereavement that you are trying to come to terms with. Or perhaps you are worried about your own or a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol. You could be facing difficult and perhaps life changing decisions, about work, marriage, relationships or friendships, and are looking for help to make sense of the different options. Perhaps you keep finding yourself having the same negative thoughts about yourself or others, or feel stuck in the same negative patterns of behaviour. Or it could be from a more general sense that life could be better, without quite being able to put your finger on what it is that is wrong or what you would like to, or even be able to, change.

My Approach

Whatever reasons may have brought you here, it’s likely you are hoping to find someone who wants to listen to you, who wants to understand the world as you are experiencing it, and to do this without judgement. Someone whose goal is to help you find a way of dealing with whatever has brought you here, in a way that is right for you.

My overall counselling approach is Humanistic, and I have been trained in Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Existential Therapy. I strongly believe every person is unique, and has their own way of relating to themselves, other people, and the world around them. There is no “one size fits all” in my approach to therapy. I feel it is important we get to know each other and co-create the sessions to fit what is most helpful to you.

Walking and Talking

An alternative service I offer is to hold sessions while walking in the countryside surrounding Lewes, which is in the heart of the Sussex Downs. There is an additional cost to this. Please do get in touch if you would like more information about this way of working.

What happens in the first session?

At the core of everything I do is the therapeutic relationship we form in our work together, and for that reason my suggestion would be to arrange a free initial half hour meeting to give you a sense of who I am and how we might get along together. You will then be able to decide whether you wish to proceed with what would typically be weekly fifty minute sessions. To learn more please visit my website at www.downsviewcounselling.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Merit, University of Brighton
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, Sussex Downs College
  • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Interpersonal Skills, Sussex Downs College
  • BA (Honours) Social Anthropology, minor Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Third Culture Kids, Disenfranchised Grief, Ambiguous Loss

Photos & videos

  • Downsview Counselling
  • River Path, Lewes
  • Lewes from the Sussex Downs

Fees

I charge £45 an hour for a 50 minute session. Please contact me about concessions.

Maps & Directions

Lewes, BN7 1BE

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Please do contact me if accessibility may be an issue for you to discuss whether the therapy room I usually use would be suitable.

Availability

Sessions available weekdays and some evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults