Dr Carole Francis-Smith - CPsychol. BACP, BPS, HPCP, ACTO reg'd.
Life can be a struggle for us all, at any point in our lives, and seeking help a first step to getting back on track. I provide a safe place to explore your unique experience from my beautiful clinic near Bristol and online.
I am a chartered counselling psychologist who trained as a therapist later in life after a previous career working with vulnerable young people and adults of all ages. I hope that this, coupled with my further training and therapeutic experience means I can offer something useful to you.
I have over 10 years experience of supporting people through difficulties in their life and feel it is a great privilege to be in this position. Being a counselling psychologist means I am able to offer a range of therapeutic techniques and psychological theories as appropriate to therapy. I have worked with a range of mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, OCD, depression, loss & bereavement, relationship problems, work-related stress, end of life issues, life changes, problematic anger, self-confidence, self-esteem and trauma) and have learned that every persons experience is unique - for this reason I work by listening to your needs and offering a form of therapy that will suit you.
How therapy works with me
Initial session - I offer a slightly longer first session (at the same price) to give us the opportunity to talk through your issues and start building a working relationship. We would then make an agreement about how to go forward and if we decide I am not the person to help you at this time I can help you find someone who is. I have experience in working long or short-term and I expect we would decide on an amount of sessions initially then review this regularly.
Ongoing sessions- These sessions are 60 minutes long and likely to feel different to the initial session as we get to know each other better. Therapy is likely to work best if you are able to attend regular appointments. We will review how therapy is progressing regularly to make sure it is suiting your needs.
Ending therapy- I strongly believe finishing therapy well is very important and will be working on this with you, focussing on your future.
My belief is that any one of us can feel in need of help at some time and I hope I can offer that to you. The beauty of a talking therapy is that it provides a safe place with a safe person to talk through difficult issues, and even if we have people in our lives that care about us we can often feel like we don’t want to burden them.
You are very welcome to enquire about therapy with me - I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained as a counselling psychologist which involves advanced training in many mental health issues, assessment, therapeutic techniques, therapy planning, ethics, psychometric testing etc. Accredited with the BPS by spending a minimum of 450 hours working with clients. Undertaken doctoral research into Email counselling and the therapeutic relationship.
I have also further trained in a variety of areas and techniques to enhance my practice. This includes compassion focused therapy which I have seen help people feeling stuck in very self-critical and shameful places to move on with their lives, and sustain their own recovery.
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – University of the West of England.
Psychology degree (1st class) – University of the West of England.
Counselling skills certificate – Bristol University.
Certificate in Online Counselling skills – Online Counselling and Supervision Training (OCST).
I have been fortunate enough to work with people from all walks of life from the ages of 16-80 in a range of settings (a hospital, NHS counselling service, learning disability trust, university counselling service). Some of the issues I have worked with are; anxiety, depression, loss & bereavement, relationship problems, work-related stress, end of life issues, life changes, problematic anger, self-confidence, self-esteem and trauma.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Prices can vary so please feel free to contact me and look on my website.
As a useful guide;
In-person therapy - £90 60 minute sessions (longer initial assessment session at the same rate).
Online therapy - £50 for an Email exchange
£75 for a Webcam session
Booking a block of online sessions lowers the price.
I also offer a bespoke training service details of which are on my website.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work on the first floor of the clinic, which is a listed building with no lift unfortunately, but may be able to gain access to a more suitable room.
I operate a therapy practice at a purpose built clinic in Iron Acton (near Bristol) on Tuesdays, but have some flexibility for other times/days as the need arises.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Good supervision is crucial for client safety and supports therapists performing their often difficult work.