Constance Ffrench MBACP,BA (Hons) ,Dip, PGCE.
Welcome to my page, my name is Constance Ffrench. I presently run a private practice (ffrenchlistens), as well as working within the mental health field, charities and Education.
A registered bacp integrative counsellor, using effective approaches from different schools of therapies in allowing clients to actively shed light on their personal issues within sessions.
In addition to talking therapy, creative interventions such as visualisation, art and object relational approach provides a safe environment that empowers clients to get in touch with unhelpful ways of relating with others and themselves. These insights promote a more holistic sense of self and a successful outlook on life.
Ffrenchlistens work with clients with a wide range of issues including Bereavement, Domestic Violence, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Lack of Confidence and Self-Esteem, Depression/Anxieties and overall Well-being.
There are many types of loss. It could be a loss of a friendship, a loss of your identity due to an illness that changes your reality as you have known it to be, a loss of a secure family unit, a loss of a job you have been in for many years, a loss of a lifestyle due to money difficulties or a loss of a home where you grew up in. All of these losses can have a major impact on a person because you had formed a bond that gave you security and made you feel safe in your world.
The loss of a loved one; is one, if not the most unimaginable experiences that we go through in life. This experience and the depth in which it impacts a person may also be determined by how close of a relationship you had. The process of grieving will be different for everyone even if, as a family you have lost a mother, father or sibling. This is because everyone has a different way of coping with situations. Some people may feel that it is wrong for them to carry on with life when a loved one has died and the only way to still feel connected with the loved one is to be in constant pain; as a way showing that they care, because to feel differently to this will be a betrayal to what relationship they had with their loved one.
Sometimes many people feel that if they are not in the constant sadness and are moving on with their lives, it may show to others that they do not care. This may often then causes the person to become depressed while feeling a sense of guilt or shame. Moreover, they start questioning their loyalty to their loved one, other members of their families, or friends who are dealing their own grieving process differently to them.
- You can only grieve in the ways that you know how to because there is no manual of the right or wrong ways to grieve. However, if you are feeling stuck within you grieving process (as we all do at different stages of life when we are dealing with emotions that are not a part of our everyday experiences) and you need a safe non-judgemental space to unpick the emotional confusion that is taking control of your life, I am able to provide you with that emphatic space and together will explore healthier ways for you to move forward with your life.
- Confidence and Self-Esteem
We all have areas in our lives that we are more confident and have grater esteem in than others areas. Understanding that we have choices and can choose to change aspects of our lives, in how we communicate or approach certain situations enables us to start changing our unhelpful patterns of relating to ourselves and others to more positive ways of relating.
Our confidence and esteem can be directly or indirectly affected by how we view ourselves in our world. This may be due to experiences such as being bullied, being victimised or feeling unwanted through changes in our family dynamics. Counselling with me will enable you to rebuild your confidence and self-esteem and take back your control to live the life you choose to live. Through the application of integrative approach, we will work together to help you explore how you function in your world. We will explore what has been some of the contributors to the ways you view yourself and your abilities and swap the negative ways of relating for more positive ones. It is important for you to know that when you choose to do this work for yourself, our work together will be at your pace, and since this is your journey, you will have control of your process but I will be there by your side as an emphatic traveller.
I have noticed that through explorations with a lot of people, many have often felt misunderstood by others when expressing their feelings and because of this, they stop trying to engage on the level that feels real for them with what they are going through. This is because they may believe that the very people they thought would “get them” actually do not and therefore causes them to suppress their emotions, because they become tired of not being understood.
I am aware that it is important to find a counsellor who “gets you”.
Someone who understands that your concerns are very personal to you and recognises that even though you may present with similar concerns as other clients, the way that your brain process your concerns will be different to how other clients process their concerns, since we are all unique in how we perceive our internal world.
What do I do now?
You have taken the first step!
Taking the first few steps in changing patterns of thinking and behaviour which has been a part of your routine for a while — can at times feel confusing or even scary. However, with my expertise, we will work together in helping you to find the courage to start making positive changes.
As you are ready to start a new chapter in your life and take back your control from this day forward, you are very welcome to contact me to arrange an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BA (Hons) in counselling, with many years of expertise in Counselling and health and social care. As a member of the professional body 'British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy' I abide by their code of ethics in providing a safe environment for all my clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Sessions are 50 mins per visit.
There is the options of both short and long term counselling.
Rate for a session is £60 - £75, however, concessions are available with negotiation for students, teachers and individuals on low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client