Frances Elizabeth Courtney

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MSc. Systemic Psychotherapist (Individual/Couple/Family)
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Portishead, North Somerset, BS20
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a Couples Counsellor/Psychotherapist and work with all kinds of couples who need to communicate better to decide how they want to relate to each other for the future. 

I am a Systemic Psychotherapist seeing Individuals, Couples and Families'

My focus is on communication within relationships. Talking with others gives direction and meaning to our lives. I see explorations of conversation and dialogue as essential for developing our relationships with others. Understanding of others sense of meaning can also be the context for change. Sometimes our family stories can be seen as problematic but they can also be a source of inspiration to find a way forward in our lives. The way we communicate or behave, can have an affect on the whole of a relationship. Change happens as part of the process of living, but being able to grow more positively within our close relationships can reduce the conflict we might experience. Moving towards what we would like for our future helps to provide a sense of wellbeing and balance. We all encounter challenges through life and can experience different ways of being in the world which over time, may change our way of relating to others. Talking with someone not directly involved, can enable new responses and reflections, helping appreciation and understanding of the choices we can make.

I work with individuals, couples and families and have experience in a wide variety of contexts, working with  depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, grief, abuse, bullying, physical illness, disability and general mental health.

I have specialised experience with couples and family communication.

I work with children within their families. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered with UKCP as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist.

MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy (South Wales University 2015 - Research distinction)

Post Grad Cert CBT (UWE 2014)

MSc Psychological Research Methods (Open University 2010 - Research distinction)

MA Ed Applied Linguistics (Open University 2009)

BPS Counselling Psychology (part one) Diploma (2001)

Research studies Developmental Psychology (1998-2001)

P/G Cert Ed (Eng.and Drama) Leeds University (1994)

BA Psychology Hons. Open University (1990)

BA Eng Hons. Sheffield University (1974)

I was Open University Tutor for BA and MA level Developmental, Critical Social and Cognitive Psychology for over twenty years and previously taught in schools and further education. I am now working in private practice as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist. I have worked at the Priory Hospital Bristol (adolescent mental health) and NHS Wales (individual mental health) and England (families).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationships within the life cycle including children to old age
Adolescence - social problems and bullying
Depression related to Chronic fatigue,MS, Raynauds disease, lupus or stroke


£60.00 - £80.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

In Person and Online Zoom sessions.

Individual is £60 for a one hour session.

Couples or Families is £80 for a one hour session but the first session is usually longer.

I can be contacted by email or phone.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have appointment times available in the afternoons and evenings

Further information

I have run my own private practice for several years. I have been working online during the pandemic and am now beginning to offer in person sessions following safety guidelines. ( Sanitising, airing room, use of spacing, signing responsibility for risk form, disclosure of recent illness of self or family and agreements to cancel).

Portishead, North Somerset, BS20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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one off road parking space, also in road or nearby side streets.