Frances Elizabeth Courtney MSc. Systemic Psychotherapist and Family Therapist)

Frances Elizabeth Courtney MSc.  Systemic Psychotherapist and Family Therapist)

North Somerset

01275 843687

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About me

I am trained in Systemic Family Psychotherapy and use this extensively within my practice. I focus on relationships, as our communications with others give the structure and meaning to our lives. I see explorations of dialogue as essential for developing our relationships with others and our conversations can 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. If one element is changed in the way we communicate or behave, it 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 relationships can reduce the conflict we can experience. Moving towards what we want for our future helps to provide a sense of wellbeing and balance. We all encounter challenges through life but we can experience different ways of being in the world which also change the process of relating to others. Talking in different ways, with someone not directly involved, can enable fresh responses and reflections, helping appreciation and understanding of the choices we make.

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

I have specialised experience with couple communication.

I work with children within their families.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am 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 have been an 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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



£50 for first initial Assessment session (one and a half hours)

£50 for each subsequent one hour session.


£60 for first initial Assessment session (one and a half hours)

£60 for each subsequent one hour session.

Further information

I have experience as a voluntary psychological therapist in NHS England and Wales and have had my own private practice for three years.

Maps & Directions

Portishead, BS20

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

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


I have appointment times available in the afternoons and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults