Frances Elizabeth Courtney
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I am a Systemic and Family Psychotherapy, so my focus is on communication within relationships. Communication with others gives the structure and meaning to our lives. I see explorations of conversation and dialogue as essential for developing our relationships with others. Understanding of meaning 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. 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 relationships can reduce the conflict we can experience. Moving towards what we want for our future also 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 also change our ways relating to others. Talking with someone not directly involved, can enable new 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 depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, grief, abuse, bullying, physical illness, disability and general mental health.
I have specialised experience with couple and family communication.
I work with children within their families and not see children individually.
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).
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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
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
I have appointment times available in the afternoons and evenings
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).