Frances Elizabeth Courtney (B.A.Hons (Psy),M.A.,MSc Psy.R, MSc Syst.Therapy)

Frances Elizabeth Courtney (B.A.Hons (Psy),M.A.,MSc Psy.R, MSc Syst.Therapy)

North Somerset

01275 843687

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North Somerset

01275 843687

About me

I am trained in Systemic Family Psychotherapy and I use this extensively within my practice and I integrate this with some CBT. However I tend to focus more on relationships and how communications give meaning to our lives as I see explorations of dialogue as essential for developing relationships with family and others. Sometimes our family stories can be seen as problematic but they can also be a source of inspiration to find a way forward to change our lives. If one element is changed in the way we communicate or behave it will 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 and to move in the way we want for our future gives us a sense of wellbeing. We all encounter challenges through life but we can develop ways to strengthen insight and resilience. Talking in different ways can enable change and help appreciation and understanding of the choices we make. I work with individuals, couples and families and have experience in a wide variety of contexts. I have worked with addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss and grief, abuse, bullying and the effects of physical illness and disability - also general mental health. I have extensive specialised experience with children, young people and couple communications.

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)

MA Ed Applied Linguistics (Open University 2009)

BPS Counselling Psychology diploma (BPS 2001)

P/G Cert Ed (Leeds University 1994)

BA Psychology (Open University 1990)

BA Eng (Sheffield University 19740)

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 and individual first initial Assessment (one and a half hours) and then £40 for each one hour session following on from this.

£50 for a couple or family.

Further information

I registered with the BPS and have almost completed my Qualification in Counselling Psychology.
(I have experience as a psychological therapist in NHS England and Wales)

Maps & Directions

Portishead, BS20

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have various appointment times available in the day and some evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults