Frances Whistler

Frances Whistler



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About me

I re-trained as a therapist because of my own life-experiences, and those of friends. They taught me how important good relationships are, in childhood especially, to emotional well-being in later life – and that people who have grown up without a sufficiently consistent, supportive, protective relationship are likely to carry a painful legacy into adulthood. This legacy can play itself out in a range of problems, often including negative or self-punishing patterns and beliefs.  However, change is possible: the developing relationship between client and therapist allows the client to explore his or her life, and opens the possibility of living more fully. While we cannot undo the past, we can learn to live more freely, and to look forwards with greater hope.

I offer one-to-one talk therapy in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment. I will explain anything you want to know about the process, but the agenda – what we actually talk about during the sessions – is yours to decide. I am happy to have a preliminary session just to see if we are a good match; if either of us feels uncertain I can signpost you to someone who might be more suitable.

If you feel that therapy might help you, or have reached a point where you cannot emotionally “go it alone”, why not give it a try?  I am happy to do short-term work (6-10 sessions) focusing on particular issues, but for many people an open-ended commitment allows deeper and more satisfying work to be done.

Training, qualifications & experience

A long while ago I read English literature at university, but more recently I have studied Psychotherapeutic Counselling to Level 5, at Tower House Counselling in Barnstaple. I have also worked for a number of years for Cruse Bereavement Care, which is ongoing, and at other local agencies.

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Sessions, including the initial assessment, cost £40 for 55 minutes, and I will ask you to bring the payment with you for the initial assessment (I accept cash or cheque).

I have one or two slots for low-income clients, on a sliding scale (which we would agree between us), but the waiting period for these slots may be lengthy, depending on how long the previous clients continue.

Further information

When you contact me, I will return your phone-call or email in 48 hours, unless I am away: in that case, I will indicate my absence on my voicemail message and/or automatic email reply.

Maps & Directions

Barnstaple, EX31

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults