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About me

As you are looking for a therapist, I imagine you would like some aspect(s) of your life to be different, struggling with your mood, trauma, loss or difficulties with your relationships. Sometimes, it can be helpful to get some extra support.

I am an integrative therapist so my approach is informed by a range of different theories and approaches, particularly relational, developmental, psychodynamic and humanistic therapies, alongside neuroscience and research on psychotherapy. In practice, this means I use a variety of different ideas and concepts to understand your needs and tailor my approach to meet you.

I will listen closely to whatever you have to say. I may ask questions, offer interpretations, a different perspective, and perhaps suggest particular tools that could be helpful. I aim to support you to make sense of your experiences, increase self-awareness and perhaps explore your options.

Research emphasises the importance of the relationship between a therapist and their client, and so I value the quality of the relationship and aim to provide a safe, empathic, authentic and non-judgemental space to discuss what is important to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Training:

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies (Pending)
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology
  • Principles of Trauma Focussed Therapy
  • Working with Functional Neurological Symptoms
  • Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Membership of Professional Organisations:

  • Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP - MBACP)
  • Registered Trainee Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPSMBPsS)

In addition to my private practice, I work in the NHS in a service specialising in sexual trauma, and at an independent psychology practice in Hove. I am currently completing further doctoral level training in Counselling Psychology.

Prior to training as a counsellor, I have worked in a variety of roles within the NHS, criminal justice and wider healthcare industry.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

If you are interested in working with me, please feel free to drop me an email or give me a call - you can ask me any questions, and we can have a discussion about the support you are looking for, and if I am the right person for you.

£50 per 50 minute session including assessment


Telephone or Online

Monday - Saturday, 8.00am to 8.00pm

Face-to Face

Currently not available due to Covid-19 pandemic

East Grinstead
West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Francesca Brightey-Gibbons MBACP MBPsS

Francesca Brightey-Gibbons MBACP MBPsS