Francesca Castronovo - BA, MBACP (Accred): Integrative-Relational Counsellor
I am an accredited counsellor with NHS experience and a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am currently working at Kingston Bereavement Services. I have had past experience in running a counselling service at a local GP practice in Kingston and working at the Kingston Women's Centre. I have a counselling practice in the Richmond upon Thames.
What I can offer
Through counselling you are able to understand and deal with life's everyday pressures. The unique relationship between counsellor and client can help explore thoughts and feelings so that we are able to understand ourselves, our situations and our own issues in a better way. Acquiring these skills of understanding and awareness can help in making more positive choices in our lives, understanding our past and present and moving forward into the future.
I offer individual counselling and work with a range of issues including abuse, addictions, anger management, bereavement, identity problems, personal development, depression, loss, mental health issues, self-esteem, self harm, trauma, work related issues and general counselling.
I can offer long-term face-to-face, short-term face-to-face, telephone and time-limited counselling. Each person is unique and I tailor the therapy to the personal needs of the individual.
Who I work with
I welcome working with clients age 16 + irrespective of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural/religious background or nationality.
Types of therapies offered
I am specialised in a range of therapeutical approaches enabling me to tailor my approach to the individual needs of each client which may include:
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA in Integrative-Relational Counselling, Middlesex University
- Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate
- Level 3 Counselling Skills Diploma
- Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I regularly attend workshops for continued professional development some of which have included:
- working with bereavement and suicidal clients,
- personal development
- working with dreams
- Mental health in teenagers
- Sexual Abuse
As an accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I follow their Guidelines for Good Practice. You can read these on their website www.bacp.co.uk.
I have full professional indenminty insurance with Balens.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial consultation is an opportunity to tell me about yourself and to discuss a relevant counselling approach and the number of sessions that would be suitable.
Fees per session are £60.00 for 50 minutes.
Counselling and Therapy Students: £50.00
I offer concessions to individuals on low income or benefits, subject to discussion.
Although I am bi-lingual in English and Italian, I only offer complete counselling sessions in English.
Consulting from - RICHMOND TW9
Principally practising ASCA, based in Richmond, just 8 minutes from Richmond Tube (District & Circle Line) or mainline. There are regular buses, as well as car parking facilities around the corner.