Francesca Hamilton FAD, FDSC, BAHons, MBACP
I am a person centred counsellor based in Eastbourne. I am able to deliver counselling sessions both on a short or long term basis, either face to face, over the phone or online.
I believe that individuals deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential, to grow and to change as a human being. Whatever the reason may be to seek counselling; whether for improving your mental health and wellbeing, or as a result of more difficult circumstances in life, I strive to offer a safe, confidential and nurturing environment for you.
I work in a person centred way, which means that I will not judge or direct you or what you choose to bring to therapy. I believe that by being a genuine, empathic and grounding presence for you, you will have a trusted companion on your journey with me in therapy.
I am passionate about supporting my clients to explore their issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviours and worldview, so that they may become more self-aware and achieve a greater sense of self. Therefore we will work at your pace, with what you choose to bring to the therapeutic relationship, you are the expert of your world.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2016 I started my journey to become a qualified therapist by completing the Level 1 Interpersonal Skills Certificate. After this I completed the Level 2 Person Centred Counselling qualification and then in 2019 I finished the FDSC in Person Centred Counselling. Prior to this I completed a BAHons in Textiles and Surface Design.
I enjoy working for my own professional development, and so have experience or training in the following areas; child and adult safeguarding, suicide and assessment, Covid-19 bereavements, childhood bereavement including early years, alcohol and drugs, working with spectrum disorders in children, traumatic events and bereavement, drawing for talking and creative therapy, working at relational depth and behaviour change for health.
I have experience of working with many issues that client’s have bought, namely; Alzheimer’s, Dementia, spectrum disorders, caring roles, traumatic events, eating disorders, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and violence, bereavement, anger, sexual assault, relationship issues, childhood, depression, identity issues, stress, suicide, separation, self-esteem and confidence.
I am also a college lecturer, teaching counselling qualifications at a local college.
Previously for 4 years I managed a local bereavement project. Supporting children and families who had been bereaved or were experiencing pre-bereavement. Support delivered was therapeutic group work, one to one counselling, parent groups and individual creative sessions.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Availability during the week, some evenings and potential weekend working. Please get in touch to discuss a time to suit you.
Please get in touch to discuss your needs and what you would like to get out of therapy, either by phone, or email. We can discuss how you would like to progress from there. Initial sessions are offered at £40 for 50 minutes, where we discuss your needs further and complete any required paperwork. From there we can arrange regular therapy at a time suitable for you.
You can have a look at my website for any further information you would like.