Francesca Matrella

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Finding the right therapist can feel daunting. Life brings changes and transitions, difficulties and uncertainty and even positive change can bring challenges. Talk therapy can help. I offer a welcoming, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore the issues that might be concerning you. 

I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist and I work in a relational way, which means I believe that therapy is most effective when it is a collaborative and empowering process. I draw on different theoretical models to support you in navigating your current challenges and identifying opportunities to create the changes you want to make.

I have experience in many areas including, bereavement and loss, self-esteem issues, lack of confidence, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, Dementia caregivers, work related issues and self-development. Having lived and worked in the UK and overseas, I have experience in working with individuals who are navigating life transitions, cultural adjustment, and the unique experiences that come with expatriation and repatriation. 

I am a trained instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs which enables me to use evidence-based practices to help individuals cultivate greater awareness, presence, and self-compassion. My approach is focused on the integration of mindfulness into daily life as a means of reducing stress, promoting well-being, and enhancing resilience.

I offer Face to face sessions at the Wellbeing Centre in Chepstow and online counselling. I offer both short-term and long-term work. I can offer an open-ended way of working or a pre-determined number of sessions that we agree at the start of the process. 

Training, qualifications & experience

In addition to being a BACP registered therapist, I am an ICF trained Coach, offering both life and executive coaching. I understand the challenges that individuals face in both personal and professional contexts. I am passionate about supporting individuals to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Working alongside you, I can support you to cultivate a greater sense of connection to yourself and others.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy  (BACP Accredited Programme University of South Wales) 
  • Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Regents University, London)
  • Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teaching (The Mindfulness Network) 
  • Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) Practitioner training (Sue Knight Training)
  • ICF Approved Training for Life & Workplace Skills Coach Training (Empower World)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Cardiff Met University)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£55.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions are £55 per 50 minute session. I offer a limited number of reduced rate sessions for students and individuals on low income, please contact me for information regarding this concession. 

I offer Face to face sessions in Chepstow and online counselling. I offer both short-term and long-term work. I can offer an open-ended way of working or a pre-determined number of sessions that we agree at the start of the process. 

Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit , or contact this professional directly

The Chepstow therapy room is on the 2nd floor of the building reached by 2 flights of steps.

Online platforms

Francesca Matrella
Francesca Matrella