Francesca Thorpe (MBACP)Accredited, Mindfulness Breathworks Accredited Teacher
I work as an integrative counsellor, offering a safe and non-judgemental environment exploring whatever is giving you difficulty. I offer individual and couples counselling, in the evening or some day time appointments. Counselling is not about giving advice we will gently begin to look at a particular issue, and see if there are any patterns that may be of benefit to explore.
Some of my clients come to see me because they can see a specific problem that is causing them to be unhappy. Other clients come because they don't know why they feel sad, or cannot see anything in their life that brings them a sense of joy. Whatever the issue is I work flexibly to your needs. I offer both long and short term counselling. I have also undergone training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy.
During this very difficult and uncertain time I am able to offer counselling online, or over the phone. I have a number of years of experience offering this form of counselling when working for other charities.
I listen to what each partner brings to the relationship exploring the difficulties that each is experiencing. This level of intimacy with a stranger can feel difficult and unnatural at first for a couple, and because of this I believe that I provide a safe non-judgemental environment bringing positive change and development to what ever issue the couple brings to counselling.
I trained at the Consultancy, Supervision, Research and Training (CSTD) using Robin Shoet and Peter Hawkins Seven Eyed Process Model of Counselling Supervision. I work with both an Integrative and Systemic perspective. I have supervised trainee counsellors at Surrey University, and both qualified and trainee counsellors in my private practice.
I see supervision as an essential part of being a counsellor. I hope to provide a safe contained collegiate environment; encouraging a reflective process of both the counselling and supervisory relationships.
THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
There have been, and continue to be a great deal of research in the area of Mindfulness. The research so far demonstrates that there are a wide range of benefits for example managing stress, anxiety, panic, and pain. There is evidence that people who experience a mindful way of living demonstrate less stress in their lives, and live life feeling more settled with themselves. Maintaining a regular mindful practice can allow our thoughts and emotions to be calmer, and we can experience life in a more accepting way. We can begin to see that our minds are great story tellers, and we can learn to be able to step back and make choices in the decisions that are important to us.
MINDFULNESS COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND ONE TO ONE
Throughout the year I will be running courses and workshops in Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. I can also provide one to one training in mindfulness, with the view to develop a bespoke programme for your specific needs.
DROP IN MINDFULNESS WEEKLY SESSIONS
From May 2018 I am offering a drop in session from 6pm-730pm every Wednesday evening. This is an ideal way of introducing the concept of mindfulness. For experienced mindful practitioners its a great way of meeting other meditators. The cost is £5 per session. Please contact me if this is something you would be interested in.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked as a Registered General Nurse before embarking on a counselling career. My last role was a Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Charing Cross Hospital.
- Relate Certificate in Couples Counselling 2002
- Three Year BACP Accredited Diploma Integrative Counselling 2005
- BACP Accreditation 2007
- CSTD Supervision Training 2012
- CBT Certificate WPF 2013
- ACT Certificate 2016
COUNSELLING AND SUPERVISION EXPERIENCE
- Kingston University Honorary Student Counsellor 2005-2007
- School Counsellor 2007-2010
- Surrey University Student and Staff Counsellor 2013-2016
- Private Counselling Practice 2005 - Present day
- Telephone Counsellor for Disability Charity 2010-2012
- Supervisor Surrey University 2015-2016
- Supervisor Private Practice 2012 - Present Day
- Breathworks Mindfulness For Health and Mindfulness For Stress Accredited Teacher 2018
- Mindfulness For Stress Course 8 weeks run at Surrey University for staff 2018.
- Mindfulness one to one in my private practice 2017 - present
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Individual Counselling £50.
Couples Counselling £65.
Supervision £50 (negotiated rate for trainee counsellors).
Mindfulness one to one sessions £50.
Concessions offered for
My counselling practice is approximately a ten minute walk from Winchester Town Centre.
If you are travelling by car there is 2hr free car parking nearby.