Francesca Thorpe (MBACP)Accredited, Supervisor & Mindfulness Trained
I appreciate that choosing a counsellor is a daunting task especially when you are not feeling in a great place yourself. I am passionate about providing a safe environment for clients to come and talk about their present difficulties. I aim to offer an authentic working relationship between myself and clients. I see this trusting working relationship from where we can start to gently explore whatever is preventing you from enjoying a fulfilling life.
Some people seek counselling because they can see a specific problem that is causing unhappiness. Other people describe a feeling of not knowing why they feel sad, or they cannot see anything in their life that brings them a sense of joy. Whatever the issue is I aim to provide an open environment to explore these.
I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, and I am a trained mindfulness teacher.
This is a particular difficult and stressful time for all of us. I am seeing people at present using the video platforms Zoom, or FaceTime, and I am counselling over the telephone. I do have specific experience working in these areas more recently at Southampton university counselling students. I have completed an Open University online course OpenLearn Create.
I listen to what each person 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 aim to provide a safe non-judgemental environment bringing positive change and development to what ever issue the couple brings to counselling. I see my role as a relationship counsellor working alongside the couple. I encourage transparency for example if one of the partners experiences not being heard.
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. I have experience supervising qualified and trainee counsellors in my private practice.
I see supervision as an essential part of the counselling process. I aim to provide a safe, contained and collegiate environment; encouraging a reflective process of both the counselling and supervisory relationships. I feel the below quote from Peter Hawkins and Robin Shoets book Supervision in the Helping Professions Chapter 1 encompasses the role of the supervisor which I aim and hope to provide within the supervisory relationship.
"The supervisors role is not just to reassure the worker, but to allow the emotional disturbance to be felt within the safer setting of the supervisory relationship, where it can be survived, reflected upon and learnt from".
THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
There has been, and continues 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.
I offer one to one mindfulness sessions due to Covid 19 at present I am unable to offer face to face group mindfulness sessions.
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
- Locum Student Counsellor Southampton University 2018 - Present
- Supervisor Private Practice 2012 - Present Day
- Private Counselling Practice 2005 - Present day
- Surrey University Student and Staff Counsellor 2013-2016
- Supervisor Surrey University 2015-2016
- Telephone Counsellor for Disability Charity 2010-2012
- School Counsellor 2007-2010
- Kingston University Honorary Student Counsellor 2005-2007
- 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
Mondays and Tuesdays evenings from 5pm - 730pm. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9am - 5pm.
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.