Francisco Santos

Francisco Santos

The Duke Street Practice
3-5 Duke Street

07400 082922

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About me

Take the first step towards understanding the emotional distress that is affecting your life and find ways to cope with that struggle.

I offer a safe space where you can truly be yourself and explore any fears, anxieties or false beliefs that may be stopping you from enjoying life. Also help you to find what excites you or motivates you. I am not here to judge you or the life you have, but to listen and to understand what is important to you and what your difficulties are.

You are unique and so are your live experiences. Because of that I come to our sessions without an agenda. For me it is very important to listen to what you have to say and to those experiences. Sometimes you may be confused or find it difficult to express what is happening to you or the way that you are feeling, and it is my role to help you make sense of those feelings or the way that you are acting.

About me

I firmly believe in personal development and I see life as a non-stop journey of learning about ourselves for the duration. It is a journey that can be very exciting when all is going well but that can also become really hard when we find ourselves caught up in a routine or a situation that we didn’t expect, for whatever reason.

I have a background in Finance and have experience working in a corporate environment for many years.

I trained at the Gestalt Centre in London and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since 2015 I have worked with young adults (18 to 25 y.o.) at Step Forward, East London charity that supports local young people who are facing disadvantages and enables them to thrive, develop, grow and reach their full potential in life.

I have lived in London for 20 years and am bilingual, working with clients in private practice in English and Spanish. Since I arrived what I love most about London is the sheer amount of people with different cultures, backgrounds and heritage that I meet.

How I work

I work experientially, observing and paying attention to your experiences during our sessions. I believe this way of working can give you very insightful information on your everyday life: on why you may make the choices that you make or why you may behave in a certain way.

I honestly feel that for therapy to work there must be a connection and trust established between us, week after week, and through the relationship that develops as a result. That is why I would recommend that you arrange an initial session with more than one therapist, so you can then decide with whom you feel more comfortable and more able to work.

Training, qualifications & experience

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Diploma in Humanistic Counselling at the Gestalt Centre (London)

Registered MBACP

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

BA (Hons) in Economics, University of Salamanca (Spain)

In recent months I have also attended courses on unconscious relational patterns, cumulative neglect and trauma and therapeutic involvement.

What I can help you with

Starting counselling can be a bit daunting at first and speaking to a stranger about what is distressing you in your life may not be easy. This is why it is important that you select a therapist who you can work with and who understands what you are trying to achieve in therapy.

I have worked with people who have experienced difficulties such as:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Low self esteem.
  • Mood swings.
  • Depression.
  • Feeling of being stuck.
  • Relationships breakdown.
  • Personal development.
  • Sexual identity.
  • Asperger syndrome.
  • Compulsive behaviour.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Body Image issues.
  • Sexuality.
  • Loss.
  • Bereavement.
  • Work related issues.

I offer brief counselling (6 to 12 sessions) to help you through a particular difficulty that you may be experiencing at this moment.

I also offer open-ended counselling, where you can explore your life more broadly by looking at how you usually to cope with everyday challenges and relationships with others. Open-ended counselling can help you develop new ways to deal with the changes that life brings and on how you relate to others.

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An initial session costs £60 and there is no obligation to continue.

The initial session is an opportunity to find out more about each other: for me to hear from you what your expectations and hopes are and what brings you to counselling, and for you to see my working style. Ultimately, for both of us to explore the possibility of working together.

On-going sessions cost in the range of £60-£70 - Please note that concessionary rates are also available for students and those on lower income.

Further information

I subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Our work is confidential, and we can discuss the limits of the confidentiality.

Maps & Directions

London, W1U 3ED

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Spanish


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults