Mary Francis Dip Counselling Reg MBACP
I am a fully qualified and registered adult counsellor with The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) who is passionate about supporting other people through difficult times in their lives.
Over the years, like many of you I have experienced difficult life events which at the time felt overwhelming and like no one understood my reality from my point of view. Counselling gave me the safe space I needed to really explore the roots of my anxieties and issues and find a more positive way to move forward.
I didn't always do this - my career in my 20s started out in finance where I lived and worked in Central London for several years, before settling down in East Kent and taking a career break to raise a family. After several years as a stay at home mum I retrained and started working locally with those in emotional distress. I feel that this broad life experience really helps me to understand some of the diverse backgrounds of my clients - from the unemployed, to stay at home parents, carers, students and the retired to those in full time work.
I work with adults on a one to one and face to face basis and my approach is integrative. (This simply means that I draw on several counselling theories which allows me to respond flexibly to each of my clients specific situations and needs).
Above all I want to reassure you that I am kind and supportive as well as professional, experienced and fully qualified. I am fully committed to all my clients welfare and previous clients have said that they valued my perception as well as my warmth and compassionate approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work exclusively with adults and am a registered counsellor with The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and hold a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I have also completed a six week course on the principles and practices in end of life care and work part time at The Pilgrims Hospice as a bereavement counsellor.
For several years I worked on a helpline for people in emotional distress from all walks of life with a whole range of problems and worries.
I also work part time at The Community Counselling Service in Canterbury and have experience of working with adults who come with all sorts of different issues from anxiety, relationship issues to identity and anger issues.
Much of my work is with adults who have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives and have recently acquired an additional Level 5 qualification in Rape and Sexual Abuse (current or historic).
I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certification.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The first 20 minute contact is FREE. There is no obligation to commit to further sessions, but if you decide you would like to go ahead we can.
Telephone and Video counselling rates
£30 per session
If 6 sessions are paid for in advance I offer a special rate of £150
Face to Face rates
£40 per 50 minute session.
If 6 sessions are paid for in advance I offer a special rate of £200.
Payment is either cash or bank transfer. All bank transfers are by arrangement and need to be made in advance of the session.
Front line, NHS, teachers and caring professionals special rate
As a thank you to those front line workers I am reducing my hourly rate to £25 per session.
If 6 sessions are paid for in advance I offer a special rate of £125
I have a limited number of other concessionary spaces. If you are student or on a low income please contact me to discuss. Please note that there may be a wait for such a place to become available.
Cancellation Policy - Any session cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur my full fees.