Vanessa Francoise FdA MBACP
6 Baring Crescent
I’m professional and ethical, warm and smiley, authentic and honest, gentle and compassionate. I will always keep you safe by ensuring that we progress at a pace that you feel comfortable with.
I practice integrative counselling because it gives me the flexibility to provide you with the most appropriate methods and techniques for your needs: I tailor my approach to suit you, giving you the best opportunity to achieve the results you want.
I excel at helping people overcome:
★ anxiety and panic attacks
★ suicidal thoughts
★ anger and rage
★ low self-esteem.
Your issue may contribute to or be the result of life challenges such as:
✪ relationship difficulties
✪ physical or emotional trauma
✪ bereavement and loss
✪ career and work issues
✪ separation and divorce
✪ physical health issues
✪ gender and sexuality issues.
Or maybe you simply don't know why you feel the way you do. My primary interest is with people rather than diagnoses, but I do have a special interest in schizophrenia and psychosis.
I'm based at Baring House, a fine period building in a secluded central location, a 10-minute walk from Exeter High Street and Central Station. The entrance to Baring Crescent is opposite Waitrose, and we have dedicated car parking space on site, a waiting room and toilets. My room is quiet, private, spacious and elegant (there is a very clear map and full directions on the CONTACT ME page of my website, just follow the link above).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Certificate in Counselling from the Iron Mill College and a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling from the University of Worcester.
I have attended additional training for Personality Disorders, Understanding Addiction and Mental Health First Aid.
I have done specialist voluntary work for Mind in Taunton and The Quiet Mind Centre in Exmouth and I currently work in private practice in Exeter, Devon, and online via Skype.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
Photos & videos
Call me on 07787 290434, email me or complete the form on the CONTACT ME page of my website (just follow the link above). I offer an initial free telephone conversation, giving you as much time and space as you need to consider whether you’d like to come and meet me. Once you book your first session, I'll email you a copy of my contract which outlines fully what you can expect from me, what I expect from you, and how I work.
During your first session, I’ll listen to your concerns and explore what a good therapy outcome would be for you. You’ll get a sense of my working style, and a chance to ask questions and clarify any queries or concerns you have about my contract. We’ll discuss how many sessions might work best for you and whether you want to set a finite number of sessions. There's lots more information on the HOW DOES IT WORK? page of my website and I post daily on Facebook too (just follow the link above).
My academic study, my life, work, family and personal experiences, have brought me to a deep understanding of the causes of psychological distress and a genuine desire to help those who suffer from it, in whatever form. There are many free RESOURCES available on my website, and the STRESS & TRAUMA page offers a wealth of information:
WHAT ARE STRESS & TRAUMA?
THE NEUROSCIENCE OF TRAUMA
THE EFFECTS OF TRAUMA
DEALING WITH TRAUMA & STRESS
PSYCHIATRY & DIAGNOSES
EPIGENETICS & INHERITED FAMILY TRAUMA
TALKING THERAPY & REMEMBERING
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekend and evening sessions available both face to face and online via Skype.
Types of client