Deciding that we need the help of a counsellor can feel daunting and it takes courage to take that first step to get in touch. I hope my website can help you to make that very important decision to contact me for help.
Sometimes, we can feel confused or overwhelmed about how we feel, and where life is taking us. At these times it is very helpful to have a supportive space, away from people who are closely involved in our lives, to talk about what is troubling us.
I offer a non-judgemental, confidential and safe space to explore together your feelings and gain insight and deeper understanding of yourself and the issues that bring you to counselling.
It can often feel, in the midst of our pain and confusion, that our lives have been upturned, a bit like a jigsaw that has been thrown in the air and has come down in a scattered muddle.
I am trained to listen carefully and together we help you to make sense of what is happening; to put those jigsaw pieces into place so we can more clearly see the picture of what is happening for you.
This then allows you to take control of your life in a more positive way, allowing you to have a more in depth understanding, leading to positive change, a happier and more secure future, and more fulfilling relationships.
Counselling is about feelings and being able to get in touch with what is troubling you. I also help you to connect your mind and body and to understand how feelings, if not expressed and understood, can manifest in your body as physical symptoms. Counselling can help greatly in easing both physical and emotional pain.
People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that I can help you with:
I am a fully qualified counsellor and have been working with clients for over 20 years, undertaking both short term and longer term work.
I began my working career in a helping profession, often dealing with people who were in great pain and distress.
This then led me to train as a counsellor so I could better help with life’s difficulties.
I have my own Private Practice in a purpose built Counselling room attached to my home in Rayleigh, Essex. The room is self-contained with an adjoining toilet and is warm and comfortable. There is ample unrestricted parking in the road outside the house.
I see clients from many surrounding areas including, Southend, Benfleet, Basildon, Wickford, Billericay, South Woodham Ferrers, Maldon and Chelmsford. Often people come from even further afield.
I generally work with clients once weekly but sometimes, as our work together progresses, it can be helpful to work twice weekly.
My fee is £55 for 60 minutes.
I am also able to work by video call if needed.
Together we reflect on how your past experiences, often going back to childhood, can affect your life as an adult. We explore how you may unconsciously bring these experiences into your adult life and relationships, and the ways in which they can be unhelpful to you.
The psychodynamic approach believes that the relationship between counsellor and client is paramount; a safe and trusting relationship is important to help you work through your problems to a more comfortable place.
You will not be judged, criticised or blamed, allowing you a space to freely talk, in your own time and at your own pace, about the issues that bring you to counselling.
What you tell me is confidential so you do not ever have to worry that others will find out what you are bringing into the counselling room. The only time I may have to share details with another professional is if I were to believe either you or another person were in danger of harm, but I would always, unless it was not possible, discuss this with you first.
I am Supervised according to the BACP code of ethics to ensure that I offer the best service possible to my clients. Clients remain anonymous in this context to retain confidentiality.
I am committed to my continued professional development, regularly attending courses and workshops to enhance my practice.
©Fran Blaxland Counselling Service
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