– COUNSELLING: DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, GRIEF
– FERTILITY COUNSELLING
M.A. B.A. Adv.Dip.Int.Counselling
MBACP (Accred.), AMBICA
Welcome to my website.
Whether you have had counselling before or this is the first time you’ve considered seeking professional support for a difficult issue in your life, I hope I may be able to offer something that can help you at this time.
I have been a counsellor for fifteen years and have a wide range of experience in individual and couple therapy.
My specialist areas are infertility, miscarriage support, donation, anxiety, depression and grief. I have been involved in the field of infertility since 2012. As for anxiety depression and grief for more than 20 years.
I also offer counselling to those couples for whom their fertility treatment is coming to an end and who are thinking about having a family through adoption.
I counsel couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships – either due to infertility difficulties or for other personal reasons.
And finally I have experience in supporting those who sadly may be going through divorce or separation and are in need of a bit of help to process the distress.
Individual and Couple Counselling
At times of stress or distress counselling is the chance to talk through the problems or dilemmas you may be facing with a skilled therapist. This allows you to discover your own way to a greater understanding of yourself and your problems and find your way towards the solutions that work best for you.
Infertility and Miscarriage Counselling
As a specialist infertility counsellor my field of expertise is in counselling women, men, couples, single women and lesbian couples who are experiencing difficulties having the family they desire. I can offer specialist support if you are:
- Suffering miscarriage and /or multiple miscarriages or ectopic pregnancy
- Having fertility treatment or donor conception either in the UK or abroad
- Contemplating being a solo mum using donor sperm
- Having to make the decision to terminate a much wanted pregnancy
Ending or not even able to start fertility treatment
- Considering adoption
- Experiencing secondary infertility where a longed for second child eludes you
- Facing a life without children for whatever reason
- Experiencing the grief of having no children in the later stages of life
Anxiety, depression, Grief/ losses.
– ACCESSING MY SERVICES –
Face to Face in Exeter/ remote counselling
If you live in or around Exeter or in the South West of England I can see you at my practice room or Counselling by Skype or Zoom from anywhere in the UK or abroad.
If you don’t live in or around Exeter or it is difficult for you to get to face-to-face appointments you can arrange counselling by Skype or Zoom in the comfort of your own home – from anywhere in the UK.
A counselling session by Skype or Zoom can be just as helpful and effective as face-to-face sessions and I work successfully both as a specialist in anxiety, trauma, infertility and miscarriage counsellor with clients from all over the UK as well as outside the UK.
“Our journey to having a second baby was anything but calm. Our first baby was conceived and born with no issues and we always assumed the second would be just as easy. Unfortunately over three years we suffered the loss of 4 babies , all between 6-12 weeks. As you can imagine this was incredibly difficult and we almost gave up trying. After the final miscarriage I was at an extremely low point and sliding into depression. My husband convinced me to seek some help so I found Francine online and decided to try talking to her. From the start I found Francine to be genuine , kind and sensitive but not only that , she managed to get me to talk about things I couldn’t say to anyone else. Gradually I started feeling better, and then discovered I was pregnant again. Francine helped me to navigate my way through an extremely anxious pregnancy , continually making me feel relaxed and calm. I’m happy to say that Evie was born healthily 9 months later ! I honestly give Francine all the credit for changing my life , she taught me how to handle anxiety and live in the moment, something I’ve never known how to do.
Having the support and expertise of a trained counsellor who cared and was able to make me look into myself was the only thing that got me through my grief and subsequent pregnancy. I am forever grateful to Francine for what she did for me and don’t think I could ever express it adequately. I would encourage anyone to have the strength to seek help during these incredibly hard times – people like Francine are there if you reach out..“
“We have been seeing Francine for fertility counselling on and off for about 3 years now, through various different treatment processes.
We have found the sessions both individually and as a couple to be very beneficial in helping us through our fertility journey.
Francine helped us through some difficult times that without her I think the journey would have been so much harder than it was.
It was lovely to be able to offload to discuss our feelings, thoughts and emotions.
Francine made us both feel really relaxed which made her very easy to talk to.
We would highly recommend the support of fertility counselling.“
“Writing it makes me realise again how much I have to thank you for – I really do.
I started a course of counselling with Francine at a point where my wife and I were faced with infertility and investigating adoption. Initially (and perhaps this isn’t unusual for men) I was hesitant about whether I needed or would benefit from counselling. But over the course of our sessions, I found Francine a sympathetic listener and deeply insightful person to talk with about hard fertility issues: the psychological consequences and lasting grief of multiple miscarriages, how to cope with the anxiety and stress of uncertainty as the future shape of our lives moved out of our hands, the impacts on our relationship of wrestling with big choices that are hard to share with others. I came to realise how valuable it was to have that space and how Francine’s questions and suggestions could open up a perspective on an issue that I had blocked out. It was a big help in getting through some of the toughest months I’ve lived, and reaching a settled sense of how to move forward.
Thank you again Francine.“