Francesca Medhurst BA MA MSc MBACP UPCA SAFPAC
Integrative Psychotherapist/ Counsellor
Psychotherapy and counselling is something that I firmly believe in from personal experience. From my own difficulties in the past I understand how difficult seeking support can be but I am also able to testify to the helpfulness of my own encounters with it.
My background is primarily in the arts and I incorporate this creative thinking into my therapeutic work in order to ensure that each client I work with receives an entirely individual experience of counselling that best suits their needs.
I trained as an existential analytic psychotherapist and counsellor at the University of Roehampton on their MSc training which is accredited by the UPCA (organisational member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I am also a member of SAFPAC and registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Code of Ethics. Furthering my studies and research has led me to currently undertake a part-time PhD in Psychotherapy and Counselling..
My training draws from many different schools of thought in an integrative manner, ranging between the person centred approach, existential and psychoanalytic philosophies and postmodern teachings. This means that I am able to tailor my work with you from a wide area of background theory because counselling is not a 'one size fits all'.
Qualifications & Education
- Bachelor of Arts (University of Kent)
- Master of Arts with Merit (University of Kent)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton)
My clinical experience working in mental health spans over many different areas and many years. I have worked with the Older Adults Psychology department within the Kent and Medway NHS trust as well as a within a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation setting. I have also been a member of the team for a counselling service that offers free and low cost therapy to members of the local community as I believe that therapy should be available to everyone. Within these roles I have worked with a range of different mental health issues as well as emotional and psychological difficulties. My experience of living and working in several European countries has given me a good understanding of cultural differences and nuances.