With Frances Rayner

What Is Counselling?

Counselling is a confidential, helping relationship, where you can talk about your problems and make sense of the difficulties you are facing in your life.

What To Expect

What to expect at the your first session (initial assessment)

The first session (initial assessment) enables me to hear more about why you have come for counselling, your presenting issues, and what you hope to gain from the counselling relationship.

It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions, get a feel for my approach and decide whether you would like to have further counselling sessions.

What Issues Can Counselling Help With?

Counselling isn’t for specific people or problems.  Anyone can go to counselling, no matter how big or small their problems.  Some common reasons for going to counselling include depression, anxiety, worry/stress, self harm, insomnia, addictions, loss or grief, relationship issues, difficulties at home/work, family conflicts, loneliness and isolation, life transitions, and many other things.

Your Counselling Journey

Counselling process

Throughout your counselling journey, I will focus on you and what you need and use my expertise to help you explore and work on the problems and emotional difficulties you are facing without judging you.  I won’t pretend to be the expert on your life.  Sometimes, this can feel a little frustrating.  You may be thinking “why won’t she just give me some advice, or tell me what to do?”  If I did this, you would be relying on me to sort out your problems.

How can counselling help?  

Counselling is about self-development and helping you to get better at living/managing your life.  It’s about you becoming better at dealing with problems for example in your close relationships, or feeling better at dealing with feelings such as grief and anxiety.  So, what does this mean?  It could mean exploring the anger about your partner and then being able to say something to him or her that doesn’t just lead to another unpleasant argument.  Or it could mean learning to care for yourself when you get anxious. It could also mean being supported to get in touch with the pain of losing a loved one and then finding the courage to say goodbye.

My Approach To Counselling

I believe that counselling can be done in many ways, and that no single approach is better than another.  As an integrative counsellor, I use a variety of counselling techniques and key concepts drawn from various approaches including:

  • Person-centered therapy (humanistic approach)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)

As a counsellor of the humanistic approach, I see you as a whole, healed person.  This means that I rely solely on you to find solutions to your problems.  As such, my approach towards counselling is geared towards facilitating change and promoting personal growth.

Creative Strategies and Tools in Counselling

Symbolic and creative tools in counselling

During your counselling session, I may recommend using some symbolic and/or creative tools including:

  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Writing
  • Drawing
  • Role play
  • Relaxation
  • Dreamwork
  • Imagination


Creative counselling strategies can help you to solve problems through the experience of expressing thoughts and emotions, which naturally allows you to be more in tune with yourself and sometimes look at things in different ways.

Have A Question Or Want To Book?

To find out more or book a session, please telephone Frances Rayner directly on 07940 865 994  or send an email.