Frances Read

BACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist

About me

Warmth, creativity, empathy, integrity, and humour define my therapeutic practice. I work one-to-one with people on a short or long-term basis on a wide range of issues. My aim is to support positive change and personal growth and nurture a greater appreciation of the self.

Therapy provides a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts and feelings, and an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. This insight can bring about powerful changes, whether it's looking in depth at a situation that's currently affecting you, or thinking about longer-standing issues.

Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring unconscious thoughts and feelings into the conscious mind. Sometimes things that happened earlier in your life can have an ongoing effect that may not be immediately clear to you. This type of therapy looks at root causes and how the resulting symptoms are affecting you in your day-to-day life.

As your therapist I will be there beside you as we work with your emotions in the past and present, and make sense of what they might mean for you in the here and now.

Volunteering with Samaritans as a telephone and outreach volunteer for four years changed my perspective on life and I went on to complete a Masters in psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling from Birkbeck, University of London. I spent two years as a volunteer counsellor at ELOP - the East London Out Project - following which I started seeing patients with the NHS. I am deeply inspired by fairy tales, myths and legends. Archetypes and symbols are all around us. I believe that if a person can find their own vocabulary to talk about their feelings the power of talking therapy can be transformative.

I work with clients from all backgrounds, across the gender spectrum, and with any sexual orientation and identity.

Training and qualification

MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling, Birkbeck, University of London, 2016
Certificate in Counselling Skills, WPF Therapy, 2012

Contact details

Phone number: 07796610427
Working at: Old Street

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