WHY VANESSA FRANCOISE?

I’m professional and ethical, warm and smiley, authentic and honest, gentle and compassionate. I will always keep you safe by ensuring that we progress at a pace that you feel comfortable with.

I’m fully qualified and have both a Foundation Degree and BA(hons) in Integrative Counselling from the University of Worcester. I belong to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP – the largest professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK). I meet the strict standards required to be on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers.

Some years ago, when I first began training as a counsellor, I read a poem called “Be with me, please”. It inspired me to write this reply “Right Here With You” which sums up how I feel about being a counsellor.

WHAT DO MY CLIENTS SAY?

RIGHT HERE WITH YOU

You can trust me with your pain
To treat it with kindness and respect
To listen to it
So you can speak the unspoken

I will help you catch the tears
As the floodgates open
Swim with you into the unknown
Save you from drowning in your sorrow

If you entrust me with your grief
I will help you take care of it
Console it, soothe it, make it feel safe
I will accept it as a gift to be protected

If you take the risk and end the drought
I will not leave you alone and sodden after the storm
I will not reach for my umbrella
I will not walk away

I feel your need and I do not fear it
I will help you to understand
I am honoured to be with you
You are no longer walking alone

RIGHT HERE WITH YOU