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Frances Weston
Brighter Futures Counselling and Therapy Services
I am a counsellor, psychotherapist, play therapist and advanced eft practitioner in private practice, working with adults and children.
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I passionately believe in a holistic approach to resolving difficulties or stresses we are facing, so as well as working on our thoughts and feelings through counselling, its really important to give our bodies regular opportunities to relax and unwind. With that in mind, we have some wonderful 'body-based' events... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Brighter Futures
It's been a very busy six months since we had the official opening of our lovely new premises just outside Ashbourne, back in October last year! Brighter Futures Counselling has been rebranded, and is now called 'Brighter Futures Personal Growth' to reflect the changes in the business since we moved... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Brighter Futures
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I'm really pleased to bring you news of two events we have planned in February. The first is a childrens' yoga workshop on February 18th, and the second is a Relaxation and Rejuvenation Day aimed at adults on Saturday 22nd February. Full details for both events below - do hope... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Brighter Futures
Frances Weston is now following Smart Talkers
Jan 2, 2014
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Happy New Year to all my followers, and to past and present clients. Following the suggestions in this picture seems like some pretty good resolutions for 2014! I love the coming of New Years; they offer the opportunity to reflect on whats gone well over the previous year, and what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Brighter Futures
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Ooops . . . so much for my resolution to post more regularly this year! It really has flown by and so much has been happening. I am delighted to say that after months of planning and hard work, we now have beautiful new business premises here in Osmaston, near... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Brighter Futures
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Church Farm Brighter Futures Counselling is easing back into work this week after a break for Christmas, and I thought I'd share some exciting news . . . we have great plans for 2013, which should see our outbuildings at Church Farm converted into a fabulous therapy centre offering therapeutic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Brighter Futures
A very important part of a counsellor's job is holding hope for clients when they may be feeling despondent: so here's a lovely message of hope for Christmas ........ Hope is knowing that there are wonderful possibilities and that miracles can happen. Hope is believing that until nothing is left,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Brighter Futures
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Following publication yesterday of the findings of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's research into the into the links between bereavement and subsequent risk of heart attack, I was interviewed by Phil Trow on BBC Radio Derby this morning, in my capacity as a bereavement counsellor. The study found that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Brighter Futures
I am often asked to help friends and acquaintences find a counsellor who is local to them, and for advice about how to decide who to choose if there is more than one in their area. So I thought I would post this extract from an article I wrote for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Brighter Futures
Many people come to counselling when a relationship is on the rocks, or they are struggling to cope with being left, cheated on, or trying to move on after a painful break-up. These clients often feel a need to deal with the 'baggage' of their current or recently ended relationship,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Brighter Futures
SIAD is an annual international event to raise awareness about the difficult subject of self-injury, which was the subject of one of my counsellor's casebook posts recently (Young People who Self Harm) Although at FirstSigns they work on raising awareness on the subject every single day of the year, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Brighter Futures
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Many of my single clients express dread when Valentine's Day looms: cards in shop windows, adverts on TV, loved-up couples in restaurants are all unwelcome reminders that they are alone and without that special someone in their lives. If this rings true for you, then how about spending this Valentine's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at Brighter Futures
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The Government's new strategy 'No Health Without Mental Health' was announced on Wednesday,with £400m being pledged over four years to extend the IAPT scheme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) so that talking therapies, including counselling, will be more widely available - especially to children and young people. Six objectives have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Brighter Futures
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Phil Trow In the wake of the recent house fire in Hulland Ward, Nr Ashbourne in which four young children tragically lost their lives, I was interviewed on Monday by Phil Trow on BBC Radio Derby's breakfast show. We discussed the likely impact of the tragedy on the children in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Brighter Futures
I was interested to see a piece in 'Therapy Today', the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's professional journal, yesterday complaining about the way fictional characters with mental health problems are portrayed on television. Having just seen the second part of BBC's 'Silent Witness' a couple of nights before, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Brighter Futures
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Season's Greetings from Frances, Tilly and Gertie If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Brighter Futures
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In recognition of the fact that this is National Anti-Bullying Week (15th-19th November) this Counsellor's Casebook post explores the subject of bullying, which is believed to affect around 75% of school-age children and young people, with girls experiencing higher levels than boys (Rivers et al, 2008). What constitutes Bullying? Bullying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Brighter Futures
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Welcome to the fourth post in my Counsellor's Casebook series, which explores the subject of children and bereavement - an issue that affects many of the children I see for counselling. 'Over a quarter of a million of those aged between five and fifteen will have experienced the death of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Brighter Futures
Any of you who follow me on Twitter will know I'm often twittering on about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness meditation, so I thought I would share this short meditation that my yoga teacher read to the class last night. Yoga for Busy People I let go of hurry,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Brighter Futures
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Welcome to the third post in my Counsellor's Casebook series, which explores the subject of childhood anxiety. I see many children who are experiencing anxiety, ranging from those who are frightened to sleep on their own at night or cannot tolerate separation from a loved one, through to children with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Brighter Futures
Following my recent blog post Let Them Bake Cakes! and the flurry of e-mails I received from people about it, I thought you might like an update on developments since then. Since JSP's controversial article was published in the Daily Mail in May, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) received over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Brighter Futures
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Further to my recent post about Tilly's puppies, this is little Gertie, who is hopefully going to be working with me at Brighter Futures Counselling and Therapy Services within a year. Like her famous Mum, Gertie will be helping me to provide Animal Assisted Therapy to children and young people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Brighter Futures
Frances Weston is now following Sara Moseley
Jul 6, 2010
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"Couples who forgive and rebuild their trust following an affair are likely to experience a positive change in their relationship with an increase in openness and communication" concludes research carried out by Dr Andreas Vossler of the Open University and Dr Naomi Moller of the University of the West of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at Brighter Futures