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Stania Frances

Dip. Counselling| MBACP | MNCS | UKATA

Individuals and Couples Psychotherapeutic counselling

in Harrietsham, MAIDSTONE, Kent & ONLINE

Welcome to Stania Frances Psychotherapeutic Counselling

When life or loss overwhelms you, it can be a confusing, frightening, and lonely place to be, causing feelings of anxiety, depression, conflict, or being stuck.

Does a problem feel frustrating or unmanageable. Perhaps you feel depressed or alone and have lost interest in your life. Are emotions or anxiety causing you distress? Does conflict frequently arise in your relationships at work or home?

If you would like to make some changes in your life but are not sure where or how to begin and would like some professional help to move toward the best possible version of you, then please click here or contact me on 07874069805 or

Professional Qualifications

Hello and welcome, I am a fully qualified and accredited counsellor registered with the NCS (National Counselling Society) trained in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. For years, I've worked in private practise with clients, helping them understand who they are and how they interact with others. When you’re ready and at your own pace, we can work together to promote awareness, clarity and understanding of the problems and issues you are facing and how they may have been shaped by your life experiences. Our aim will be to explore what’s going on for you and move you forward to the changes you desire for yourself and your future. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), NCS (National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society), UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) and work within their ethical framework.

To book a initial session please click here.


My Counselling Approach

Building an open relationship and trust between us.

At the heart of my work, I consider the strength of our collaborative relationship as critical to achieving the best possible outcome for your success. I believe you have worth and value with the capacity to think and make your own decisions to shape and continue to re-shape your own life. I believe that it is important to have both excellent qualifications and also a range of life experiences. Anchored in Transactional Analysis theory, I blend various tools, techniques and strategies which are tailored to suit your needs.

Please click on the video to discover my three simple principles for work and life.

Many issues can be a result of the unique combination of our cultures and experiences. You may be unaware of how these influences may impact your life today. Together, we can work to explore and understand how you could live your life differently in the future, break unwanted patterns and invite awareness, intimacy and spontaneity.

When you're ready and at your own pace, we can work through problems and issues you are facing together, with the aim of empowering you to live the life you want, to the full.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:



Relationship problems

Highly Sensitive Person

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Post-traumatic stress

Grief, loss or bereavement

Work or redundancy


Family or school life

Session Types & Cost

Sessions run from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

I can provide both long and short term work which is available face to face or online.

Initial Consultation

£50 - 50mintues

This is a no obligation session where we have the opportunity to introduce ourselves get a sense of each other to help decide if I am the right fit for you going forward. It is an important session as research has shown shows that our working relationship is the greatest predictor of the best counselling outcome for you. In this consult will be able to discuss your counselling needs and for me to address any queries that you may have about the way we work together going forward.

Ongoing Individual Sessions

£50 – 50 minutes

These sessions are one to one at a mutually agreed day and time at least once a week.

Ongoing Couples/Partners Sessions

£65 – 1 hour

These sessions are at a mutually agreed day and time at least once a week.

Cancellations and missed appointments are charged for where I am given less than 48 hours two working days (Mon - Fri) notice.

Where and how?

I provide face to face sessions for individuals and partners in Harrietsham, near Maidstone, Kent ME17 1GF. Online sessions are also provided for individuals and partners using either MS Teams or WhatsApp platforms


"What is therapy like?"

Therapy can facilitate change for what doesn't work for you in your life and help you to become the best version of yourself. It can help you to get to know, like, value and respect yourself more rather than fighting internally against yourself.

"What will my first session be like?"

Usually, the first session is usually about getting to know you, your history and current situation. An action plan is developed to focus on your objectives. We will also discuss the number of sessions that work best for you.

"What will subsequent sessions be like?"

As we build a relationship, we'll be able to look at your thoughts, feelings and behaviour surrounding the issues you're bringing to session. There may be patterns of repetition or themes that we can explore. We can make use psychotherapeutic models, appropriate coping and management strategies while working towards your goal.

"What is the typical length of treatment, frequency & number of sessions?"

Everyone is different - most people come for a series of sessions once a week. Typically, we'll have a review every 6 sessions and also discuss how you want to proceed. Short term work tends to be 6-8 sessions, medium term about 18 sessions, while others may want the benefits of long term work. It depends on what you are looking to achieve as well as your availability and budget.

"Can I discuss what happens in our sessions with others?"

It's up to you if you share and how much, but you should never feel obligated to tell anyone. Sessions are often profoundly private and personal and should be respected. You have a choice to share or not, even if someone else pays for your sessions.

"Do you have parking and a waiting room?"

Parking is available in the car park opposite or on the street side. I don’t have a waiting area though, so I would respectfully ask you to arrive when your session is due to begin and be mindful of people who may be finishing their session

"Do I need my G.P to refer me?"

You can self refer or be referred by your GP.

"Can I get treatment with you on the NHS?"

I only treat private clients and as such there is no NHS funding.

"When can I get an appointment?"

My sessions are by appointment only and available on Weekdays, Mon-Fri. To book an appointment you can call 07874069805 or email me.

What type of sessions do you offer?"

I provide face to face, telephone or online appointments, to suit your availability and preference.

"How can I get the most from our sessions?"

After a session, creating some quiet downtime for reflection provides time to process what we have been working on.

Maybe create your own journal: Making your own personal notes of any thoughts, feelings or issues to discuss pre and post sessions can be helpful. If you feel creative: making, writing and drawing your own journal may also be a form of relaxation. For others there are several free private journal software online. (eg. Penzu).

Let me know if you would like to work differently or towards different goals. I will work with your agenda and the important current issues you have.

What happens to my information?"

Your records will be retained securely in a locked cabinet. Email correspondence is kept securely on a pass-coded device. Any recorded sessions or session notes are anonymous and once a case study is complete any recordings are deleted. You will be asked to sign a privacy notice which explains that you have the right to see and ask how your data are stored. You can also withdraw consent at any time, where you have previously given consent. You can verify the accuracy of your data and ask for it to be updated / corrected and to restrict the processing of your data.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, to find out if it could be helpful and whether I am the right therapist for you.

You may also call me on 07874069805 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

You can also find me on Counselling Directory and Psychology Today websites.

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