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- Flexible hours available
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About me and my therapy practice
Hi, I'm Francis. If work makes you feel permanently exhausted, if it all seems pointless, and maybe you can't get stuff done the way you used to, you may be on the path to burnout.
Burnout is a journey from persistent stress to anxiety and ultimately depression. Burnout can take many shapes - I know from my own life the slow drift towards every workday being grey, the loss of meaning and motivation, the decreasing ability to imagine life being any other way.
But I have also experienced the shock of realising in counselling that things didn't have to be this way, and the technicolor vibrancy of finding new purpose and meaning in my own life.
As a counsellor, I help people to step off this path and rediscover the spontaneity and excitement of engaging with their now and exploring their future. This change, pushing back against the forces that led to burnout in the first place, may be harder than it sounds - this is why I am here, offering a counselling perspective on burnout and a burnout-informed counselling, all part of a planned recovery path.
The single most important aspect of therapy is the client/counsellor relationship. This is why you're welcome to a free 20 minute phone or Zoom conversation to check that we're a good fit before either of us makes any commitments.
Call or text me on 0749 573 5189 to arrange a discussion, or book yourself a slot at https://calendly.com/francis-norton/preliminarychat
While my integrative approach draws on attachment theory, person-centred counselling and cognitive approaches, I also bring a specifically burnout perspective - for example, I will listen out for emotional exhaustion triggered by overwhelming demands.
For a client experiencing the hollow hell of burnout to recognise it - via Maslach's burnout inventory, Freudenberger's 12 stages of burnout or Farber's 3 sub-types of burnout - as a natural response to external stresses can be immensely liberating, a real first step to recovery and regrowth.
Equally, you may come to me with burnout, but - after stabilising that situation - end up being helped by work on your patterns of attachment or sources of validation.
I offer both open-ended counselling, where I like to work with a 6 week cadence of review and refocus, and Single Session Counselling (SSC, also known as Single Session Therapy or SST) where we can book in a single session to help you progress on one selected issue.
I will bring the whole of my life experience and counselling skillset to resolving your challenges, whatever shape they may take.
My first session
In the first session we will assess what burnout dynamics you are experiencing in your world, body and mind, and how these are affecting your energy, optimism and effectiveness.
We will then use this assessment to plan a recovery path, and start envisioning a life post-burnout, understanding that both plan and vision will evolve, and that burnout recovery requires change.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited