Frances Varney

Frances Varney

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07562 311 450

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Therapist - Keighley

Keighley BD20
07562 311 450
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I offer sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, daytime and evening. 

About me and my therapy practice

I’m a body-image counsellor, offering sessions via telephone and online. I work with clients on acceptance of self, from my quiet garden office. 

My highest qualification is a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This is a higher qualification than a post-graduate diploma. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. 

My main aim is for you to be comfortable with me, and for you to be free to explore whatever concerns you without worrying about feeling judged. I’m trained in various approaches to counselling / psychotherapy, and I draw on those approaches as needed. 

I offer general counselling, but specialise in issues of self-worth and body-image. 

Practice description

I am a fat, and fat-friendly counsellor. I support clients in becoming more comfortable with the body they have right now, today.

I know how hard it is to be big in our society. Fat stigma is real, and studies show that larger people are judged as lazy, greedy and immoral, amongst other negative attributes. Women in particular, but increasingly all people, are expected to be slim. And if we’re not slim, we’re expected to be working blooming hard to become so.

It’s incredibly difficult to accept yourself when you don’t have the acceptance of society. Or even of your friends, family or partner. And it can be scary to trust a counsellor, because you don’t know if they are also biased against fatness.

I’m not biased against you because of your weight. And if your body has nothing to do with why you want counselling, that’s fine with me too! But if you’re hoping to build a better relationship with your body, I may be particularly suited to working with you towards that. 

What I can help with

Self esteem

Types of therapy


Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling