View of Lewes Castle from Sussex Downs

Who am I?

My name is Alex Francis, and I'm a BACP registered counsellor based in Lewes, Sussex, in the heart of the Sussex Downs. Lewes is within easy reach of Brighton, Eastbourne, Ringmer and surrounding towns and villages. You can learn about my education and therapeutic approach here.

Why counselling?

There are a number of reasons why you might be considering counselling. You may be:

  • Feeling anxious or depressed.
  • Struggling to come to terms with a loss or bereavement.
  • Worried about your own or a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Facing stressful, possibly life changing decisions about work, marriage, relationships or friendships.
  • Having the same negative, repetitive thoughts about yourself or others.
  • Feeling stuck in the same damaging patterns of behavior.
  • Sensing life could be better, without being able to put your finger on what’s missing.
  • Feeling you want to change, but don’t (yet) believe change is possible.

These are just some of the issues clients have come to see me with. The most important thing is to know you don't need to face these or any other issues alone.

What happens in the first session?

Whatever brings you to counselling, I will start by listening to you, without judgement. I want to understand the world as you are experiencing it now. I do this with the goal of helping to guide you on your journey to becoming the person you want to be.

What do I offer?

At the core of everything I do is the therapeutic relationship we form in our work together. Because of this I offer a free initial meeting to give you a sense of who I am and how we might get along together. You can then decide whether to arrange weekly fifty minute counselling sessions.