Francesca Palmieri

Dr Francesca Palmieri


Chartered HCPC Counselling Psychologist

Works With All Age Groups


At difficult times in our lives we feel tested and confused; scared and unsure of how to move forward; it can feel like we’re in a blurred tunnel and we blame ourselves when things don’t happen as we’d like.  It helps to have someone guide you through these difficult times, someone who can create a supportive and reflective space where problems can be unravelled and better understood.

We often deny, and try to ignore, bad feelings and can easily get stuck in a circle of negative thought patterns which influence how we see the world and how we feel and behave.  This negative cycle can prevent us from making any positive changes and we struggle to do what before had been the simplest of tasks.

I take a pluralistic approach to my practice. I recognize the importance of having a full collaboration with my clients and value an open dialogue to help you identify what you need from therapy and how, together, we will archive it.


I work in an integrative way practicing CBT as my main model but do also draw on other therapeutic models, such as on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Compassion Focused therapy (CFT), as appropriate.

I have great experience of working with a wide range of different presenting problems such as low self-confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, OCD, panic attacks, sleep problems, health anxiety, social anxieties, bereavement and drug or alcohol problems.

Psychometric tests are a very helpful tool in my practice and I always work with a formulation as the foundation for my diagnosis, which is the cornerstone of a good Psychological practice.

I work with clients using both short-term and long-term therapies and will discuss and review the length of therapy with clients on an ongoing basis.  Client feedback in therapy is essential in forming a trusting relationship and ensuring their needs are being met.

I create a safe space where children, families, couples and individuals can share their fears and feel understood.


I am very empathetic and care about my work.  I am passionate about helping others.  I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to listen, enter people’s life and share the things they feel comfortable with and help them to reach a more fulfilling and optimal stage in their life. Being a psychologist has always just felt like what I should be doing.  I believe that people need to have the freedom and emotional acceptance to fully express themselves to reach their full potential.

About me

I like travelling when I get the chance to and I am curious about discovering new places and immerse myself in other cultures.  I am an insightful and creative person, and I like to take some time to write, read and visit art galleries.

Recent Testimonials

“Therapy has improved my life in a big way. It has enabled me to think and act positively, and cope with every day stress and anxiety. As a direct result of the tools I have gained, I am a much happier person. I cannot recommend Dr Gray highly enough, and would encourage anyone who is struggling to give therapy a go”.

MARK, Skype

Registered With

The British Psychological Society

About Us

At the British CBT & Counselling Service, we are Doctors of Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychologists & CBT Therapists specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults and children.

We can help anyone experiencing all types of mental health problems including addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship problems, stress and other distressing emotional problems.

For a more detailed list visit our Problems page.

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