The team is headed up by Managing Director, Frances Weston, who has worked therapeutically with children and young people for over 20 years. Whilst doing her Masters in Counselling she had placements with Barnardos and Cruse Bereavement Care, then went on to work as a volunteer for ChildLine. She worked within two NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Staffordshire for 14 years, as a Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Therapist, a Senior Counsellor and Play Therapist, and pioneered the introduction of Animal Assisted Therapy during her time in CAMHS. Alongside this, she built a very successful private practice (Brighter Futures Personal Growth) where she has specialised in working with children and young people, as well as working with adults. She passionately believes all children and young people should have access to high quality therapeutic services as soon as they need them, regardless of their parent/carers’ financial circumstances, which is why she founded Nature and Nurture CIC.
Frances is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP); and is a qualified Play Therapist; Performance Coach; and level 3 EFT practitioner. Her work with Nature and Nurture was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Towergate Care Awards in 2016.