Committed to supporting and empowering you in your journey towards improved mental health and well-being

Do you need to speak to someone who listens, cares and understands what you are going through? 

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You are not alone.  We all have times when we struggle to cope.

It can be hard to open up to friends and family when you are going through a hard time.

Seeking help from a therapist is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength.

Welcome to Dove Counselling in Plymouth

Frances Rayner, MNCPS Acc.

Person-centered counselling

Using a person-centered approach, I facilitate therapy in ways that respect your values, personal resources, and capacity for self-determination.  My goal is to guide you towards a healthier, more balanced life.

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My experience

With over 15 years’ of experience, I bring a unique perspective from my background as a complementary therapist and specialist mentor in higher education.

My commitment to you

I am dedicated to supporting and empowering you in your journey towards improved mental health and well-being.

Ongoing Support

Ongoing learning and keeping my private practice up-to-date with continuous professional development ensures that I give you the most effective support, as you start to navigate the personal challenges that you face.

Counselling in Plymouth

Face-to-face counselling

I offer face-to-face therapy sessions in a safe and comfortable therapy room at City Osteopathic Practice in Plymouth.

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Online therapy and telephone counselling

I also provide online therapy and telephone counselling.

Short and long term therapy

Many people find a short course of therapy can help them to make the changes they hope for, but sometimes long-term work is needed.  I offer both short and long term therapy tailored to your needs and personal circumstances.

Areas of special interest

Client Testimonials

What clients say about Dove counselling in Plymouth

“Frances provided me with support prior to the death of my daughter and she helped me through the dark days of early grief.  She is such a talented counsellor and her support changed the way I coped in such difficult circumstances.  I have no hesitation in highly recommending her.  She is a very special lady”.


“Frances always brings a warm welcome. I feel listened to and supported during my therapy.  I experience connection with every session. Thank you Frances”.


“Frances was compassionate and very helpful to me during my counselling.  It felt like I made real progress and was listened to and supported.  She was flexible with time and checked in frequently to ensure she was using a technique I found helpful”.  


“I have found the support I have received from Frances to be incredibly helpful.  She has a deep understanding of mental health issues and the difficulties these present to individuals. Frances has been patient and kind, understanding and empathetic. At first, I was not sure what to expect and I did not like talking to a stranger over the telephone.  It took me a while to build up a therapeutic relationship with her, but once we got to “know each other” better, I found the sessions extremely helpful and they gave me renewed confidence”.


“I have been going to Frances now for 3 years to have counselling and it has changed my life immensely! Frances is very calm and accommodating for all your needs and has the ability to create an environment where you can feel at ease.  She also facilitates sand tray therapy which I think is really unique and not something I had ever seen before – it’s a great tool to access the deeper thoughts/feelings of your mind.  By working with her I feel I’ve been able to explore and express parts of myself without judgement and would highly recommend her to anyone”.


“Frances is the best listener, combining true compassionate attention with the right level of correctly-chosen probing questions, which lead you to the heart of where you couldn’t have got to without her.  A truly safe space to discover what you might not have wanted to admit even to yourself, and feel accepted and cherished as you are.  I come away feeling optimistic, having developed specific ideas to put into action to improve my life”.


“Having dealt with Frances on a professional level, I can without doubt say that she is very personable, friendly and makes you feel at ease in her company. If you are looking to engage her professional services, you will without doubt be putting yourself in safe (and friendly) hands”.


FREE initial phone consultation

Finding the right counsellor

When you are looking for a counsellor, it is important to find someone who you are happy with, so they can help you to become your best self.

FREE initial phone consultation

I offer a FREE 15 minute initial phone consultation, with no obligation to book a session.

Start your counselling journey today

Reach out today and take the first steps towards improved mental health and well-being. 

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Clinic Location

Plymouth city centre

City Osteopathic Practice

4 The Crescent

Lower Ground Floor




To book your FREE 15 minute initial phone consultation with Frances Rayner at Dove Counselling in Plymouth, please telephone 0740 865994 or send an email

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