Hi, my name is Fran,
I guess if you are looking at my profile, you are in search of support, direction and answers with a problem, without involving the network of friends and family around you.
Making a decision to start or return to Counselling can feel very awkward, and a real concern within that decision is how to find the right Counsellor.
It is difficult to see a stranger and talk about your life, sometimes for the first time you are going to share yourself and your life, and that can cause a lot of anxiety but also bring a huge sense of relief.
I am experienced in my profession and am able to offer an understanding of both how you feel during your Counselling process and within my expertise of people's life problems support you in finding what you search for.
I have a warm cosy room for us to meet in, offering a friendly atmosphere in which you can confidentially talk through your problems.
Having run a successful Private Practice for some 12 years, I have seen many people for varying amounts of time running from months through to years.
The speed by which you will find your answers is determined by yourself, and supported by me, I offer no fixed amount of time as this would be, in most cases detrimental to do so.
There are many different types of therapy, which might not necessarily be of interest to you, however to inform you of how I work, I am Person Centered.
This type of Counselling/Therapy believes in you, the client, gaining a greater awareness of yourself as a person and also around the problem you have. Together we shall learn more about you, and together we shall find the answers you search for.
Being an expert in how humans 'work' and how we behave in life, as well as react, I am able to apply this expertise to all and every specific problem you present, because fundamentally your answers you seek are in the understanding of who you are as a person.
I am sure you might have more questions, and I invite you to arrange an initial session so that you can assess how comfortable you feel when you sit with me in the environment I offer.
There is no obligation to continue if you are not sure, or find Counselling too uncomfortable, at the same time I would like to add that sometimes a lot can be gained when we can gently confront the real difficulties we have and the discomfort they cause.
Training, qualifications & experience
Samaritan Training in Watford 1992.
Introduction to Pastoral Counselling in Enfield 1992 -1995.
BAC accreditted Diploma in Person Centred Counselling at the Metanoia Institute 1996 to 2001.
Company in house training on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2001 to 2002.
- Constructing a New Self with Christine Padesky in London.
- Rape with the Rape agency in High Wycombe.
- Transactional Analysis in House training with a company.
- Introduction into Compassion Focussed Therapy.
6 years of running groups of women with eating issues with food supliments.
2 years of running groups of women with eating issues when eating food.
12 years of running a very successful Private Practice.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I feel very passionate about connecting with more women who have tried every diet known to man, yet still have weight to lose.
I believe there is not enough support for people who are absolutely frustrated with their weight and feel completely unable to manage themselves around food.
I have set up a program called "W8 4Life" which offers an unconditional, non judgemental platform, for women especially, to share their demons with this very complex and misunderstood area of their lives.
It is a program running different level courses, the first one runs for 16 weeks as a 'closed' group of 6 women.
I have also written a book called "Dont Diet" which is available from AuthorHouse or myself,
For one to one face to face Counselling the charge is £50 per one hour.
For one to one telephone Counselling the fee is £45 per one hour.
For couples Counselling the fee is £70 per hour.
I run sessions weekday evenings, weekdays and weekend mornings all at varying times
Building on from my training foundation I am also able to use another school of therapy called 'Transactional Analysis' which is more theory based. It believes that we as people have many different 'sides' to ourselves, and depending on what the situation is we find ourselves reacting in a certain type of way.
This can give us 'Cognitive' clarity, an understanding to the client who often wants to at least understand what they are doing for themselves even if they are unable to change it for the immediate future.
The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that is well known in society toaday affords the client an insight in to how they think and therefore what their behaviour is driven by, as this school of therapy believes it is our thoughts that give us our behaviour.
This too is another type of therapy that I am able to use in support of gaining a clients well being.
Although my fundamental training is in the Person Centred approach I believe that these other schools of therapy have their benefits.
To assist the client in the therapeutic process it is often the case that one form of therapy will work better for them than another.