Dr Ashley Francis, HCPC Reg. Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy, M.Sc, B.Sc)
5 Museum Square
About me and my approach
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC; Registration Number: PYL33429). The HCPC provide assurances of safe and high standards of clinical practice. I bring an extensive background of education, training, and experience to this work, and am incredibly passionate about my work with you.
My approach to you and your problems is ambitious. I seek not only to help you remove your symptomatic suffering, but to help you live at your highest level of capacity – free to love, to work, to create and feel fully alive. I view the purpose of therapy in a similar way to the famous psychoanalyst, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, who once said, "The person needs an emotional experience, not just an explanation."
If you want to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued you for years, so you can free yourself to live fully, then my approach may be just right for you.
I currently work with adults experiencing a wide range of psychological, emotional and relational difficulties, often as a result of difficult or traumatic life events in their present or past. These issues may range from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic disorders and phobias. Or they may present as feelings of sadness, anger or guilt with no obvious reason as to why. I also work with people experiencing physical health issues complicated by emotional stress such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS, and dissociate seizures.
- Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
- Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I specialise in and predominantly use ISTDP due to the model's effectiveness at working with a wide range of difficulties, and achieving rapid and long-lasting personal change in as short a time as possible. ISTDP is evidence-based and draws upon techniques from other approaches such as CBT and psychodynamic therapy, but uses these techniques to focus more on feelings and emotions, rather than on thoughts and beliefs as CBT does.
What is Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)?
ISTDP is a dynamic emotion-focussed approach that works by: (1) helping you to confront previously avoided painful feelings about your present and past life circumstances; and (2) helping you to develop insight and understanding as to how such avoidance whilst once helpful in your life to cope, now actually creates your suffering and problems in relationships with yourself and others. By becoming aware of and overcoming your own personal blocks to feelings and closeness to others, ISTDP aims not only to relieve you of symptoms, but also to foster deep change and personal growth rapidly. For further information about ISTDP see: https://www.istdp.org.uk/about-istdp/
(1) Telephone consultation
The first step in working together is a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss your problems briefly and arrange an initial assessment.
(2) Initial assessment
The first appointment is usually 3 hours long, which allows adequate time for me to take an accurate history of your difficulties, get a deeper understanding of your problems, and get treatment tailored to your needs and goals, so we can start as soon as possible.
(3) Arranging on-going appointments
If we both agree to work together, we will arrange a follow-up appointment for the following week usually. I offer appointments on a weekly basis for 1 hour at a time, or 1.5 hours.
What you can expect from me
Unlike traditional therapies in which the therapist remains relatively silent and uninvolved, uttering an occasional “A huh”, you will find that I am highly engaged in this process, and will provide you with immediate feedback, guiding you in the direction of healing and meeting your goals for therapy. This kind of collaboration between you and I is essential in overcoming the inevitable blocks and resistances that will emerge between us as thoughts and feelings that you may have long avoided surface.
What I expect from you
Therapy isn’t something that is done to you, but is a process that demands full engagement from you in order to get the best results. By working together we have the best opportunity for success to achieve your goals and help you reach your true potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.)
University of Nottingham
Masters in Investigative & Forensic Psychology (MSc)
University of Liverpool
Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (BSc)
University of Liverpool
Award: First Class Honours
Eye Movement & Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy: Parts 1 & 2: Richman Training, UK (2016-2017)
Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) Core training: Birmingham, UK (2017-2018)
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Core training: Boston, USA (2018-2020)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Initial assessment (3 hours): £270
Ongoing appointments: (1 hour) £90; (1.5 hours) £125
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays: 4.30-8.30pm Tuesdays: 6-9pm Wednesdays: 7.30-9pm Thursdays: 7.30-9pm
Types of client