Beverly Franks, Dip Couselling & Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg.

Beverly Franks, Dip Couselling & Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg.

Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5

Newtown
Stonehouse
Gloucestershire
GL10 3RW

07821 691 728

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About me

I specialise in helping adults who are bereaved and/ or experiencing loss and change in their life circumstances

I help adults who are bereaved and/ or experiencing loss and change by exploring and validating their experience with understanding and compassion. My experience of working in the area of bereavement and loss for twenty years as a counsellor is that when your experience is validated and you feel understood at a deep intrinsic level, it naturally leads to you feeling less stuck and more able to adjust to your new circumstances, which then opens up the possibility for new opportunities and choices to emerge.

The issues I work with are:-

  • Grief, Loss, Bereavement.
  • Life transitions such as redundancy, parenthood, promotion, divorce.
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem, Self Worth, Self Image.
  • Emotional neglect

People I work with

I work with adult clients who are self-referred, referred by their employers directly or through an EAP referral or referred by their GP practice.

How I work with you

When we are bereaved it can be a destabilising and unsettling time in which we can feel anxious, lost and alone. It can challenge what previously felt familiar and safe and leave us with more questions than answers. We may have supportive friends and family that although well-meaning just ‘don’t get it’. My belief is that we all need an attentive other that can give us the time and space we need to have all that is emerging within us validated without feeling that what we have to share will be ‘too much for the other’ or that we are ‘being a burden’.

I believe that grief is a natural process that largely doesn’t get spoken about in our culture. We receive messages from our friends and from society that urge us to ‘get over it’ and ‘get on with our lives’ In the fast-paced society we live in death and loss is an inconvenience and as such when it happens to us or to those that we love we often don’t know how to process the experience. I feel privileged to witness my adult clients emerging with a deeper connection to themselves, often with a new sense of purpose and meaning as they adjust to life without the person who has died.

Loss and grief is not just something that comes up in response to death. A new life circumstance such as redundancy, divorce, winning the lottery, marriage, a new baby or a medical diagnosis to name a few can bring up the same feelings of destabilisation, insecurity and lost feelings. In the same way, I work with adults to process the changed circumstances they are facing and to validate their experience so that they have choices going forward.

I provide a safe and nurturing counselling environment that is non-judgemental, confidential, caring, supportive and relational that encourages your natural potential to emerge.

I believe every person is born with the natural capacity to lead a rich and fulfilling life with an inbuilt capacity to heal.

I look forward to supporting you to discover more clarity, purpose, meaning and fulfilment.

My experience as a Bereavement Counsellor

My interest in supporting people through bereavement came out of processing my own personal experience of bereavement and loss following the death of my Father in my early 20's.

I am now passionate about supporting others through what is often a lonely and destabilising time of change.

I have worked in the area of Bereavement and loss for almost 20 years. Some organisations I have worked for are: _

Cruse Bereavement Care

Mind in Barnet Mental Health Charity

Grief Encounter Project (leading Child bereavement charity) as a Counsellor, workshop provider and as Clinical Services Manager.

Prior to being a counsellor:-

I worked in Primary and Secondary Education as a teaching assistant.

Worked as an ambulance driver for people with disabilities
Served for five and a half years in the British Army (WRAC) both at home and abroad.

Where I work

I work in a self-contained, counselling room annexe, with attached bathroom facilities.

Contact me for a no-obligation introductory session clarify the changes you want to make and to think through what support you need in order to make progress.

I provide a safe and nurturing counselling environment that is non-judgemental, confidential, caring, supportive and relational that encourages your natural potential to emerge. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • In 1997 I trained and worked as a Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor for CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE.
  • In 1999 I commenced a Foundation Certificate Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy at CCPE ( Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy) London.
  • In 1999-2005 I worked as a Volunteer Mental Health Counsellor for MIND-IN-BARNET
  • In 2000 I commenced my four-year training in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy at CCPE ( Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education) in London.

  • In 2003 I qualified to diploma level as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Counsellor. For My Diploma Project: I facilitated an experiential group that explored how Transformation occurs in relation to self, others, faith and belief following loss and bereavement.

  • In 2006 I became a Registered Psychotherapist with UKCP

  • In 2007 I worked as a Volunteer Child Counsellor in Primary Schools with PLACE2BE Charity.
  • In 2008-2012 I was employed by The Grief Encounter Project as their Clinical Services Manager Part-time. I also provided Counselling for children, teens and adults experiencing bereavement. My specialist areas included bereavement by homicide and suicide. I Facilitated bereavement workshops and trained schools in bereavement support.
  • In 2012 I became full-time self -employed in a successful Private Practice in North Finchley, London.
  • In 2013 I commenced a course in Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution.

  • In 2014 I moved to Gloucestershire.
  • In 2015 I completed Attachment Mastery Programme- Trauma Resolutions-DianePooleHeller.com
  • In 2015 I was employed as an Employee Assistance telephone Counsellor by Care First.
  • In 2016 I Graduated from Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution Course and am certified as a Somatic Experiencing Registered Practitioner.

  • In 2016 I started up In Private Practice in Gloucestershire. Working with self-referred private clients, Insurance Company Referred Clients, EAP referrals and Gloucester Council fostering to adopt clients.
  • In 2017 I was approved as a Childhood Emotional Neglect Practitioner ( CEN) by Dr Jonice Webb and am included in her list of practitioners as featured in her book RUNNING ON EMPTY NO MORE.
  • In 2019 I obtained an advanced diploma in Counselling Supervision level 7 and qualified as an NCS Supervisor.
  • Since qualifying as a psychotherapist in 2003 I have met the requirements for Continued Professional Development as laid out by my professional body UKCP. Significant short courses and day courses I have undertaken are:

  • Short course in attachment (10-week course) Bowlby Centre, London

  • Two three-day courses on treating trauma in adults and children- SOS Internationale

  • Place-to-be training over one year on working with children through play

  • Facilitating groups (3-day training) - Child Bereavement Charity

  • Basic Sexuality (8-week course)- Spectrum

  • Professional training developmental group. (2 years) CCPE. Learning T’ai Chi and discussing the learning in a developmental group of 10 people.

  • Understanding bereavement and bereavement care. (10-week course)- Hillingdon Cruise.

  • Short day courses on topics including child development, ageing, spirituality, addiction, trauma and bereavement- various Counselling and Psychotherapy centres.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Somatic Experiencing- Natural resolution to trauma.

Supervision.

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room
  • Counselling room annexe
  • Counselling room Location

Fees

My Fee Of £50 is based on my experience of over 14 years post qualifying experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and includes the further training I have undertaken In Supervision, Somatic Experiencing, Bereavement, Attachment and Child Development.

I offer an initial interview session of an hour and a half  at £50.
Where we can explore together any questions you might have about the counselling process, how I work and to get a sense of whether we can work together.

If you decide that you would like to continue counselling with me I charge  £50 per 50 min session.

Further information

FREE PARKING AVAILABLE IN STONEHOUSE.

20 Mins from Stonehouse Rail Station

5mins from Bus Stop

CLOSE TO JUNC. 13 OF M5 Within easy reach of STROUD, STONEHOUSE, GLOUCESTER, CHELTENHAM & BRISTOL.

Often people have conflicting push/pull feelings about embarking on therapy. They are unsure as to whether it is therapy they need or something entirely different. Many are bewildered by the wide - range of therapies on offer and what would be the best approach for them. Frequently people are concerned as to whether they will 'get on' with the therapist. All these thoughts and feelings are natural when you are considering investing your time, money and attention to something new and as important as understanding yourself better.

I am mindful of this 'pre-therapy' state and try to make this transition as easy as possible for you. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Call me for a confidential chat on 07821 691 728.

Maps & Directions

Stroud, GL5
Stonehouse, GL10 3RW

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

Availability

Available 10am -7pm Mondays to Thursdays.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I hold an advanced diploma in Counselling Supervision Level 7 gained in 2019 and certified by NCS.

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