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My name is Fran Hicks and I am an experienced female counsellor working from my home just outside a small village four miles from Hereford and ten miles from Ledbury. The location and the room that I use are warm, private and comfortable with ample off road parking.
I work from a person centred approach but use elements that are individual and appropriate to fit with the client's needs and issues. A good relationship between counsellor and yourself is in my view essential to the success of therapy. Vital to establishing a positive therapeutic relationship is the development of trust and respect. To achieve this I work from a non-judgemental point of view allowing you the freedom to explore any issues that you may wish to bring to counselling. I I work with people of all ages and have considerable experience working with Children and Young People. I work both short term and open ended. I also offer counselling via Whatsapp and telephone as well as face to face.
I gained my Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in June 2003 and I am a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists as well as a Children and Young People Member . Since gaining my Diploma I have had training in many aspects of issues that may affect a person including bereavement, self harm, eating disorders, relationships, separation/divorce, abuse, drugs, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety/depression, low self esteem, bullying and other issues connecting to school/education.
Theories that I have trained in since 2003 include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focus Brief Therapy as well as obtaining my British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Certificate of Proficiency.
If you are considering counselling and are interested please telephone or email me for a return call or email. My contact details are 01432 850066, 07776188610 or email email@example.com. and I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Education Birmingham University
BTEC Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy June 2003.
BACP Certificate of Proficiency 2013.
Working with People who Self Injure
Working with Bereaved Children, Young People and their Families
CBT Key Knowledge and Skills
Solution Focus Brief Therapy
E safety training
Domestic Abuse training
Training for Early Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
I charge £40 a session but I will look at concessions for students and those on benefits/low incomes.
When I work
I try to work in a way that allows you to find a time that is suitable to you, which includes some evenings and weekends face to face and online .
I work in an integrative way which involves using a variety of therapies. The main basis is person centred which focuses on you as the expert on yourself. To achieve this I work by being led by you as to the issues that are impacting you as well as the positives in you and your life. I work non judgementally with elements of other therapies for example CBT which involves thoughts and feelings and aspects of change. Looking at conscious and subconscious thoughts as well, in order to make sense of them.
I have a small elderly dog called Coco who meets my clients at the door as well as a female tabby cat who may or may not as is the way of cats!
The room is warm and comfortable according to my clients and there is parking outside the front of my home off a small farm lane adjacent to the fields where there are lambs in the Spring.
Sadly there are three steps from my drive to the front door so it isn't wheelchair friendly but there are planters alongside the steps to use as handrails.
Please feel free to ask any questions that you might think of and I look forward to meeting you if you choose therapy with me.