Frances Arden MA, UKCP Reg

Frances Arden  MA, UKCP Reg

Southville Clinic
68 Coronation Road

16 Victoria Place

0117 207 7070 / 0730 5225445

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Southville Clinic
68 Coronation Road

16 Victoria Place

0117 207 7070 / 0730 5225445

About me

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist who began working in psychotherapy and counselling in 1988.  For 10 years I worked in mental health and social services, running groups and providing counselling services for a wide variety of individuals whose problems included depression, severe anxiety, eating disorders, relationship difficulties and personality disorders. I was also a counsellor in GP surgeries, drama schools and for university students and staff in the UK and USA.  Since 1997 I have been in private practice in London and then Bristol.

I prefer a flexible, integrative approach, which can be adapted to the needs and preferences of individual clients, whilst also drawing on evidence of effective practice.  Starting from an interpersonal perspective, I explore how patterns in the way you relate to others may affect your emotions and health. This approach is particularly suited to unravelling depression and problems associated with major life changes such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy, retirement or relocation.

Often people feel confused, anxious and overwhelmed by the complexity of their difficulties at the start of therapy. I believe in giving people space to talk, but also in developing a collaborative exchange which provides support as we try to make sense of your experience. In short-term therapy it is essential to have a clear focus and to work together to achieve change using both structured and reflective strategies as appropriate.

I work mainly from an interpersonal and brief psychodynamic model, believing it is important to understand the links between your past and present experience, but as I also have training in CBT and therapeutic hypnosis I am able to draw on these where necessary.

Areas of work:

I offer sensitive, experienced and confidential help for a wide range of personal difficulties, particularly:

  • depression, low self-esteem, insomnia, anxiety or stress in various forms.
  • long-term health problems that influence emotions and physical well-being
  • vulnerability to anxiety or depression relating to fertility, pregnancy and  childbirth; or the impact  of miscarriage or abortion
  • confusion and distress during major life transitions such as mid-life crisis, retirement, redundancy, bereavement or relocation

Training, qualifications & experience

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

MA (Oxon)

PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling (Birkbeck/London University) 1992

MA Psychoanalytic Studies (Tavistock Clinic/UEL) 1999

Certificate and Diploma in Life Coaching and Performance Coaching 2005/2006

1 year CBT training at PG Dip level (University of Wales, Newport) 2010

Advanced Dip Hypno-Psychotherapy (NCHP) 2011

Certified Guided Autobiography Facilitator (Birren Centre) 2011

Certificate in Working with Eating Disorders (2017)

Member of  ESTD (European Society for Trauma & Dissociation)

ESTD-UK Foundation and Post-Foundation training in Working with Dissociation / DID (2017)

10 years experience working in mental health for the NHS & Social Services, as a keyworker, counsellor and group facilitator, working with adults with severe long-term mental health difficulties (1988 – 1998)
5 years experience of counselling in higher education (1997 – 2001, 2003, 2010)
21 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach. (1997-present)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


£50 for 50 mins

Concessionary rates negotiated according to need and income between £35 and £42

£75 for 90 minute sessions

Payment for 6 sessions in advance £280

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS3 1AS
Bristol, BS3 3BP

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair accessible premises: Unspecified


Southville Clinic, BS3: Wednesdays 2pm to 9.30 pm; Victoria Place BS3: Mondays 2 - 9pm; Tuesdays 9-11am & 4 - 9pm, Thursdays 10 am to 9pm

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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