Frances Arden

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MA, UKCP Reg Psychotherapist & Supervisor
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Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1NP
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About me

I am a UKCP accredited 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, then Bristol and from September 2021 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

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 and attachment-based model, we explore how patterns in the way you relate to others may affect your emotions and health. This approach is particularly suited to unravelling depression, anxiety and core issues relating to your sense of self.

Therapy is a process of jointly constructing a narrative that helps to make sense of how you arrived at your present view of yourself, others and the world. An important aspect can be clarifying and coming to understand the way the right and left hemispheres of your brain react differently, resulting in confusing conflicts between your emotions and more logical parts of your personality.  Usually these responses are rooted in attachment experiences from the earliest stages of your life which may have been taken for granted but which re-emerge later, particularly in response major life changes which impact on your sense of self such as trauma, bereavement, divorce, redundancy, retirement or relocation. Therapy offers a safe reflective space to put the pieces of your life and relationships together, then begin to see yourself, and act, differently.

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. I offer both longer and short-term therapy as I recognise people have different needs and available resources. But as I work from an attachment-based perspective, once there is an established therapeutic relationship, former clients can return for occasional or short blocks of sessions to discuss any futher issues that occur or simply to maintain an on-going reflective connection.

I work mainly from interpersonal, attachment-based and brief psychodynamic models believing it is important to understand the links between your past and present experience and how that shapes your sense of who you are. But I also have training in working with dissociation, narrative therapy, therapeutic hypnosis and CBT which I am able to draw on where necessary.

For individuals going through a period of transition I offer "Life Narratives", a structured 12 session life review programme which combines individual therapy with weekly reflective writing tasks.

Areas of work:

I offer sensitive, experienced and confidential help for a wide range of personal difficulties. As I have more than 30 years experience of working in mental health and psychotherapy I have worked with many aspects of emotional distress, but feel it is inappropriate to claim I can help with every type of problem. The areas listed below are those I have particular experience, training or interest in, but if after reading my profile you would like to contact me about a different issue please email me and I will help if I have space and feel qualified to do so.

  • depression, anxiety or stress in various forms.
  • emotional distress relating to fertility, pregnancy and  childbirth; or the impact  of miscarriage or abortion
  • Low self-esteem, narcissism and uncertain sense of "self"
  • eating disorders
  • dissociation and DID
  • obsessions and certain forms of OCD (an alternative to cognitive approaches)
  • confusion and distress during major life transitions such as mid-life crisis, retirement, redundancy, bereavement or relocation

Training, qualifications & experience

UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

MA (Oxon)

PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling at London University; 1992 (Merit)

MA Psychoanalytic Studies, Tavistock Clinic/University of East London; 1999  (Distinction)

Cert & Dip in Life Coaching and Performance Coaching 2005/2006

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

Advanced Dip Hypno-Psychotherapy at NCHP; 2011 (Distinction)

Cert in Guided Autobiography Facilitation at Birren Centre; 2011

Cert in Working with Eating Disorders; 2017

Foundation and Post-Foundation training in Working with Dissociation / Dissociative Identity Disorder; European Society for Trauma & Dissociation-UK; 2017

Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) Stage 1 training; Anna Freud Ctr; 2018

PG Dip in Clinical Supervision, University of Derby 2021

Complex Trauma Professional Certification Level I & II ;  Janina Fisher 2022

Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1; Gottman Institute  2023

EMDR Training with EMDR Academy - ongoing

Additional training:

Suzette Boon: Dilemmas in the treatment of DID clients

Kathy Steele: Complex Trauma and Dissociation Skills & Supervision,  and Attachment and Dependency in Complex Trauma

Attachment theory - many trainings

Christiane Sanderson: Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Affect Regulation Theory

Psychoanalysis & Neurobiology

Psychoanalysis & Mental Health: Suicide

Cultural competency training: Nafsiyat

Member of  European Society for Trauma & Dissociation

Member EMDR Association UK

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)

Clinical Supervisor on UKCP Supervisors Register.

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Therapies offered


Additional information

Payment by cash, card or online transfer

Concessionary fees by negotiation

When I work

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Mondays to Wednesdays 9 am to 10pm

12 North Street, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1NP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Google Meet
Frances Arden
Frances Arden