Frances Tagg MA, Counsellor, Psychotherapist (UKCP) & Supervisor
Therapy: I offer short term focused and longer term in depth psychotherapy and counselling for a wide range of issues. These include generalised anxiety, depression, difficulties with relationship, stress, bereavement, childhood trauma and abuse, addiction, lack of confidence, poor self-esteem, and loss of direction and meaning in life.
My approach, psychosynthesis, offers a broad perspective within which to explore whatever it is that you might be struggling with, the unique history and set of circumstances which you bring, and the potential which might be hidden from view, a not yet known future. It is a depth psychology which integrates psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and CBT approaches within a psycho-spiritual context. At its heart lies a trust in the inherent capacity for wholeness and healing and the intrinsic health and integrity of the core Self. For this reason it has been called 'a psychology of Hope'.
I also draw on the work of Dr. Habib Davanloo (evidence-based 'Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy' ISTDP) and Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) among many others.
I am committed to working within a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment which facilitates a respectful and creative therapeutic relationship supporting growth and change.
Supervision: I trained as a supervisor at The Centre for Supervision & Team Development (Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmott) and have 2 vacancies for supervisees.
PLEASE NOTE: during the current lock-down due to Covid-19 sessions are either by telephone or on-line (Zoom). This will revert back to face-to-face sessions once the lock-down is over.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in private practice since 2006, gaining my Diploma and Masters (MA) in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London (accredited through Middlesex University). This was the culmination of 30 years of rich experience in nursing, midwifery and anthropology including living and working in intentional therapeutic communities. Here I trained and developed skills in counselling and soul care along with deepening my expertise as an anthroposophic nurse. I have worked with people of all ages, abilities, orientations and beliefs in the public, private and voluntary sectors both in the UK and abroad.
Over the years I have become particularly interested in the role of anxiety as a symptom and sometimes debilitating experience with which many people struggle. Naming and working with this can be liberating on many levels. I draw on the well-established evidence-based work of Dr. Davanloo (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy - ISTDP) in this, integrating his methods into the all-inclusive and wholesome view of the human being given through psychosynthesis.
My special interest in working with adults suffering emotional and relationship difficulties which stem from being sent away to boarding school at a young age has deepened my awareness of the field of relational trauma, whatever the cause.
I also have particular experience working with people living with life-limiting illnesses.
I am currently training as a supervisor with The Centre for Supervision and Team Development (Robin Shohet & Joan Wilmott) and am offering reduced cost supervision.
In addition to my one-to-one work I facilitate occasional Mindfulness and Meditation Group work. I also offer workshops aimed at developing the practice of mindfulness and building confidence and practical resourcefulness in relation to aspects of health, illness and spiritual-development. I am a faculty member on the Anthroposophic Health Care, Education and Training Programme.
I am registered and accredited with the UKCP and work according to their ethical principals and professional code of conduct.
For further information please visit www.psychosynthesiscounselling.co.uk or call me directly on 01384 827682 or 07906 910728.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding School Experience
Cancer / Life Threatening Illness / auto-immune illnesses
Mindfulness and Meditation Practice
Sessions are weekly unless otherwise agreed.
I charge between £45 and £65 per session. I do this in an attempt to include those who are less well off as well as those who receive average or above average incomes.
I am always happy to discuss fees.
Day times and evenings
Psychosynthesis was developed by the psychiatrist Dr. Roberto Assagioli, a contempory of Jung and Freud. His early years exposed him to a width of world views and perception which led him, in 1910, to challenge Freud regarding his focus on the (lower) unconscious. For Assagioli it was unthinkable not to include other (all) levels of the unconscious when offering help/therapy to others not to mention when pursuing ones own self-development. This recognition means that the whole of the human psyche or soul is addressed, not merely a part of it. Our unique experiences and potential are therefore held and seen within a context which is founded in the universally human. The inherent capacity indwelling each and every individual for healing is acknowledged and understood as the will of the Self. Psychosynthesis has therefore been called a 'Psychology of Will and of Love' and , by inference, a Psychology of Hope.