Dr Francesca Lassman DClinPsy
I am a Clinical Psychologist who welcomes people from all backgrounds, and embraces diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, gender identity and physical ability.
Through a safe, warm and non-judgmental space, I am dedicated to promoting emotional well-being and meaningful life changes. I support people in connecting with their values and achieving the life they want to lead.
I currently work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and have eight years of experience working across NHS and private healthcare settings. I support adults through a broad range of difficulties, including low mood, anxiety, loss, fertility issues, trauma, and the impact of living with a long-term health condition. Sometimes people just want a space to make sense of an aspect of their lives, a relational issue, or other challenge which needs addressing.
We are all individuals with a unique set of life experiences and cultural contexts, which shape our beliefs, values and ways of relating to the world. I believe people are experts in themselves, their own lives and stories, and I tailor therapy to meet their personal needs.
My style is collaborative and not prescriptive and I am committed to upholding your personal experience and worldview at the centre of any work we do.
I offer an initial assessment session in which I ask some questions about different areas of your life, your current concerns, and hopes for therapy. This aim of this session is to reach a mutual understanding of the difficulties you are facing, from which would make a plan for ongoing work. I work with people on both a short and long term basis, or it might be you don't need therapy, but a short-term space to think through a particular concern. I am very happy to discuss any questions you have before booking an initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Royal Holloway and have completed further specialist training in Narrative Therapy. I am trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and I particularly enjoy using third wave CBT approaches, including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). My doctoral research explored the impact of mindfulness in helping people tolerate distress.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long term health conditions
£110 for an initial assessment
£100 for ongoing therapy