Franceska Hannis B.A, M.A, MBACP, UKCP accred.
Choosing a therapist
Finding the right person to support you is really important and can make all the difference. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that it is the relationship with your therapist that is the foundation for lasting impact. Please read through the information about me to see if I sound like the person that can help you.
What I offer
I want to create a space for you where everything is welcome and any difficulty can be shared. I have a relaxed and creative approach and can offer a strong and grounded therapeutic alliance to support and encourage your own self-inquiry. I bring patience and an open hearted curiosity to my work and am used to working with trauma and deep seated thinking patterns. I work with both individuals and with couples.
By providing a safe, non-judgemental and empathic environment, a psychotherapeutic relationship can allow our shamed, disconnected, or wounded parts to be met and accepted, and even find their own voice. I offer heartful psychotherapy for both short and long term work. I can provide safe and secure stabilisation around current personal difficulty, but also offer depth work exploring the spiritual search for deeper meaning and fulfilment.
Over the last twenty years I have worked in a wide range of roles that have all focused on supporting clients to effect personal change. I am experienced in working with issues such as anxiety, shock, depression, unresolved trauma, panic attacks, addiction, anger problems, sexual abuse, relationship issues, domestic violence and more. I have also supported clients to explore finding meaning in life, dealing with loneliness and how to find peace and balance.
I offer an integrative, psychodynamic oriented psychotherapy. It includes aspects of body psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology and is underpinned by western developmental theories, as well as Buddhist psychology and awareness practices. Please look at my website for more information.
What to expect
I always offer a free first session, so that we can meet and discuss what you want from therapy and whether I am the right therapist for you. If we then continue to work together, we will agree the fee, the time and any other practicalities. It is often helpful to have a review after about six sessions to look at how you are feeling and whether the sessions are meeting your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters Degree in Core Process Psychotherapeutic Practice, following six years of professional training and clinical practice with the Karuna Institute (Middlesex University). I have full Professional Liability insurance.
I am an Accredited Member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy, and Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I abide by these organisations' ethical frameworks, guidlelines for good practice and codes of confidentiality.
In addition to my private practice, I work for a Devon charity as a specialist therapist with victims of sexual violence and abuse.
Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist, I have worked with men who use violence in their relationship, been the manager of a child contact centre, and worked as an IDVA providing advocacy for high risk victims of domestic violence. I have twenty years of experience of working with people to effect personal change in a wide variety of settings.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate and I am a registered ICO data controller.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
finding meaning in life, loneliness, existential issues
The fee is £50.00 per session. I do take into account financial circumstances and have a limited number of low cost spaces.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work in Torquay on Thursdays only from 9am to 8pm https://torbaytalkingtherapy.co.uk/. I work in Exeter on Tuesdays only from 9am to 8pm.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I hold an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision - offering clinical supervision to psychotherapists, counsellors and those working in the helping professions, on a one to one basis and in groups if required.