Franceska Hannis

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B.A, M.A, MBACP, UKCP accred
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Exeter EX1 & Totnes TQ9
Available for new clients
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About me

Choosing a therapist

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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 teach at the Karuna Institute in Bristol.

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.

Up until 2023 I worked for a Devon charity as a specialist therapist with victims of sexual violence and abuse. I also supervised counsellors at this charity.

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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

finding meaning in life, loneliness, existential issues


£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The fee is £60.00 per session. I do take into account financial circumstances and have a limited number of low cost spaces.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work in Totnes on Mondays only from 9am to 6.30pm.

I work in Exeter on Tuesdays only from 1.30 to 7.30pm

Further information

I look forward to speaking with you.

Barnfield Hill Therapy Rooms, 4 Barnfield Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1SR

Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5PB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The building in Totnes has accessability. The building in Exeter is on the first floor with no lift and generally has poor accessibility.

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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.

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Franceska Hannis
Franceska Hannis