Francis Higgins

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BA (Hons)
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Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13
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About me

Online and Telephone counselling only. My name is Francis and my pronouns are he/they. I offer person-centred, LGBTQ+ affirming, neurodiversity affirming counselling & psychotherapy, specialist bereavement counselling, HAES/IE informed counselling and Single Session Therapy (SST). I work online and via telephone throughout the UK and some other countries by arrangement.

My work is relational and trauma informed. I support people with many common issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, workplace bullying, mental health issues, childhood trauma, chronic illness, self-esteem and issues with identity and also more specialised areas of bereavement, gender/sexuality, body image, LGBTQ+ issues and neurodivergence. I have extensive experience working with ADHD/Autism/AuDHD.

I have personal and professional experience of suicide bereavement and work with complex bereavements such as suicide, unexpected loss, and multiple bereavements.

I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and work with LGBTQ+ people. I am sex positive and kink, BDSM and polyamory friendly. I work from a Health at Every Size/(HAES) and Intuitive Eating (IE) informed approach with self-esteem, body image and healing from diet culture. I work with neurodivergent people and those who are exploring neurodivergent identity, particularly autism and/or ADHD. As a transgender, neurodivergent and disabled person myself I have both personal and professional experience of many of the issues I help clients with.

I have experience of and enjoy working with other therapists and therapists in training. My qualifications and memberships are generally accepted by course providers.

Person-centred counselling is based on the belief that we all have an innate capacity for healing and that when we are struggling with life’s challenges a skilled, caring and facilitative counselling relationship can support us in this. Working from the person-centred model means that I will support your own healing journey rather than advise or analyse you.

I am flexible around how often, and how long you would like to come for counselling, I also welcome returning clients when I have availability. Appointments usually last for 60 minutes although if you have a special requirement, I may be able to be flexible. I can offer email or text-based counselling as an access requirement if other mediums do not work for you.

Single Session Therapy (SST)

Single Session Therapy is a form of therapy that takes place in one session, usually focused on a specific issue where we both work together to figure out a way forward. It is possible to book further stand alone sessions, but you may find that one is enough. This is different to open ended therapy where we would be expecting to see each other over a period of time. You may book more than one session of SST, but they would still be more like separate episodes of therapeutic work rather than an ongoing therapeutic process.

Why choose SST?

You may have a specific issue or problem that you want help with, it also may help with time and financial constraints, or you might be unsure about whether a longer term therapy process is right for you. I can also often offer a session of SST a lot quicker than other types, e.g. within 2 weeks.

SST originates from the CBT tradition of psychological therapies, however the way I practice it is a lot more person-centred, so while there may be a more focused feel to a SST session it is still you who chooses what is important, what you do and don't want to talk about and what you want to get out of the session. For more information about SST please drop me an enquiry and I can send out the full information pack.

Finding the right therapist can be difficult, particularly for people with minority identities and is often about finding the right ‘fit’ of traits and personality in addition to qualifications. I understand how important this is so if my profile appeals then please get in touch. I am happy to answer any questions you may have either about person-centred counselling generally or what I can offer. I offer a free informal telephone/video consultation so you can find out more.

Please note that I do not work with LGBTQ+ or neurodivergent clients in the greater Edinburgh area, in order to maintain privacy in a small community.

Your first session with me will be a chance for you to begin to talk about the issues that are bringing you to counselling. I send out my paperwork beforehand so there is minimal paperwork during your appointment. I will then begin the process of listening to your story, to understand your unique experiences and learn how I can best support you.

I do my best to make sure you feel safe and supported so you can feel comfortable to share your personal information. You don't have to talk about anything that you don't want to. Particularly in the first sessions you may need to get used to me and find out whether you feel safe to share sensitive issues, and I respect this. I offer a combination of deep supportive listening and therapy, as well as giving you information that might support your wellbeing such as advice around mental health.

Please make your initial enquiry by email or text message - due to my own access needs, I cannot guarantee to answer phone calls or voicemails.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Training:

  • Advanced Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling 2020
  • BA (Hons) Person Centred Therapy - University of Cumbria 2014 (BACP Accredited)
  • Counselling Skills 2009
  • Mediation Skills (Neighbourhood, Youth and Family)
  • EFT Level 2 2014
  • Eden Valley Hospice Bereavement Support training 2012-2014


  • Private Practice 2018-2024
  • Associate Bereavement Counsellor with Professional Help/GriefChat/SAIFcare 
  • Volunteer Counsellor – Frontline 19
  • Associate Bereavement Counsellor with Suicide & Co
  • Associate Counsellor with Problem Solved 
  • EAP Associate Counsellor Health Assured
  • SOBS Cumbria (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) Group facilitator
  • Eden Valley Hospice –Bereavement Support
  • West Cumbria Carers –Volunteer Counsellor
  • Odyssey Cancer Charity – Volunteer Counsellor2012

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size (HAES), body positivity/fat acceptance, LGBTQ+, Kink, Polyamory BDSM, GSRD, neurodiversity-affirming.


£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 per hour for individual counselling. Unfortunately I am currently not able to offer concessions.

I offer a free initial telephone/video discussion (up to 20 minutes) before booking an appointment. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday daytimes and some evening slots, subject to availability.

Further information

I work online and over the phone exclusively. I work with adult individuals, I do not work with under 18s or couples. I am based in Edinburgh and in order to maintain boundaries in a small community I do not work with neurodivergent/LGBTQ+ people in Edinburgh. 

Please make enquiries by text or email, as due to my own working patterns and access needs I cannot be guaranteed to answer calls/voicemails. If you submit an enquiry please also leave me a mobile phone number and/or check your spam/junk folders as replies to enquiries can end up there.

Brigham, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I endeavour to meet access needs on an individual basis. As a remote-only therapist accessability is often about accomodating different communication needs, I am happy to work with video's off/on or a combination, and can offer email therapy if needed.


Francis Higgins
Francis Higgins