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Franeen McDonald (Psychotherapist for Children, Teens and Adults) COVID-19 ready

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1UA
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1UA

About me



I am an Integrative Therapist working in the centre of Cheltenham (parking available), providing help and guidance to adults, children, teenagers and families. I use a variety of proven therapies and approaches to help you, your child or your family to achieve success.

With 33 years of experience in helping children, teenagers and adults to deal with various emotional and behavioural difficulties and concerns like anger management, bullying, anxiety, self harm, fears and phobias, low self esteem, bereavement, coping after a divorce and depression, I take great care to consider your specific needs to establish the best approach and support to help you.

I have an enhanced CRB check for working in Gloucestershire schools, where I am consulting children and teachers.

I am an expert in the field of Clinical Child Assessments, during which I determine how the child perceives his/her world in all the areas of life, identifying possible problem areas and the reasons thereof. 

I am also employed as an external Counsellor for Occupational Health at the Gloucestershire County Council.

My latest exciting speciality is helping people deal with trauma or critical incidents. I also do sports performance enhancements seeing great results using the effective method of BSP.


Brain Spotting (BSP) - an intensive mindfulness technique

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - accredited with the BABCP

Clinical Child Assessments

Play Therapy

Individual Counselling / Psychotherapy  for children, teenagers and adults

Parental Guidance

Neurolinguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy (TM) and Hypnosis

School Counselling Services

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a degree in Psychology and Social Sciences, a Certificate in Child- and Play Therapy, a Certificate in Family and Divorce Mediation and a Certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy(TM) and Hypnosis. I did various post graduate courses in Child and Family Counselling and engages in Continued Professional Development. I am busy with my Master's Degree in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics and practice. I am also a full member of Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP) and an associate member of the British Association for Play Therapists (BAPT). I am also a member of the American Boards of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP), Hypnotherapy (ABH) and the Time Line Therapy(TM) Association (TLTATM). I am an accredited CBT therapist with the BABCP. Iam a qualified Brainspotting Practitioner.

I have an advanced CRB check and trained to work with child protection issues and is registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC).

I have experience in counselling children and families since 1986 and have worked in a variety of medical, voluntary and local authority sectors.

My  office is in the centre of Cheltenham with easy access from the M5 and the A40. Calderwood House is situated in a beautiful area of Cheltenham and is situated in such a way that clients can access therapy in a confidential setting. There are visitors parking available on the premises.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Please see the website for an outline of the fees, or contact me for an appointment. I would appreciate it if you can leave a contact telephone number with your enquiry in order for me to get back to you as soon as possible.

Further information

Various methods of therapy are used according to each individual person's specific need, e.g. play therapy, sandtray therapy, psychotherapy, CBT, BSP, Hypnosis, NLP, TLT(TM), Counselling and Family Therapy.

Calderwood House
7 Montpellier Parade
GL50 1UA

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Afrikaans


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Wheelchair user access


I am available to do sessions face-to-face, or via VSee, WhatsApp or telephone.

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme


Franeen McDonald (Psychotherapist for Children, Teens and Adults) COVID-19 ready

Franeen McDonald (Psychotherapist for Children, Teens and Adults) COVID-19 ready

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