Franeen McDonald (Psychotherapist for Children, Adolescents and Adults)

Franeen McDonald (Psychotherapist for Children, Adolescents and Adults)

Calderwood House
7 Montpellier Parade
GL50 1UA


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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


Accredited register membership


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.

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL50 1UA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Afrikaans


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
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