Franeen McDonald

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Psychotherapist, CBT therapist & Brainspotting Practitioner
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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

With 37 years of experience, I take great care to consider your specific needs to establish the best approach and support to help you with various issues such as anxiety,  depression, anger management, traumatic experiences, self-esteem issues, decision making problems and many more.

I have an enhanced security clearance for working in Gloucestershire schools, where I am consulting children and teachers and guiding Head Teachers through reflective practice.

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.

Another expertise is helping adults to achieve their goals - whether it is in a business setting or personal. I am an external Counsellor for Occupational Health at the Gloucestershire County Council where I coach people with various occupations helping them with work related stress, management problems and performance enhancement.

My latest exciting speciality is helping people deal with trauma or critical incidents.

I follow an integrative approach making use of the following skills:

Brain Spotting (BSP) - an intensive mindfulness technique treating trauma

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - accredited with the BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

Time Line Therapy (TM)


Clinical Child Assessments

Play Therapy

Individual Counselling

Psychotherapy  for children, teenagers and adults

Parental Guidance



Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Master's Degree in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I also have a degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences and Criminology. I have a Certificate in Child- and Play Therapy, a Certificate in Family and Divorce Mediation and a Certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy(TM) and Hypnosis and am a qualified practitioner of Brainspotting (BSP). I engage in Continued Professional Development.

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

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

I have experience in counselling and coaching adults, 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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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


Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

Additional information

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.

When I work

I am available to do sessions face-to-face, or via Zoom

Further information

Various methods are used according to each individual's specific need, e.g. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), BSP (Brainspotting), NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Psychotherapy,  Hypnosis, , Timeline therapyTM), Counselling, Family Therapy, Life- and Executive Coaching.

Overton Park Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



Franeen McDonald
Franeen McDonald