Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, especially during times of crisis and distress; you are most likely to seek help when-
You have had a major loss or have a constant sense of searching
You feel a lack of ease with tension or anxiety
Have a feeling of bleakness or depression, can't get motivated
Your relationships may be unsatisfying or falling apart
You maybe unable to make sense of stressful or traumatic events
Your confidence is low, you feel unvalued or struggle to connect with others
When a part of your world is amiss, direction, reassurance and an understanding response is essential.
As an Integrative Psychotherapist, Francesca offers a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy which considers the many ways people grow, develop and function, during wellness and crisis. We are all unique in our approach to success, disappointment and life's challenges,and it is essential that this be understood for therapy to be successful.
I have a background in nursing and midwifery and 18 years working in the Health Service as a Mental Health Therapist. In the last few years, I have specialized in working with trauma and attachment difficulties in young parents and infants using a Parent-Infant psychotherapy approach.
In 1988 I gained a First Class Honors Degree in Psychology and Human Sciences and then trained in 1990 in Humanistic Psychotherapy. I studied with a Bristish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP)recognized training in Humanistic Counselling at the Northern Guild for psychotherapy qualifying in 1994. I have done various short courses in Psychosynthesis; Mindfulness based CBT; Couples; Parent- Infant Psychotherapy; Young people; Loss and bereavement; Sexual abuse and Personality Disorders.
I am fully accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) The largest professional body in the UK for counselling and psychotherapy. for more information please visit their website: www.bacp.co.uk My membership number is: 503532 and is renewed every year. I practise within the ethical framework for BACP and am subject to its complaints procedure.
As well as lots of years of practice and training, I believe that making sense of my own life experience informs much of my way of being with my clients. My work on myself through personal therapy and meditation practise enables me to be confident, congruent and safe to be with. I am very attentive and compassionate and use both my head and my intuition to navigate through the mystery of another?s inner world. I work from a premis that I do not know your experience but rather invite you to teach me and explore at your pace how you see the world, yourself and others, how your feel in your body, how you protect yourself and sometimes limit yourself.
My role is to make sense of your experience with you, to inquire as to your way of protecting yourself and work with this on your terms. I practice in a way that seeks to accept rather than judge and to be open to feedback and challenge.
I do this sometimes using mindfulness work to enhance your awareness and bring more connectedness. It also helps in understanding the power of thoughts and how they limit and restrict our experience.