As one of the leading counsellors and coach/therapists in her field, Frances is known for using transformational techniques and innovative strategies to help her clients transform their lives and move forward positively. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and professional journals, and she is regularly interviewed by BBC Radio Derby on issues around mental health and wellbeing (listen to her most recent interview here).
Alongside her considerable qualifications and professional experience, Frances has a wealth of life experience which has given her a deep understanding of human nature and an ability to relate to her clients and put them at their ease. Her clients come from all walks of life, and have included high profile individuals in the public eye who particularly value the absolute discretion and completely confidential environment she is able to offer.
Frances is accredited by the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adheres to their Code of Ethics and Practice. She is also an senior accredited member of the NCP (National Council of Psychotherapists); a founding member of the Coaching Division of the BACP; a member of BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) and AAMET (Association of Meridian Energy Therapists).
She has spent over 25 years working in her own successful private practice seeing adults and children. She spent 14 years as a part-time specialist in the NHS working with children, teenagers and their families within two CAMHS teams.
Over recent years Frances has developed a bespoke, highly specialist approach to her work that seamlessly integrates key elements of counselling and coaching into a unique, highly effective service for individuals who are committed to their personal development. Now practising exclusively from Sunshine Barn Frances has realised her dream to be able to create a beautiful sanctuary for her clients in a peaceful, rural environment where they can find shelter from their personal ‘storm’ and benefit from a fully holistic and creative approach to improved wellbeing.
Frances was recently one of three finalists in the Inaugural Towergate Care Awards in the category ‘Creative Counselling Initiative of the Year 2016’, having been shortlisted from 140 nominees in her category. She is pictured here with comedian and actor Sally Phillips, who hosted the award ceremony in March.
Training, Qualifications & Experience:
MEd Counselling 1995
Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling 1993
Diploma in Play Therapy 2001
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Level 1 and 2 (2007)
EFT Advanced Practitioner Level 3 (2009)
Accredited Diploma in Performance Coaching (2010)
ChildLine counsellor 1992-5
Bereavement counsellor with Cruse (1992-5)
Also trained in:
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Groupwork with Children and Adolescents
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Motivational Interviewing Techniques
Frances has provided supervision to organisations, independent counsellors and counselling students for over 18 years. She now sees a limited number of supervisees due to her other commitments. She also offers workplace counselling and critical incident debriefing following traumatic events, and contracts with employers to offer free counselling to employees with personal or work-related problems.
She is fully insured and has obtained enhanced DBS disclosure.
Until recently Frances wrote a regular column entitled ‘Counsellor’s Casebook’ for The British Journal of School Nursing about her counselling work with children, and was a member of their Editorial Board. She is also a contributor to Pink Moods, a supportive community for women, and is Managing Director of Nature and Nurture, a social enterprise offering free therapy to children and young people.