Frances is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. She has been working with clients for over 10 years.
She found her way into this work by way of a desire to "care" for or "help" others, often finding herself the advice giver within personal circles. Something which on her first day of training was told she shouldn't do in the reality of the therapy room. Her eyes, heart and soul were opened to a different way of looking at the "job" - where her approach developed a more collaborative texture, at her potential clients, at life, and at herself.
Frances has no particular area in which she specialises. She has encountered a great many different issues in the therapy room that include relationship problems, loss, grief, sexual abuse, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts.
She likes to meet people where they are at. She has found personally that any expression of a struggling part of the self is an opportunity to learn, heal and grow. While this is not necessarily an easy concept to recognise or acknowledge, it can lead to a very liberating experience - and something she tries to harnass in the work. Integration and self-care are key to the process, promoting a search for Wholeness in Mind, Body and Spirit. Journalling, exercise and engaging in our passions, just some of the important activities complimenting the therapeutic process.
Frances endeavours to offer a safe and non-judgemental space from which a person can connect (or reconnect) with themselves - with their true selves. She has a keen interest in working with the shadow or darker aspects of the self.
She has been a member of a Care Team in her place of work and has presented workshops on Mindfulness. Frances also featured on The Daughterhood.com website as resident psychotherapist.