Qualifications & Education
Frances is a Psychotherapist and a current accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. Frances completed both a BA (Hons) in Psychology from UCD and an M.Sc. in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from DCU, where her research dissertation focused on measuring outcomes in psychotherapy in community settings. She subsequently completed post graduate training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), SFBT (solution Focused Brief Therapy) and the therapeutic use of Mindfulness, all of which she incorporates into her work as an Integrative Psychotherapist with clients.
Frances has worked in a range of clinical settings with clients from differing backgrounds and economic circumstances and she has gained expertise in working with clients experiencing a wide variety of presenting difficulties and issues.
Frances’ theoretical background is in Humanistic/Integrative Psychotherapy. Clinically, Frances approaches assessment and intervention using the principles of Evidence Based Practice, with a flexible implementation of a variety of clinical methods tailored to the individual client and their context. This approach to therapy acknowledges the unique nature of every client and allows for a therapeutic approach that best meets the requirements of each individual. Frances follows a holistic approach to health and well-being and using a collaborative approach with emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the aim is to create a safe and confidential space from which clients can explore the challenges experienced in life and develop the skills and resources within themselves to deal with these challenges and overcome obstacles. Among Frances' most commonly utilized approaches are Person-centred, CBT and SFBT.
Frances has experience in working with adults in a variety of settings and specialises in providing individual therapy. Frances has experience working with clients on a wide variety of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, anger, bereavement and grief, depression, relationship issues, self-harm and suicidal ideation, etc.
Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, Frances worked for several years in the area of Human Resources, in a number of International Corporations in Europe, USA and Asia.