Frankie has nearly 30 years’ experience of working with children and their families/carers, as well as with adults who are experiencing complex emotional difficulties.  At Beacon House, she offers therapeutic needs assessments, therapeutic interventions, and consultation for a variety of mental health and relational needs, including the impact of early trauma and dissociation.

Frankie’s style of working is integrative, and she draws on a range of therapeutic styles including EMDR, Therapeutic parenting, Mentalization-based parenting, systemic family therapy and solution-focused approaches depending on what feels most useful.  The development of the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of therapy for Frankie.  She will spend time gently building trust and a sense of safety for the client in therapy sessions.

Frankie specialises in working with Intergenerational Trauma and Developmental Trauma.  She has extensive experience of working with individuals with special needs (both children and adults) and parental mental health issues.

Frankie has many years’ experience of working with children in foster care and of supporting foster carers and wider family members caring for children unable to live with their birth parents.  She is also experienced in working with children who are adopted, and their families.

Frankie is registered with the Health Care Professions Council membership number PYL30647

  • MSc Clinical Psychology – University College London
    1992 – 1995
  • BSc (Hon’s) Psychology – Bristol University (1987-1990)
    1987 – 1990
  • Outdoor Eco Psychotherapy Training Course
    David Key, Ongoing
  • The Master Series
    Oxford Trauma Conference, 2023
  • SCID-D
    Beacon House, January – February 2021
  • Level 1 EMDR Children & Adolescents
    University of London, April 2018
  • International Trauma Conference
    Belfast, 2018
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) Part 2
    Anna Freud Centre, September 2017
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) Part 1
    Anna Freud Centre, June 2017
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage
    The College of Classical Massage, Brighton September 2016 to April 2017
  • Child Attachment Interview (CAI) – Structured Assessment of Attachment (8-16 years)
    Anna Freud Centre, March 2017
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Parents Reflective Parenting
    Anna Freud Centre, February 2017
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
    SWIFT Specialist Family Service In-House training (2015) Transition to Stage 2 (April 2017)
  • Story Stem Attachment Profile (SSAP) – Structured Assessment of Attachment (4-8 year olds)
    Anna Freud Centre, September 2015
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
    Richman training Parts 1, 2 & 3, September 2015 – April 2017
  • Trauma-focused CBT for children and young people with PTSD
    Dr David Trickey, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2015
  • Cognitive Therapy for PTSD to multiple events: working out where to start
    Dr Pippa Stallworthy, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2015
  • Parenting Neuroscience Intervention Conference
    Anna Freud Centre, 2014
  • Skills Development in Systemic Psychotherapy
    Institute of Family Therapy (IFT), 1999
  • Courtroom Skills
    Bond Solon Expert Witness training, 1998
  • Excellence in report writing
    Bond Solon Expert Witness training, 1998
  • Foundation Course in Systemic Psychotherapy
    Institute of Family Therapy (IFT), 1998
  • Solution Focused Therapy with families
    London, 1997