Frankie has twenty years’ experience of working with children and their families/carers. She has extensive experience of working therapeutically in a range of NHS and Local Authority clinical settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services both in London and Sussex, as well as specialist services such as The Traumatic Stress Clinic (London) and SWIFT Specialist Family Service (East Sussex). Frankie’s style of working with children and families is eclectic and draws on a range of theories and therapeutic styles.

Frankie has 18 years’ experience of working as an expert witness to the Family Courts both as an Independent expert witness and as part of a multi-disciplinary team (The Traumatic Stress Clinic & SWIFT Specialist Family Service). Frankie specialises in working with families in crisis where there are complex and multiple difficulties; where children have been subject to trauma, abuse and neglect over a prolonged period.

She also has extensive experience in assessing extremely vulnerable families and individuals including children and parents with special needs, parental mental health problems, domestic abuse and substance misuse. 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 parents.

In her role at Beacon House Frankie undertakes expert witness assessments for the Family Courts, and provides therapeutic services to children and their families who are suffering with difficulties such as anxiety, low mood and low self-esteem.

Frankie is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL30647) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 167713).

  • Positive Psychology Practitioners Certificate (online)
    The School of Positive Transformation, Dr Itai Ivtzan, 1 year course, from January 2020
  • Level 1 EMDR Children & Adolescents
    University of London (2 days April 2018)
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F)
    Anna Freud Centre Part 1 (2 days June 2017) Part 2 (2 days September 2017)
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
    SWIFT Specialist Family Service In-House training (2015) Transition to Stage 2 (April 2017)
  • Child Attachment Interview (CAI)
    Structured Assessment of Attachment (8-16 years) Anna Freud Centre (4 days March 2017)
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Parents Reflective Parenting
    Anna Freud Centre (2 days February 2017)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
    Richman training Parts 1, 2 & 3 (September 2015 – April 2017)
  • Story Stem Attachment Profile (SSAP)
    Structured Assessment of Attachment (4-8 year olds) Anna Freud Centre (September 2015; Accreditation January 2016)
  • MSc Clinical Psychology
    University College London (1992-1995)
  • BSc (Hon’s) Psychology
    Bristol University (1987-1990)
  • Consequences of Traumatic Attachments
    Janina Fisher, January 2020
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton, one day, May 2019
  • International Trauma Recovery Summit
    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018
  • Trauma-focused CBT for children and young people with PTSD
    Dr David Trickey, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, one day, 2015
  • Cognitive Therapy for PTSD to multiple events: working out where to start
    Dr Pippa Stallworthy, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, one day, 2015
  • Parenting Neuroscience Intervention Conference
    Anna Freud Centre, one day, 2014
  • Skills Development in Systemic Psychotherapy
    Institute of Family Therapy, IFT, 1999
  • Foundation Course in Systemic Psychotherapy
    Institute of Family Therapy, IFT, 1999
  • Excellence in report writing
    Bond Solon Expert witness training, 1998
  • Courtroom Skills
    Bond Solon Expert witness training, 1998
  • Solution Focussed Therapy with families
    London, 1997