Psychotherapist

hello & welcome

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about me

I believe that we are all intrinsically healthy; it’s what’s happened to us along the way that has somehow separated us from the sound earth of our health and wellbeing.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood!

I work with kindness, compassion, stability, balance and joy to help welcome those parts of ourselves that may have been abandoned, neglected or lost in the voyage of life. Listening is at the centre of my practice.

The mind talks, the heart listens.

Ishwar Puri

my experience

I am trained in Core Process Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Movement Therapy. I have worked in private practice since 2017.

I have 20 years experience working in NHS, Local Authority and voluntary mental health services as well as addiction agencies.

I have lived experience of adoption and foster care. I am dual heritage.

UKCP accredited

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We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.

Thomas Merton

what I can help with

attachment and trauma issues

anxiety and depression

addiction issues

loss, grief and bereavement

identity, sexuality and intimacy

mid-life, creative expression/stuckness

issues arising from adoption/fostering experience
(I am not Ofsted adoption registered)

types of therapy

core process

Core Process works with mindfulness to drop into the present, to notice with kindness and curiosity what’s happening now; the habits and landscape of present experience.

Working together in a kind, collaborative space this is a creative exploration using talking, movement, contact, dream work, nature, art, sound, ritual and imagination. We only go as fast the slowest part of you wants to go - which is why this type of approach is called depth psychology. The safe container of the therapeutic relationship can offer a mirror to explore attachment patterns from the past.

As awareness grows so then may our ability to make new choices, create lasting change and increase feelings of joy and happiness.

Core process brings together both ancient Buddhist psychologies and modern Western theories of attachment and pre and perinatal psychotherapies.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

sensorimotor

This psychotherapy developed by Dr Pat Ogden (Institute of Psychotherapy) draws upon both the wisdom of our bodies and present moment awareness within  the safely held space of a kind and welcoming therapeutic relationship. It draws upon current neuroscience to move away from the “story” of talking therapy to use the body/mind to track and create new patterns of movement for the body, mind and heart.

It is both gentle and dynamic and can be very helpful working with both childhood and adult traumas.

You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

where & how

Brighton

I see clients in person –  Carlton Hill Therapy rooms in central Brighton

Online – via video call

fees

£65 per session

Reduced fee places, subject to availability (for those on low income)

contact me

by phone: 07954 170028

by email: hello@sarahfrances.org

I look forward to hearing from you

resources

These are the therapy organisations where I trained. Their websites also have useful resources.

Karuna Institute: karuna-institute.co.uk

Institute of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org

Dr Andrea Juhan, Openfloor: openfloor.org