Fran Patrick

Hello, I’m Fran.

I provide therapy which is non-judgmental, encouraging and compassionate, to support you in meeting life’s difficulties. Counselling offers an accepting and confidential space where you can talk about your worries and explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

Meeting at a dedicated, regular time, we work collaboratively to enhance understanding and gain further insight about your life. People find that this leads to a sense of clarity about recurring patterns of behaviour, where you have felt stuck, or feeling lacking in confidence. Through this greater sense of awareness, it is possible to make changes that help you to cope or to take decisions that will enable you to live differently.

My core approach is psychodynamic counselling. I work at depth and with care, illuminating past experiences and responses in order to understand more fully how individuals operate in the world now. Therapy provides the right conditions (time and space and importantly, a good therapeutic relationship) for people to uncover aspects of themselves that they feel they would like to inhabit more, as well as becoming more at ease with those aspects they have disliked. My practice is influenced by Compassion-Focussed therapy and I believe it is through a deeper understanding as well as a genuine acceptance of self that change can occur.

I have experience supporting people through a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, abuse, loss, identity problems, sexuality and relationship matters. I offer short- or longer-term therapy and work remotely as well as from Cambridge Counselling Service.

I also offer supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and others working in caring professions.

Fran Patrick - background

I have worked with clients in a variety of settings, including in private practice, in schools, charities (The Cogwheel Trust and Centre 33) and, for nearly eight years, with students at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service.

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Cambridge (2011). This training was accredited by the BACP. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) (2004) and I have a Diploma in Supervision of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Accred. Institute for Individual Psychology) (2019). I am a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework.