Hi I’m Francesca

I am a chartered clinical psychologist dedicated to support all aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing. I believe that when it comes to our wellbeing, knowledge and understanding are key. My passion is to help you learn more about yourself, in order to empower and equip you with the skills, tools, strategies and insights to manage your mental health, find more enjoyment in life and gain confidence in navigating life’s challenges and hurdles.

My experience

I am an experienced clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS for over 10 years. In this time, I have worked across a variety of services and specialist areas and gathered a wealth of skills, understanding and knowledge in working with a range of mental health conditions, as well as supporting people of all walks of life through challenging and distressing life experiences. 

My previous roles have included working with the adult neurodevelopmental service at The Maudsley Hospital; a busy London CAMHS team; leading the specialist psychology service within the paediatric allergy department at The Evelina Children’s Hospital and I also worked at St Bartholomew’s Hospital managing staff support and family liaison for acute critical care and intensive care services.  

I currently work as part of a paediatric psychology team at Great Ormond Street Hospital specialising in the assessment and support of children with a range of health conditions, neurodevelopmental conditions, neurodisability and epilepsy. Alongside this I work part time for the University of Leeds as a manager for trainee clinical psychologists as I am passionate at supporting the new generation of psychologists and ensuring that as a profession, we are current, up to date and evolving with the changing times. 

I set up my private practice in 2018 as a way of helping more people benefit from psychological therapy and those for who for whatever reason are looking for support outside of the NHS.

How I can help you

First and foremost I pride myself on being a warm, creative and enthusiastic clinician and I hope that this helps to put you at ease and make what can sometimes seem like a daunting process, feel much more comfortable.

I offer assessments and psychological talking therapy for adults, children, teenagers and families.

My main areas of specialism are working with tweens and teens who are having a tricky time with their anxiety or mood, assessing and supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum and working with children who have physical health conditions or illness which then impacts on their wellbeing and self-esteem. I am particularly passionate about supporting young people with allergies, which in my opinion is an area not fully recognised and supported from a psychological perspective. 

My commitment to you is that therapy is tailored to meet personal need. By understanding your unique experiences and how this may drive current thinking and behaviours, we can then plan together for working towards meaningful change in the areas that are important to you.

I am fun and creative and like to use playful methods as a way of engaging children and making therapy accessible for everyone. You bring your story and I’ll bring evidence-based approaches alongside my years of training, and experience in the field of psychology. Together we’ll then start the journey towards your goals and a happier, healthier and more confident you. 

What people say...

“Thank you so much for all your help. Our daughter has changed so much since she started seeing you – she’s become more confident and much happier and just the fact she can go to sleep on her own is amazing.”

A little more about me

I grew up in the North East of England in the small fishing town of Whitby, famous for fish and chips and Dracula!

I completed my BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath, a beautiful city and an amazing place to visit if you haven’t been. I then moved to London, where I lived for 10 years and in that time completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey.

I love the capital, the fast pace of life and everything it has to offer; however I have recently made the move back north to the city of York. I have a well-established private practice in London and still regularly travel back and forth. I can therefore offer face to face sessions in London (Wimbledon) or York and nationwide via online video or phone consultations. 

As a teenager I was very anxious, however there wasn’t the support and recognition that there is today. As part of my practice I use these experiences of what helped for me, to better support you. 

When I’m not zipping up and down the east-coast main line for work, you’ll find me in my trainers exploring new running routes or in my wellington boots stomping through the countryside.  

Qualifications and Training 

  • BSc Psychology, First Class Honours, University of Bath- 2011
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey-2016