A natural approach to emotional health...

Gloucestershire Counselling & Psychotherapy Care
for Emotional, Relational, Family and Work Difficulties…


Beverly Franks Counselling and Psychotherapy
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor
BUPA Registered



The issues I work with are:-

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem, Self Worth, Self Image
  • Grief, Loss, Bereavement, and Traumatic Bereavement
  • Difficulty in Relationships
  • Emotional Neglect
  • Trauma
  • Work Related Issues


From time to time we all experience overwhelm, worries, challenges and stress. This is where I can help, as a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist Counsellor, I offer a nurturing and supportive relationship that is non-judgemental, honest and empathic. By helping you to find a way through your difficulties and anxieties, giving you clarification and resolution.

I have specific experience and a genuine desire to work with people who have experienced traumatic bereavement and loss, either in early life or subsequently. As well as bereavement I’m interested in exploring issues of emotional neglect, life transitions, spirituality and religion.

I also offer a service of support to pregnant women and nursing mothers; believing that the early emotional bond between Mother and Child is of paramount importance to future emotional health. I have a particular concern for the identity-issues that arise related to twins and multiple births.

Following a three-year course in Somatic Experiencing ® I integrate talking therapy with nervous system regulation to encourage a natural resolution to trauma and life difficulties. I am excited by this way of working, as in my experience it is able to unlock stuckness and works at a deeper level than talking therapy alone can do.

First introductory meeting £50

90 Minute Introductory Session, giving you a chance to ask questions, and begin exploring what has brought you to counselling.

Following sessions £50

Following this initial meeting, should you decide to work with me, counselling sessions would be for 50 minutes and are usually structured on a weekly basis.

Agency work fees £70

I charge £70 for specialist, contracted, agency work.


What to expect from my Introductory Meeting?

Often people have conflicting push/pull feelings about embarking on therapy. They are unsure as to whether it is therapy they need or something entirely different. Many are bewildered by the wide – range of therapies on offer and what would be the best approach for them. Frequently people are concerned as to whether they will ‘get on’ with the therapist.

All these thoughts and feelings are natural when you are considering investing your time, money and attention to something new and as important as understanding yourself better. As much as we may want our situation to change there is also something comfortable about the circumstances we know.

I am mindful of this ‘pre-therapy’ state and try to make this transition as easy as possible for you. I, therefore, offer an introductory interview of 90 minutes for £50; where we can explore together any questions you might have about the process. We can also get  a sense of whether we would be comfortable working together.  I am committed to supporting you to find what would work best for you. I have a network of colleagues with expertise and many different supporting capacities.  If what you need doesn’t align with what I can provide I can discuss alternative possibilities with you.

I work solely with adults aged 18 onwards from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and faith communities.

At the heart of my therapeutic practice is my belief that every person is born with the capacity to lead a rich and fulfilling life and a natural inbuilt ability to heal...

How I work… a natural approach to emotional health!

My approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy is informed by a wide range of therapeutic theories and styles, which have simultaneously nudged me into a process of self-awareness and healing. As a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor, my initial training was an integrated model that brought together Transpersonal, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Existential Psychology. My work is influenced by Attachment theory (early relational patterns), Karl Jung, Dream work, Somatic Experiencing®, Spirituality (Our natural authentic connection to wonder and life energy) Mindfulness and Play therapy.

At the heart of my therapeutic practice is my belief that every person is born with the capacity to lead a rich and fulfilling life and a natural inbuilt ability to heal. I believe that personal struggles, difficulties, crises, and breakdowns have a useful purpose in that they can point the way to change, growth and personal unfolding.

I work collaboratively with you to explore a wide range of emotional and relational issues. Some people come because they know what is troubling them and others because they feel lost or that something is missing. Many just want to understand themselves better or are looking for meaning and purpose in their lives.

My intention is to provide a safe, dependable and confidential environment from which you feel safe to explore any issues that may be concerning you.

I offer a nurturing and supportive relationship that is non- judgemental, honest and empathic.

I aspire to be an attuned presence that enables all aspects of you to be seen and heard.  I believe the therapeutic relationship is unique and how we relate together is all part of the process of deepening understanding in relationships.


Trauma and Somatic Experiencing®

The field of trauma therapy is evolving rapidly with new learning from recent developments in neuroscientific research (study of the nervous system) being added all the time. It is an exciting time to be a trauma therapist as the new research is developing our understanding of how to work with the integration of body and mind to bring about healthy resolution to trauma. Following on from the research new perspectives and definitions abound so that it is quite difficult to give an actual definition of what trauma is. You can find just about everything you need to know about trauma on David Baldwin’s award-winning trauma pages.

Raja Selvam gives a good understanding of the type of situations that can traumatise us in his excellent article, ‘Trauma, Body, Energy and Spirituality’.

Bringing the mind and body together...

The experience of trauma is universal…

‘The experience of trauma is universal. Any number of situations, happening singly or repeatedly over a prolonged period, can traumatise us. Apparently simple incidents, such as falls and routine medical procedures, can leave us just as traumatised as physical or sexual abuse. Early in our lives, when our brains and bodies are less developed to cope with stress, we are more susceptible to trauma. Children who experience a difficult birth, medical procedures, or emotional intrusion, abandonment, or neglect may become much traumatised, impeding their ability to cope with stressful situations later on in their lives’. Raja Selvam

Physiological reaction to the event...

It’s probably more beneficial to be aware that Trauma is not so much about the event or the facts of the event but is more about an individual’s physiological reaction to the event, how they experience it. Trauma is thought to be a fact of life and therefore can happen to anyone. Most people have at some time in their life had experiences where they have felt threatened.

What traumatises or makes one person feel threatened might not necessarily traumatise another. Physical, Emotional and Relationship pain very often have trauma as an underlying issue and the symptoms are probably easier to identify and understand than what is actually happening physiologically. You might be surprised to know that symptoms such as depression, high and persistent anxiety, sleep difficulties, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, numbness, unmanageable feelings of anger and fear, disassociation or a feeling of disconnection and continual overwhelm by certain emotions and situations tend to be how trauma manifests itself in everyday life.

Trauma manifests in us physiologically...

Because trauma manifests in us physiologically and involves the evolutionary older part of the brain it requires a mind/ body approach to bring about healing and not talking therapy alone. Somatic Experiencing® developed by Dr Peter Levine PHD is one of the mind- body psychotherapy systems that have been developed to heal such traumatic experiences.

You can read about Somatic Experiencing® here: www.traumahealing.org or in Peter Levine’s bestselling books: Waking the Tiger: 1997, In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness 2010, Trauma and Memory: 2015.

There is also a short YouTube video featuring Peter Levine. Peter uses his famous “Slinky” presentation to demonstrate the effects of trauma on the nervous system, and his philosophy of treating trauma; which involves slowly releasing (or titrating) this compressed fight-or-flight energy a bit at a time to give the individual the ability to reintegrate it back into their nervous system.

Training, qualifications and experience…

I have 16 years experience in therapeutic work gained whilst working with adults, teens and children. I now work solely with adults.

Prior to moving to Gloucestershire, I had a successful Private Practice in London taking referrals from insurance companies, Employee Assistant programmes, Church internship programme and self-referrals. I was employed with Grief Encounter Project, a leading Child Bereavement Charity in London as a Clinical Services Manager, Bereavement Workshop Facilitator, Play Therapist and Trainer into schools on Bereavement. I have gained experience working in charities for Cruse Bereavement Care, Mind in Barnet Mental Health, and the Place2be.

My intention is to provide a safe, dependable and confidential environment from which you feel safe to explore any issues that may be concerning you.

  • Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy. ( 4 Year Course)
    CCPE, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education London W1
    Diploma Project: Transformation through loss.
    Exploring through an experiential group the changes in relation to self, others, faith and belief following loss and bereavement.


  • Foundation Certificate Fundamentals of Counselling & Psychotherapy
    CCPE, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education London W1


  • Understanding and applying DSMIV (One Year Course)
    CCPE, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education London W1



Since qualifying as a psychotherapist in 2003 I have met the requirements for Continued Professional Development as laid out by my professional body UKCP.
Significant short courses and day courses...
  • Short course in Attachment (10 Week Course) – Bowlby Centre, London
  • Two three-day courses on Treating Trauma with Adults and Children – SOS Internationale
  • Place2Be training over one year on Working with Children Through Play
  • Facilitating groups (3 Day Training) – Child Bereavement Charity
  • Basic Sexuality (8 Week Course) – Spectrum
  • Professional Training Developmental Group. (2 Years) – CCPE. Learning T’ai Chi and discussing the learning in a developmental group of 10 people.
  • Understanding Bereavement and Bereavement Care (10 Week Course) – Hillingdon Cruse.
  • Short day courses on topics including Child Development, Ageing, Spirituality, Addiction, Trauma and Bereavement – various counselling and psychotherapy centres.

Lets talk…

Contact Me
to make an Appointment

Call me on:

07821 691 728

Where to find Gloucestershire Counselling & Psychotherapy Care?

Beverly Franks
Gloucestershire Counselling & Psychotherapy Care
Stonehouse GL10 3RW

My consulting room is in a lovely location next to the Stroudwater Canal, easily accessible from Stonehouse, Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Bath and The Cotswolds.

  • Approximately 1 mile from Junction 13 of the M5  –  Parking is free and plentiful.
  • 5 min walk from nearest bus stop.
  • 20 min walk from Stonehouse Rail Station.

The room is a self-contained annexe with a separate entrance and attached bathroom facilities.

There is no waiting room to the property so you will need to arrive for your session at the agreed appointment time. There is a Starbucks Café on the Services roundabout on the A419 – 2 mins drive from the consulting room.

Alternatively, there is a café in Bonds Mill open 9am-3pm – 10 min walk down the canal to the left of the property towards Stroud.

Beverly Franks - Gloucestershire Counselling & Psychotherapy Care

Beverly Franks – Gloucestershire Counselling & Psychotherapy Care