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Franeen McDonald has a Master's Degree in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). She also has a degree in Psychology and Social Work with Sociology and Criminology, a Certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy ™ and Hypnosis,  a Certificate in Family and Divorce Mediation, a Certificate in Child- and Play Therapy, and is qualified in Brainspotting. She did various post graduate courses in Child and Family Counselling and engages in Continued Professional Development. 

As a accredited member of the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP), she adheres to their code of ethics and practice. She has an advanced CRB check and trained to work with child protection issues.

She has experience in counselling children and families since 1986 and has worked in a variety of medical, voluntary and local authority sectors. She has set up her Private Practice, AchievingGoals…Now!, in 2005. Prior to this she had her own very successful private practice as a Coach and Psychotherapist in South Africa. She currently consults many private clients for psychotherapy and coaching at her office in Cheltenham, as well as various schools in Gloucestershire.

Franeen is also employed as an External Counsellor for Occupational Health at Gloucestershire's County Council and Nuffield Health.


Member of the following bodies:

Accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP)
British Association for Play Therapists (BAPT)
American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)
American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
American Time Line Therapy(TM) Association (TLTA(TM))
Association for Brainspotting Practitioners (BSPUK)


  • To help clients make lasting changes in all areas of life
  • To make use of all my expertise to establish the appropriate support and help for you as an individual
  • To guide you into making the right choices in reponding to difficult situations in your life
  • To offer a non-judgmental environment and to treat all information in strict confidence
  • To be open and honest with clients
  • To help you understand why you feel the way you do and to give you space to find your own way forward
  • To help you achieve your goals in your personal life, at work and with your family
  • To work collaboratively towards achieving your goals