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About me

AchievingGoals...Now! is a private practice providing help and guidance to help you achieve your goals on a personal as well as a business level.

My knowledge and experience in Coaching (future), Counselling (here and now) and Psychotherapy (past) will help you so that we can look at long- and short term goals that you want to achieve in the future. Looking at the here and now, we evaluate what changes we need to take place and what strategies we need to apply in order to achieve those goals. During this process we will discover whether there are any past experiences holding you back to achieve these goals to focus on first.

I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Executive Coach working in the centre of Cheltenham (parking available), providing help and guidance to adults, children, teenagers and families. I use a variety of proven approaches to help you, your child or your family to achieve success.

With 34 years of experience, I take great care to consider your specific needs to establish the best approach and support to help you with various issues such as anxiety, depression, anger management, traumatic experiences, self-esteem issues, decision making problems and many more.

I am an expert in helping adults to achieve their goals - whether it is in a business setting or personal. I am an external Counsellor for Occupational Health at the Gloucestershire County Council where I coach people with various occupations helping them with work related stress, management problems and performance enhancement. I am consulting and guiding Head Teachers through reflective practice, helping them to manage their school effectively.

I follow an integrative approach making use of the following skills:

  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Time Line Therapy (TM)
  • Hypnosis
  • Brain Spotting (BSP) - an intensive mindfulness technique treating trauma and critical incidents
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - accredited with the BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)
  • Individual Counselling
  • Psychotherapy for children, teenagers and adults
  • Family Coaching
  • Mediation
  • Coaching

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Master's Degree in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I also have a degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences and Criminology. I have a Certificate in Child- and Play Therapy, a Certificate in Family and Divorce Mediation and a Certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy(TM) and Hypnosis and am a qualified practitioner of Brainspotting (BSP). I engage in Continued Professional Development.

I am an accredited therapist with the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive therapies (BABCP) and adhere to their code of ethics and practice. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I am a full member of Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP) and an associate member of the British Association for Play Therapists (BAPT). I am a member of the American Boards of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP), Hypnotherapy (ABH) and the Time Line Therapy(TM) Association (TLTATM).

I have an advanced CRB check and trained to work with child protection issues and was registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC).

I have experience in counselling and coaching adults, children and families since 1986 and have worked in a variety of medical, voluntary and local authority sectors.

My office is in the centre of Cheltenham with easy access from the M5 and the A40. Calderwood House is situated in a beautiful area of Cheltenham and is situated in such a way that clients can access therapy in a confidential setting. There are visitors parking available on the premises.


Additional information

Please see website for more information, or contact me to discuss,

When I work

My usual business hours are from 9am - 7pm.

However, I do offer flexible appointments and other time frames can be discussed.

Further information

Various methods are used according to each individual's specific need, e.g. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), BSP (Brainspotting), NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, , Timeline therapyTM), Counselling, Family Therapy, Life- and Executive Coaching.

I have a special interest in sports performance and helping people overcome a mental block to enhance their overall performance.

Franeen McDonald is also registered with Counselling Directory.

Calderwood House, 7 Montpellier Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1UA

Type of session

In person

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