Francis Higgins

Francis Higgins


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07988903118

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Therapist - CARLISLE

CARLISLE CA3
07988903118
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

Subject to availability my appointments are Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 10am – 8pm.

I do not offer weekend appointments.

About me and my therapy practice

My name is Francis and my pronouns are he/him. I offer person-centred counselling for a range of issues, specialist bereavement counselling, LGBTQ+/ GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) and neurodiversity affirming counselling and HAES/IE informed counselling. I work online and via telephone throughout the UK and some other countries by individual arrangement.

My work is relational and trauma informed. I support people with many common issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, work-place bullying, mental health issues, childhood trauma, chronic illness, self-esteem and issues with identity, and also more specialised areas of bereavement, gender/sexuality, body image, LGBTQ issues and neurodivergence.

I have personal and professional experience of suicide bereavement and work with complex bereavements such as suicide, unexpected loss, and multiple bereavements.

I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and work with LGBTQ+ people. I am sex positive and kink, BDSM and polyamory friendly. I work from a Health at Every Size/(HAES) and Intuitive Eating (IE) informed approach with self-esteem, body image and healing from diet culture. I work with neurodivergent (ADHD/autistic) people and those who are exploring neurodivergent identity. As a transgender, neurodivergent and disabled person myself I have both personal and professional experience of many of the issues I help clients with.

I have experience of and enjoy working with other therapists and therapists-in-training. My qualifications and memberships are generally accepted by course providers.

Person-centred counselling is based on the belief that we all have an innate capacity for healing and that when we are struggling with life’s challenges a skilled, caring and facilitative counselling relationship can support us in this. Working from the person-centred model means that I will support your own healing journey rather than advise or analyse you. 

Practice description

I am based in Scotland and I currently offer online and telephone counselling throughout the UK and abroad (not all countries so please ask for details). I am flexible around how often, and how long you would like to come for counselling, I also welcome returning clients when I have availability. Appointments usually last for 60 minutes although if you have a special requirement, I may be able to be flexible. I can offer email or text-based counselling as an access requirement if other mediums do not work for you.

I do not work with LGBTQ+ clients in the greater Edinburgh area, in order to maintain privacy in a small community.

Finding the right therapist can be difficult, particularly for people with minority identities and is often about finding the right ‘fit’ of traits and personality in addition to qualifications. I understand how important this is so if my profile appeals then please get in touch. I am happy to answer any questions you may have either about person-centred counselling generally or what I can offer. I offer a free informal telephone/video consultation so you can find out more.

Please make your initial enquiry by email, text message or use the contact form - due to my own access needs I cannot guarantee to answer voicemails. 

My first session

Your first session with me will be a chance for you to begin to talk about the issues that are bringing you to counselling. I send out my paperwork beforehand so there is minimal paperwork during your appointment. I will then begin the process of listening to your story, to understand your unique experiences and learn how I can best support you.

I do my best to make sure you feel safe and supported so you can feel comfortable to share your personal information. You don't have to talk about anything that you don't want to. Particularly in first sessions you may need to get used to me and find out whether you feel safe to share sensitive issues, and I respect this. I offer a combination of deep supportive listening and therapy, as well as giving you information that might support your wellbeing such as advice around mental health. 

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling