Expertise and Experience
Dr Frankie Harrison is a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care professions council (HCPC) and is a member of the British Psychological Society, including the Faculty of Psychology of Older People and the Faculty of Perinatal Psychology. She has experience of working in the NHS, social care and for charitable organisations and works with adults, young people and children with a range of common, severe and enduring mental health problems.
Dr Harrison currently works for Serendipity Psychology and support adults, children and young people through individual, couples and family therapy. As well as a wide-ranging experience in working with conditions such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, Dr Harrison has experience of working with people with a range of other mental health issues such as anxiety conditions including: obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); health anxiety; phobias; panic disorder; and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
In addition to her experience in independent practice, Dr Harrison has also developed several specialist interests through her varied professional experiences, for example, in working with adults and older adults with neurological problems who may benefit from neurorehabilitation services, cognitive assessment and memory assessment. She has worked with children and families in community mental health teams and in paediatric services, including those who may be struggling with attachment difficulties and early developmental trauma. She also has a keen interest in working with parents through the perinatal period and beyond, for example, with parents who may have encountered trauma associated with birth or through neonatal unit intervention.
Dr Harrison was previously employed as a senior clinical psychologist within a charitable organisation working on hospital wards with people with dementia, HD, brain injury, functional (medically unexplained) symptoms and other neurological issues. She also worked with older adults with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD and personality disorder and the staff and families who supported these individuals. Within this role, she carried out cognitive assessments and complex neurological assessments, as well as providing specialised formulations, interventions and training. She has also worked with care homes to support those with behaviours that challenge in dementia.
Dr Harrison utilises a number of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Thereapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). She has further trained in ACT for trauma, RAID (a positive approach to working with behaviours that challenge), and dementia care mapping to help implement person-centred care in care homes or hospital environments that support individuals with dementia. Dr Harrison’s approach is one of person-centered care, working with the individual to formulate the best way of working collaboratively and integratively, in a way that will support them to reach their own goals.
Dr Harrison also provides supervision for Psychologists in training, assistant psychologists, and clinical psychologists. She has worked with the University of Birmingham to develop training to deliver on their Psychology course, as well as developing training for the BPS on working with behaviours that challenge.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy; University of Leicester)
Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Interventions (CBT), University of Birmingham
Bachelor of Sciences (hons) in Psychology (BA (hons); University of Leeds)
Professional Registrations & Memberships
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP)
Faculty of Perinatal Psychology (FPP)
Main Therapeutic Approaches & Relevant CPD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; including further training in ACT for trauma)
RAID Trainer (reinforce appropriate, implode disruptive) for behaviour that challenges.
Dementia Care Mapping
For more information, and to book a consultation with Dr Harrison, please contact Serendipity Psychology today. Whether you are looking for individual therapy, couples therapy or family therapy, Serendipity Psychology can assist you today – offering online & face-to-face sessions.