Francesca Lucas

Creative Child Counsellor

Francesca is a Creative Child Counsellor at the London Children’s Practice. She obtained a degree in Sociology and Philosophy (BS) from Oxford Brooke’s University before her post graduate studies at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in Child Counselling. These experiences have led to her professional membership with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Francesca supports children and young people—in both school and clinical settings across London— from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds with their feelings, worries, and past traumas. So far, her areas of experience have primarily focused on self esteem, loss, anxiety and stress.  Francesca takes a systemic approach in her assessment of each client: meeting with parents, schools, and teachers to deepen her understanding of the wider world her client is part of. As well as her therapeutic work, Francesca has over six years of teaching experience in schools and private settings, complimenting her experience as a significant educator.

Francesca takes a a Child-centered and integrative approach in her therapeutic work to develop a safe and trusting relationship with the children in her care. An integrative approach allows Francesca to tailor interventions based on each child’s unique needs. Creative arts and play based mediums— sand trays, puppets, drawing, and painting—eases children when exploring and expressing their inner thoughts and feelings. These creative outlets can be used alone or in combination with a traditional “talking therapy” approach. Whatever the children’s preference, Francesca’s aim is to support and navigate ways for the child to cope well with their experiences and emotions. Francesca has a special interest in Attachment Focused Therapy and Neuroscience; both continue to inform her practice.

In Francesca’s spare time she enjoys being out in nature, cooking, visiting museums and meeting with friends and family.