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Psychological Assessment Services

Need a psychological assessment to take medication or to start cosmetic surgery?

Psychological assessment services

Medication & prescriptions

I accept psychological assessment referrals from dermatologists and other medical professionals, to ascertain the risk to individuals of prescribing medication with known mental health side-effects (e.g. Roaccutane / Accutane for the treatment of acne)

Cosmetic surgery

I accept psychological assessment referrals from medical professionals to ascertain the risk to individuals considering cosmetic surgery

Book a psychological assessment

Get in touch through my contact form to book a psychological assessment or to find out more.

Medical professionals may also want to reach out to me on LinkedIn to discuss your needs.

I look forward to working with you!

Thank-you notes

"Dr Francesca was very friendly and professional and my dermatologist was satisfied with the detailed psychological assessment she provided"

“Very welcoming. Made me feel comfortable instantly. Would definitely recommend...”

“Very helpful and professional!”

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“I will always be with you… and care for you”

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08 March 2024

The word compassion comes from ‘com’ (with) and ‘passion’ (suffer). It means to suffer together. Nonetheless, compassion goes beyond just suffering as it involves accepting suffering and wanting to help. As described by Prof. Paul Gilbert (Gilbert et al., 2014), compassion involves two parts engagement (turning toward pain and suffering) and alleviation (taking action to relieve pain and suffering).

Although our brains evolved to care for our own well-being and that of others, often we really struggle with self-care, especially when we experience traumatic events early in life. As we know, the interaction between caregiver and new-born is crucial in the development of compassion and self-compassion. We are born with certain genes (given by our parents) and they are ‘modified’ by the environment around us (as epigenetic research is teaching us). For instance, if someone has not been able to experience emotional attunement with their caregiver, they will find it difficult to experience and recognise these emotions in others. In therapy, the presence of a compassionate therapist, who is able to recognise the emotional states of the patient, will at first activate threat, fear and avoidance in the patient who is not used to this experience.

In Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT), the use of the mirror helps the patient-therapist to be aware of the emotional relationship patients have with themselves; it is like the patients are naked in front of their own shame, disgusted and they are exposed at the same time to the gaze of the therapist who recognises that emotion but reflects back care and acceptance, in a word, ‘compassion.’

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Snow and mindfulness

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09 March 2023

I love the snow! It inevitably changes things around us (including transport issues!) and I like to notice them. You can try to do this practice (one, some or all of the six steps listed below) by going outside or by sitting/standing by your window:


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Being me feels like...

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30 September 2022

I asked one of my clients to describe how they see themself. After a long sigh, they explained that it was simply too hard to describe the nothingness and shapelessness they see. ‘The only word I can think of is …frazzled.’

‘Sounds frightening,’ I said and we continued exploring this theme.

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