Frances has been helping, teaching and inspiring her clients and students for over twenty years.  Her unique approach to personal and professional growth affirms that we are creative beings capable of  resolving life's problems - given the proper guidance and the desire to change.

During her career Frances has worked as an addictions counsellor; co-ordinated a government project addressing the issue of violence towards women; served as psychological consultant to a teen and seniors centre and guided hundreds of private clients on their journeys toward wellness and peace of mind.

She has conducted training for academic institutions, non-profit organizations and industry associations;  presented at international conferences; conducted therapy in an award-winning documentary with the National Film Board of Canada and served as a guest expert on PBS, Videotron and Global Television.

She continues to teach and learn and remains fascinated by our capacity to grow and change, regardless of past or present circumstances . Her services span the range from traditional to alternative therapies and are covered by most extended health insurance plans.  Summary of qualifications
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Summary of Qualifications

-Broad experience with a wide range of client issues including anxiety, depression, post -traumatic stress and addictions.  Twenty years’ experience delivering effective short and long - term psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. 

-Dynamic presenter and facilitator in subjects relating to psychology, behaviour, personal and professional growth. Excellent ability to communicate with diverse populations and age groups.  First guest expert to be invited for a return engagement on PBS Mountain Lake Television’s Health Exchange.

-Multi-dimensional approach to problem solving.  Pioneered and conducted innovative program for the Montreal Regional Health Board using intuition training as a tool to help counteract violence against senior women.  Presented project summary at Fourth Global Conference on Aging

-A commitment to personal and professional growth.   Accepted the challenge (despite initial hesitation) of providing live, on-screen therapy in recent award-winning National Film Board documentary.

Education
2006   Tobacco Addiction Specialist (in progress), NAADC, Patient Support I nternational

2005   Emotional Freedom Techniques’ Training ( in progress), Video Workshops

2002   TeleClass Leader Training Program, TeleClass.com 

1998   TESOL Teacher Training Certification, International TESOL Training , Ottawa,              Ontario 

1990   Master of Arts (Counseling Psychology)
  Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois

1981    Yoga Teacher’s Certification, Sivananda Yoga Centre, Val Morin, Quebec

1975   Bachelor of Arts
   Concordia University, Montreal Quebec

1969    Teaching Diploma
    Macdonald College of McGill University
    St. Anne de Bellevue, Québec


Professional Experience in Psychotherapy and Training

2004-2005
Substance Abuse Counsellor, Clearhaven Center, Chertsy, Quebec
Create and present psycho-educational programming, counsel clients at residential treatment center

1985-present
Private Practice in Psychotherapy, Montreal, Quebec  
Short and long term psychotherapy with adults and teens

1985-present
Presenter and Trainer, LifeCounselling Services, Montreal/West Island     
Create and present programs to meet unique needs of medical, professional and educational organizations.  Topics include emotional intelligence, stress management, anger management, assertiveness skills for women, behaviour, family dynamics, performance enhancement and communication skills training
          
1997-present
Psychological Consultant, Contactivity Seniors Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Individual counselling with seniors regarding issues of loss; creation and presentation of workshops on assertiveness and stress management; intuition training for safety and self efficacy

1998-2000
Project Coordinator, Montreal Regional Health Board, Quebec
Curriculum development, teaching, needs assessment, multi-media presentation and design for this 3-year project aimed at countering violence toward senior women  

1997-1998
Consultant and Staff Trainer, Project 10, Montreal, Quebec                     
Staff training, supervision of university students doing internships at resource center for youth and their families

           
Professional Experience in Teaching and Training

1985-1990
Teacher of Stress Management, John Abbott College,
St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

1978-1985
Teacher and Supervisor of Patient Education, Shriners’ Hospital,
Montreal, Quebec
Taught students, trained university student-volunteers, supervised teaching staff, participated in multidisciplinary rounds regarding patients’ educational and psycho-social problems and treatment plans.

1977-1978
Elementary Teacher, grades 6 and 7,
United Talmud Torah Elementary School, Montreal, Quebec

1969-1973
Elementary Teacher, Grades 5 and 6,
School Board of Greater St. Martin, Montreal, Quebec


Recent Accomplishments
Solo, 60 minute documentary, National Film Board of Canada, 2003
Live on-screen therapy in award-winning documentary with client/director, Atif Siddiqi, counselling him to overcome fear of intimacy, trust himself and find love.

This Morning Live, Global Television, 2003
Interview about workshop series, “The Sandwich Generation.”

Health Exchange, Mountain Lake PBS Television, 2002
Guest expert on hour-long program “Managing Anger”

Health Exchange, Mountain Lake PBS Television, 2002
Guest expert on hour-long program “Your Aging Parents”.

Fourth Global Conference on Aging, 1999
Presenter: “Countering Violence Against Senior Women”  

Longevity and Self-Esteem, 50 Plus, Videotron Television, 1998
Guest panelist with McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement


Hobbies
Digital photography, nature, web design, writing, sculpting, kayaking


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



 




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