Cassandra Francis (Psychotherapy Intern)

Biography

Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you constantly worrying about what you have to do next? Are you having difficulties believing in yourself? Do you feel like you are stuck in life? Cassandra has found that these are common concerns that clients experience before accessing psychotherapy.

Cassandra will work with you, at your own pace, to increase your awareness and agency. Cassandra believes that the psychotherapy journey begins with being heard, seen, understood, and accepted. From here, self-growth, self-acceptance, and self-awareness are inevitable.

Cassandra’s passion is working with individuals’ experiencing stress, anxiety, perfectionism, depression, self-doubt, and interpersonal conflict. She acknowledges how overwhelming and challenging life can be. Cassandra is passionate about supporting individuals in developing skills of emotion regulation, healthy self-esteem, and resilience. Her goal is to work with clients to explore the root of their concerns and support them in developing a plan to overcome the challenges they experience.

Currently, Cassandra is studying her Masters of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her theoretical background is of an evidence-based humanistic and experiential perspective. She primarily works with Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and incorporates Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Informed approach, and an Anti-Oppressive/ strength-based approach through a culturally sensitive lens. As a trauma-informed yoga clinician, she incorporates mindfulness into her practice. Cassandra believes it is vital to gain a holistic picture of her client, to be able to meet them where they are at in their life and appropriately and effectively assist them on their healing journey.

Cassandra’s interest in Psychotherapy began while working as a Physiotherapist Assistant. She recognized how much an individual’s mental health impacts their physical health and overall well-being. Cassandra has over four years and 4000 hours of experience working with individuals who have experienced stress, anxiety, perfectionism, depression, self-doubt, interpersonal conflict, grief, and addiction(s). Cassandra believes that everyone has the ability to expand their well-being, and is here to support you along the way.

Education/Training
Master of Counselling Psychology (in progress)
Adler University
Vancouver, BC
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON
Certifications
  • Workers Health and Safety Awareness (WHSA)
  • Accessible Customer Service Policy and Training (AODA)
  • Hospice 30-hour Training Program
  • Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
  • Torture, Trauma, Psychosocial Impact and Mental Health: Meeting the Needs Of War and Torture Survivors
  • Child Abuse Training
  • Naloxone Training
  • LGBTQ Youth Homelessness 101
  • Canadian Red Cross Training: Emergency First Aid & CPR
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
  • Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Course on Research Ethics (TCPS 2: CORE)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
    • in progress
Specialty Interests
  • Reintegration/Life Transitions
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem/ Self- Worth 
  • Emotion Regulation 
  • Grieving/ Anticipated Grief 
  • Anger Management 
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Couples Conflict 
  • Addictions
Professional Memberships

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

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