Cassandra Francis (Psychotherapy Intern)

Biography

Increasing our empowerment, agency, and awareness are significant goals to achieve. Cassandra believes that a healing journey begins with being heard, seen, and understood with an abundance amount of empathy. From here, self-growth and self-awareness are inevitable. 

 

Cassandra’s passion is working with those dealing with reintegration back into society. She acknowledges that there is a lot of trauma in reintegration for those who have been incarcerated, moved countries, fleeing home country, and in recovery. She is also passionate about emotion regulation, self-esteem, and resilience. 

 

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 existential 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. 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 live and appropriately and effective assist them on their healing journey. 

 

Cassandra has over four years and 4000 hours of experience working with individuals who have experienced intimate partner voice, grief, institutionalization, addiction(s), and other forms of trauma. She has always been interested in the process of recovery and integration. This interest began with being a Physiotherapist Assistant and recognizing how much an individual’s mental health affects the recovery process as a whole.

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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