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, depression, grief, self-esteem concerns, identity concerns, interpersonal conflict, and chronic pain. She acknowledges how overwhelming and challenging life can be. Cassandra is passionate about supporting individuals in developing skills of emotion understanding, emotion regulation, healthy self-esteem, and resilience. Cassandra’s 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. 

 

Cassandra primarily works with Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and incorporates a Trauma-Informed approach, and an Anti-Oppressive/ strength-based approach through a culturally sensitive lens. As a trauma-informed yoga clinician, Cassandra 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 five years and 4000 hours of experience working with individuals who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem concerns, identity concerns, interpersonal conflict, chronic pain, and more. She has always been interested in the process of recovery and integration. 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
Adler University
Vancouver, BC
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON
Certifications
  • Hospice Training Program
    • Circle of Care
  • Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
    • Crisis Prevention Institute
  • Torture, Trauma, Psychosocial Impact and Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of War and Torture Survivors
    • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
    • Adler University
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
    • Yoga Outreach
  • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Adler University
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals
    • PESI
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Crisis Skills
    • Lifted Counselling and Consulting
  • Complex Trauma
    • Leading Edge Seminar, University of Toronto
  • Loss and Grief
    • Leading Edge Seminar, University of Toronto
Specialty Interests
  • Reintegration/Life Transitions
  • Identity concerns
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem/ Self- Worth 
  • Emotion Regulation 
  • Grieving/ Anticipated Grief 
  • Interpersonal Conflict
Professional Memberships

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Professional Student Member

 

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

RP (Qualifying) Candidate

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