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Welcome to Frances Brown Counselling

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COUNSELLING FOR INDIVIDUALS

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
- Marianne Williamson

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Family Counselling

“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
–Virginia Satir

Discover the life, love and relationships you want

Couple and Marriage Counselling

When love hurts and emotional connection is frayed, you know how desperate it feels.  Every day I help couples in distress discover how to move toward each other instead of inadvertently creating road blocks to intimacy and happiness.   Drawing on the highly successful therapeutic road map to loving connection, the EFT -Emotionally Focused Therapy approach,  I will help you and your partner rediscover and deepen the bond of  loving connection.

In Stage 1, I help partners to slow down the painful dance and see  it,  rather than each other, as the problem. As you begin  to recognize and understand emotional triggers that set the pattern in motion,  you will discover how to calm the negative dance and begin to see a deeper, more reassuring reality.

In the second stage of therapy, partners discover new ways to communicate.  You become more attuned to each other’s needs and  a begin to discover a new more loving dance that creates safety and strengthens your attachment  bond.   The emotional safety you create together paves the way for love and passion to kindle and grow.

Stage 3 of  EFT  is about consolidating your gains.  This means that if you find yourselves caught in your old dance, you soon remember how to find your back to each other.  The old feelings of confusion, fear,  anxiety and helplessness that you could somehow lose each other begin to fade.  Instead you experience feelings of security and  relaxation as you realize you now have a reliable map to each other’s heart.

Counselling  for Individuals

Do you feel stuck in sadness, fear, discouragement or loneliness?  To me, it is as if our inner wise self was waving a flag, calling us to attention. As young people, we often learn to cope with family dynamics by putting aside some of our authentic feelings and needs and adopting a mask of acceptability.  In the process, we develop limiting self-beliefs, designed to keep us safe, that can leave us as adults, feeling stuck and struggling. The behaviours we adopt to try and cope with pain, such as addiction, affairs, distancing, blaming, criticism of self and others, offer us a temporary fix but ironically ends up perpetuating our upset.  In my years of counselling experience, exploring pain rather than trying to avoid it is the route to a life of new possibilities and greater happiness.

My own personal growth has always been an important and valued part of my life  and  I understand and appreciate the courage it can take to make the first call.  Creating a non-judgmental, caring and responsive environment that deeply supports you is my first consideration. With collaborative counselling you can change your life starting now.

In our first appointment together we will begin to explore your issues, clarify what you are hoping for and consider a plan using therapeutic approaches tailored to your unique individual needs.

For a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation or to book an in-person or on-line Skype appointment:

Phone:  604.219.2690              Email:   info@franbrowncounselling.com

 

Serving clients in Vancouver, the North Shore, Bowen Island, the Sunshine Coast, Squamish, Burnaby & New Westminster

About Frances Brown
Areas of Practice
What my clients say
Featured Articles
I appreciate your calm and caring energy.
M.R.
My wife and I are finally moving forward together.
C.B
I have learned so much and will be forever grateful to Fran for guiding me through this journey.
J.D
We have had a very positive experience and will be seeing Fran again.  It helped us as my husband is moving back in with me tomorrow.
S.H
My Philosophy
Therapeutic Approach
Fran’s counselling style always starts with listening from the heart. She draws on numerous approaches including the following.
  • Bowen Family Systems Theory
    Psychiatrist Dr. Murray Bowen suggests that the solution to...
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  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an action-based short-term, therapy...
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  • Transpersonal Psychology
    Have you ever asked yourself while in the midst of a painful personal crisis, “Is this all there is”?...
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  • Nonviolent
    “Time and again, people transcend the paralyzing effects of psychological pain...
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  • Re-evaluation
    Re-evaluation Counselling or Co-Counselling is a form of peer counselling...
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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

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