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Frances Brown, M.Ed.,
Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) & #2159 & Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) #2045

Fran is a relationship specialist who brings a wealth of experience and training to her practice working with couples and individuals. Known for her warmth and compassion, her genuinely nonjudgmental acceptance of each unique individual enables her clients to open up and share their concerns without fear..

Fran is able to quickly grasp her client’s life context, with sensitivity to familial, gender and cultural influences as she works with diverse client populations. Her natural ability to work with emotions helps clients explore their challenges together. She helps them to better understand themselves and to find pathways to well-being and healthy relationships.

Fran brings over 30 years of experience in the counselling field as a teacher and co-counselor in Re-Evaluation Counselling. In 2008 she graduated from Clearmind International Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, completing studies that included Bowen Family Systems, Gestalt, Carl Rogers, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and others.

Fran recognizes the importance of ongoing training for all clinicians and continues to upgrade her training. Over the past 10 years, she has focused primarily on becoming a skilled practitioner of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), an approach to marriage and couples counselling that Fran is particularly passionate about. She has first-hand experience with the kind of positive results that studies, completed by originator, Dr. Sue Johnson, and others demonstrate.

Prior to becoming a professional counsellor, Fran worked for many years as a teacher in Special Education both in Hartford, Connecticut and for the North Vancouver School Board.

Fran’s therapeutic plan with each couple and individual is drawn from a variety of approaches and is tailored to each person’s unique issues and life experiences.

To create a therapeutic environment where each client feels safe, supported and understood is of the deepest important to Fran.

Therapeutic Approaches include:

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)

When our most significant relationship is in trouble, our general wellbeing is affected. We may begin to cope with our pain in ways that actually increase our relationship distress. Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), a short-term approach, can help you connect with your feelings and needs so that you can change your patterns of communication and feel more secure in your life and relationship.

You will be guided through a three stage, attachment-based roadmap to change that was developed in the 1980s by leading Canadian psychologists and researchers Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg.

EFT, a proven approach, is currently used in private practices, hospital clinics, and training centers throughout the world, helping in the creation of secure, lasting bonds in significant relationships between intimate partners and family members.

Family of Origin Counselling – Bowen Family Systems

Family of Origin Counselling can help you explore how your family background affects your current life and to make the changes you want.

When we encounter difficulties in our lives, we often look for something about ourselves or our loved ones to blame as the cause of the problem.

Bowen Family Systems offers a systemic approach that helps us to see the problem from a larger perspective. From a Family Systems perspective, our current relationship dilemma may be part of a repeating pattern of family dynamics, passed down by previous generations and learned while growing up in our own family. Shifting our perception can make a significant difference as it can help us move beyond blame to a more compassionate and nonjudgmental view of ourselves.

Becoming aware of our own role in a repeating pattern opens the door for something new to enter. By choosing a different response in the middle of our dilemma we can begin to create the kind of life experience we want to have.

ACIM – A Course in Miracles

A Miracle in ACIM is a shift in perception.

The Course is a daily practice that can help you shift your perspective from distress to a new possibility. According to the Course, it is a revolutionary way of thinking. Rather than having to continually repeat the pain of our past, we can learn to open ourselves to the possibility of infinite joy, which is available to us in every moment.

Nonviolent Communication – NVC

The work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication is based on the principles of nonviolence – the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart, according to Dr. Rosenberg.

It is both a practice to be learned and a perspective to be guided by.

People who practice NVC have experienced greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and peaceful conflict resolution. The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication - The work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg can be accessed at www.cnvc.org

Re-evaluation Counselling – Co-Counselling

RC is a theory and practice that can help you recover more fully your natural enjoyment and zest in life, and increase your capacity to resolve old, perplexing issues in your life.

Re-evaluation Co-counselling Theory assumes that everyone is born with tremendous flexible intelligence, a natural feeling of zest, and an inherent ability to be affectionate and cooperative.

However it concludes that much of our inherent nature becomes blocked and obscured in adults as a result of how we have been hurt both physically and emotionally in our lives.

By learning to allow our natural healing processes to operate in the presence of a caring, non-judgemental adult, (crying, trembling, laughing, yawning, angry movements similar to a child’s “temper tantrum”) we become more and more able to recover our inherent nature, and the ability to find successful solutions to our life problems.

Re-evaluation Counselling is a process whereby people of all ages and all backgrounds can learn how to exchange effective help with each other in order to free themselves from the effects of past distress experiences.

Transpersonal Counselling

If you would like to explore a spiritual perspective and how it can help bring you a sense of peace, hope and purpose to your life, I can support you in this journey.

Have you ever asked yourself while in the midst of a difficult personal crisis,

“Is this all there is?”

For a Transpersonal Counsellor, resolution lies in our answer to Einstein’s famous questions,

“Is the Universe a Friendly Place or Not?”

Our answer determines our experience.

When we reach a crossroad in our lives, many of us have wondered if and how we can find a way out of our painful dilemma.

From a place of fear, we will likely seek strategies designed to protect us from feeling our pain.

However, in the long run, we are left feeling alone and essentially caught in the grip of repeating patterns of negative feelings and beliefs about ourselves and those around us. Our struggles usually persist, with growing intensity and become harder and harder to cope with.

If we can stand in a place of loving forgiveness, we are more likely to drop our elaborate and isolating defense systems and by doing so, discover a deeper, more hopeful truth about ourselves.

As we open to the possibility of something new, we create the opportunity for healing and growth. The goal is to remove the blocks to our happiness and in the process, discover a greater life purpose. Transpersonal Psychology is based on the work of C.G. Jung, Carl Rogers, Roberto Assagioli, Abraham Maslow and others. It combines systems theory with person-centered, humanistic and spiritual psychologies.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

How we see ourselves, others and the world impacts our thoughts and feelings. If our thoughts become consistently negative, they can undermine us and our ability to feel better. Instead of protecting us from pain, negative thinking patterns can reinforce our distress, and keep us stuck in patterns that are unhelpful to us. With therapeutic support using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can make changes that will help free you to feel, think and behave in ways that bring new and more rewarding possibilities to your life.

Areas of Support include:

Individual Counselling for: stress and coping, self-esteem & self-growth, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, counselling for family of origin, navigating life transitions, recovery from traumatic experiences.

Couple and Relationship Counselling to: reduce relationship conflict, increase trust and enjoyment, strengthen connection, increase warmth, intimacy and enjoyment, recover from affairs and clarify commitment