Life is indeed stressful. Navigating life’s twists and turns is challenging at best. When life throws us the unexpected, often our foundation is shaken and we do not know where to turn. My name is Kathleen Francis, Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and Registered Professional Counsellor (CPCA), in private practice in Milton, ON.
Have you been putting off time for self-care you know you need? Perhaps there are big or small changes you want to make in your life but instead you feel stuck in the same mistakes or habits? Do you become easily overwhelmed by anxious and unproductive negative thoughts when stress mounts? Maybe there are shifts you wish to make in your personal, family, or work relationships? We all struggle, and we all have the capacity to rise above and create positive changes in our lives.
I have a great passion for connecting with people in a safe and supportive way. Whether you want help with setting priorities and goals for achieving balance in your life, or are facing more serious relational, emotional and psychological issues that are affecting your well-being, I would be honoured to walk with you on your journey. Let’s work together to focus on your strengths and see the life-enhancing options that lie before you.
I am trained in various approaches, and am also a certified provider of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). This is a high tech intervention based on Polyvagal Theory (created by Stephen Porges) which uses the hearing system to access the self-regulating capabilities of the nervous system. From the Integrated Listening Website: "This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen."
I believe the most healing aspect of therapy is the human connection we can share. I have faced life’s burdens as well, and can offer you experience, insight, tools, and guidance to help you access your own inner strength and wisdom.