Areas of Expertise
Addiction counselling is a safe place to tell the truth. It is a place to lay down the shame, stigma and isolation of addiction to educate, inform and empower yourself about how to maintain sobriety. Recovery begins with a step towards honest about our situation and then creating a personalized plan to rebuild our internal and external lives. There is much to do - one day at a time. Addiction Counselling is about learning the educational, spiritual and supportive tools of recovery to join the millions of people who enjoy freedom from substance misuse around the world.
Once you learn how to maintain your sobriety for one entire year, the next adventure begins! Recovery at this phase can often look like exploring healthy relationship patterns, family systems, personal boundaries, spirituality, self-esteem, self-worth, self-love, grief and loss, family of origin work, career and goal setting. Often, when one compulsive behaviour ends, another begins. This is because we have not done the deep work of understanding self. Recovery counselling is where you can explore and challenge your automatic thinking patterns and self-defeating behaviours and ask the very important question...
Now that you're sober; who are you and what do you want from your life? That question is the beginning of creating the life you want in recovery.
Mental Health Counselling
Mental health is defined as "our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected."
You don't need to be struggling with an addiction, to be struggling with your mental health. Mental health is important and vital to everyone. If you are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, unwanted thoughts and compulsive behaviours, Frances has experienced those same things and helps her clients get back on track by supporting them to process and move towards action around creating a healthy perspective, self-care rituals, and healthy relationships to support good mental health. Our life changes, when we take care of our mental health.
My Approach to Counselling
I care deeply about my supporting my client's ability to succeed in their path of sobriety, continued recovery and mental wellness. I would describe myself as an encouraging, kind and empathetic listener, but also kind enough to tell someone the truth about how their thinking and behaviour affects them and the people around them. This is because if left unaddressed, addiction and mental health are serious subjects with serious consequences for everyone involved.
As an Addictions Counsellor, I believe it is an important part of my role to have the courage to gently challenge and confront the thinking and behaviours that continue to impact my client's ability to remain sober and mentally well. My honest, caring feedback and observations based on my education and experience genuinely come from a place of truly wanting my clients to succeed. As I see it, this is my job, in their life.
This is the counsellor I strive to be within my personal sessions:
Hold Space of unconditional positive regard for my client to determine their own path
Strengthen my client’s inner resources of self-awareness to resolve blocks to personal growth.
Place my client— as the expert on themselves —at the center of each session.
Acknowledge and celebrate the success in the present, while working towards continued success in the future.
If you are ready and willing to make a change in your life, I truly believe i I have the education, experience and empathy to help you do that. For more information and feedback on Frances Stone, please check out the testimonials here.