Helen Francis, BscN MSW RCSW

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  • Registered Clinical Social Worker
  • Suite 205-2902 West Broadway, Vancouver , British Columbia, V6K 2G8
  • Phone: 778-996-6985
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  • Session Fees: $180. per 50-60 minute session. Sliding scale available. Free 15 minute phone consultation
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

Professional Biography
I have always been interested in the overall health of individuals, couples and families.  I became a family therapist following a career in nursing.   The teaching and counseling roles in my nursing career led me to studies in Family Systems Theory and completing a Master of Social Work degree.  I have worked as a family therapist for over 30 years, first in a treatment centre for preschool children and private practice and later on a Family Health Team.  I have taught Family Systems Theory and supervised students in their clinical work.  I am a trained Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and have also lead courses in parenting and family of origin.  
As a recognized, respected and trusted family therapist, I bring a calm, compassionate and non-judgmental approach to working with clients.  I work together with you to explore ways of coping with challenges and learn more about how past experiences from your family of origin may be impacting your perception of the current life situation.  I am so grateful to have the privilege of walking with clients and to witness their transformational change.
I Can Help You With: 
  • Strengthening your sense of self
  • Relationship challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping with chronic health issues
  • Improving family relationships
  • Working through loss and grief
  • Addictions recovery
  • Healing past trauma
Benefits of Therapy With Me: 
  • Enjoying more harmonious relationships with family members, partner, friends, and colleagues
  • Having a stronger sense of self
  • Learning coping skills to manage anxiety, depression and chronic health conditions
  • Having a safe witness to your struggles
  • Finding solutions to current life challenges
  • Creating ongoing, lasting change
  • Calm, compassionate, non-judgmental approach
  • Healing emotional pain
  • Gentle challenging of existing perceptions through thought-provoking inquiry
  • Over 10 years' experience in nursing
  • 28 years' experience as a family therapist 

I Incorporate the Following Approaches:
  • Counseling
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindful Self-Compassion 

  • $180 per 50-60 minute session for individuals, couples and families
  • Receipts are issued which can be used to claim the cost of sessions as a medical expense
  • Some Employee Assistance plans and Extended Health plans cover the cost of my services
  • A sliding scale is available on a case by case basis
  • Free initial 15 minute phone consultation 
  • Suite 205 - 2902 West Broadway
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • On a major bus route
  • Street parking available
  • 778-996-6985 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of British Columbia
  • Master of Social Work, University of British Columbia
  • Certificate in Specialization in Family Systems Therapy, Pacific Coast Family Therapy Training Association
  • Certificate for Training in Mindfulness, Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic
  • Certificate in Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training, University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness
  • Certificate in EMDR,  Levels 1 and 2, EMDR Institute 
Professional Affiliation:
  • Registered Clinical Social Worker, BC College of Social Workers 

Helen Francis Reaches

Vancouver BC