I believe that each of us has an innate desire for balance, health and authenticity. Our capacities for loving relationships, creativity, personal empowerment and spiritual connection can be negatively affected by experiences such as trauma, isolation, addictions, genetics and brain chemistry. Many factors influence our personality, identity, perceptions and behaviors. In addition to our personal history we are shaped by culture, gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, sexual identity and spiritual perspective. These all play a role in who we become and how we relate to others.With a direct, non-judgmental and collaborative approach I facilitate each person's goals for individual and relationship well being.
I have much experience with issues of: loss & grief; spiritual crisis; issues of sexual identity & homophobia; recovery from addictions & co-dependence; sexual, emotional or physical trauma; dysfunctional family systems; AIDS; difficult life transitions; low self-esteem and depression.
PUBLICATIONS/AWARDSWorking It Out, A Lesbian Relationship Primer, available by clicking the title/link above, or throughAmazon.com.Creation Spirituality,National Publication, Winter 1995 Edition: “Practicing Grief”.Write From The Heart, Lesbians Healing From Heartache, Editor Anita Pace (Baby Steps Press, 1/96). Anthology chapter titled “And We Shall Grow Old Together”.Lesbian & Gay Marriage, Editor, Suzanne Sherman (Temple University Press, 1992). One chapter.Distinguished Service Award, 2011.Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Gold Award for 17 years of volunteer work in the HIV/AIDS field.
THREE GENERATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS
Frances has worked in collaboration with her mother,Natalie Rogersand her grandfather,Carl R. Rogers(1902 -1987) since 1975. Together they have been on panels, developed andfacilitated groups and staffed Person Centered Approach residentialworkshops. Frances co-founded The Person Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Institute with Natalie Rogers in 1984.
“Central to the advancement of human civilization is the spirit of open inquiry. We must not only learn to tolerate differences —we must welcome them as the richness and diversity which can lead to true intelligence.” —Albert Einstein
"Frances has an unusual ability to develop a therapeutic relationship with her clients which promotes growth, releases creativity, and transmits healing."—Carl R. Rogers, PhD.