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counseling to couples, individuals and groups
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.
Frances S. Fuchs holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University for Integrative Learning and a Masters degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University.She is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and a Clinical Hypnotherapist as well as an ordained Minister of The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person. She  has been in private practice since 1983.
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.
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.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONSSenior Associate,The Couples Center, teaching, ongoing professional consultation and development. 1995 to present.Organizational Consultant and Staff Support,Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network, Santa Rosa, CA. 1991 to present.Member,The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, 1994 to present.Associate Member,California Association of Marriage & Family Counselors, 1990 to present.Member of the Advisory Board,  The Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute, 1992  to 2005.Member,American Association for Counseling and Development, Alexandria, Va., 1985 to present.Member, Domestic Violence Task Force for the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, 1982 -1985.
“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.
Photo Circa 1985