Frances’s interest in the fields of trauma and attachment began with political activism and advocacy in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy and Refugee human rights. Her strong sense of social justice led to her completing a degree in Social Work and undertaking further study in Aboriginal Women’s studies at the University of Queensland.
Frances’ professional career began in regional Queensland where she worked as an Adult Mental Health Clinician, providing acute and intensive therapeutic care in both community and hospital settings. This work provided Frances with an opportunity to explore the impact of mental health on families and sparked her enduring interest in systemic family therapy and the mental health needs of children and young people. Subsequently, Frances worked as a Child and Adolescent Mental health specialist in both Australia and the United Kingdom for the following 10 years.
In this time, Frances held both senior clinical and managerial positions. She provided individual, group and family therapy, specialising in the fields of trauma, attachment and eating disorders. She supervised clinicians and was a sort-after mentor, trainer and supervisor to local schools and child protection agencies. Her commitment to supporting the reflective practice needs of clinicians led to Frances designing and implementing several knowledge sharing platforms that enhanced professional development, peer supervision and community engagement.
Frances is committed to further education and training and continually seeks out opportunities for professional growth. Further to her Social Work degree, she completed Systemic Family Therapy training and has since engaged in extensive training within the fields of trauma, attachment, healing and systemic psychotherapy. Frances is currently a trainee psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists.
As a consultant to the Child and Family Wellbeing Team , Frances works alongside organisations and practitioners across Victoria and Australia to create exceptional, innovative and dynamic learning opportunities that will strengthen knowledge, critical thinking and skill development, leading to positive healing pathways for children and young people.