Having dealt with a serious addiction to alcohol which was gradually taking over my life I decided to take the brave step of seeking a counsellor to get some help. This was not at all something I was comfortable with and was most apprehensive. On our first meeting I knew I had made the right decision, Francesca was warm, friendly and I truly believed she wanted to help me. She is very gifted at what she does, she truly connects with you and is able to get straight to the root of the problem. Her calm and gentle manner puts you at ease yet she is not afraid to tell you what she thinks and challenge your thinking. I have been seeing Francesca for over a year now and she has been beyond amazing!! I sincerely believe that if it wasn’t for her, I would have not beaten this addiction and my life would be taking a very different path. I thoroughly recommend her as a counsellor and feel confident that she will change many lives.
~ Natasha R.
When I met Francesca Tomas I had already been through work counselling and a psychologist. When I came into her office I felt just as bad as when I started this journey. Right after my first appointment I knew I had hit the jack pot. Francesca was definitely who I needed. She is so helpful, compassionate, kind, great listener, honest, patient and I trusted her. I am so glad Francesca crossed my path.
It is great to finally feel so good about myself and know that I am a good person and worthy! I have many tools in my toolbox and I am finally moving forward in my life happily! Thank you Francesca Tomas for your guidance in helping to find my way back to trusting, loving and listening to myself.
I lost my Father 10 years ago from suicide. He was a severe alcoholic. I was 16 at the time, and had no idea how to deal with any of it. Recently, I knew I needed to get help because the pain kept finding its way to the surface. I began meeting with Francesca, and she has truly changed my life. I am a stronger, confident, and more emotionally healthy person. She was my guiding light at a point where I felt completely lost and out of control. She really guides you and gives you the tools to deal with your issues on your own, so that you can deal with anything life will throw at you. Francesca, you are such an incredible, strong person and I am so grateful for everything you have taught me!
When I first met Francesca, she welcomed me and immediately made me feel at ease. She’s created an environment that allows me to let my walls down and speak openly about anything that’s on my mind. Ever since I’ve been seeing Francesca, my life has taken a dramatic positive change in direction. Francesca is compassionate therapist who radiates optimism and tranquility.
I have been seeing Francesca for 1 to 1 personal counselling sessions since 2016. At the time I started seeing her, I was emerging from a very unhappy and emotionally abusive home and childhood which was effecting my personal relationships. I used to come to the sessions with lots to talk about others but somewhat guarded when it came to speak about myself. I soon came to realize, during the early weeks working with Francesca that I had many layers of self doubt and battered self esteem which needed unraveling and healing. I felt that I had in some sense ‘lost’ my sense of self while in toxic situations. Through the peeling of these layers, Francesca helped me in rediscovering an integrated sense of myself.It is interesting that even year after regular counselling how important it is for me to see Francesca. Speaking to her helps my clear my mind without feeling judged and helps put things into perspective. The sessions that I have with her are an invaluable part of my life. I don’t always look forward to them; the work of counselling can be incredibly difficult. Being willing to allow a professional into your most inner self with all its flaws and fears is an true act of trust. Whatever feelings I come with to my sessions, I always leave feeling more integrated in myself. A year ago from today, I can honestly say I was different person in comparison to who I am today. My life has turned for the better and I have Francesca to thank for a lot of that. I highly encourage anyone who has ever considered counselling to speak to her. I am grateful to Francesca and especially the person who referred me to her, as it has and is helping my ongoing journey towards greater self awareness and emotional healing.
Francesca has helped me acknowledge, understand and confront my anxiety in a unique way. Before seeing Francesca, I did not realize how much my anxiety was affecting me or where it came from. Now, I have learned coping mechanisms and understand how to change my thoughts to become more healthy. I now understand that catastrophic thoughts are not only not helpful, but also impossible. Things come with time.Sessions with Francesca felt like a discussion with a motherly figure or old friend, never like a stiff counsellor. I have seen multiple counsellors in the past, but Francesca has a unique gift. I would (and have!) recommended her to anyone who asks.
Francesca was recommended to my by a friend a few months ago. I’ve seen a couple of counsellors in the past and she has by far been the most helpful. I believe she has unique insight, and her upfront approach addresses issues far beyond the surface. I highly recommend her as someone to talk to if you are dealing with stress, anxiety, or relationship issues.
I truly feel that our sessions changed my life for the better. You gave me such valuable life tools & helped me see things in a way I never saw before & helped me learn so much about myself. I could sing praises about you & your skills all day long! I think you’re a phenomenal counsellor and a wonderful person.
At first, I was very skeptical about counselling because nothing else seemed to work. I had another counsellor to deal with my lifelong anxiety and depression. I was lost and had no hope for the future. Then, I met Francesca and it all changed in a matter of months. I have never felt better in my life and now have the skills and outlook to have a better, happier life. I can confidently say going to see Francesca has been one of the best decisions of my life. If you have some issues, big or small, Francesca can help you overcome them. It is never too late to feel better about yourself and your life.
I was going through a very hard time in my life, having a mom who was an alcoholic and addict, and having 3 “dads” who had walked out of my life because of my mom. I knew I needed to talk to someone, but I am young, therefore was extremely scared and nervous to seek therapy. I searched online for some help because I was embarrassed and didn’t want to ask anyone where I should look. I luckily stumbled upon Francesca’s website and emailed her. The first time I met her, she was so welcoming and friendly. I loved the environment of her workplace as it made me feel safe – like no one was judging me. I met with Francesca 7 or 8 times and she helped me transform my emotions. She has helped me become a stronger person to say the least. She is the type of person you wish you could have in your everyday life and not only as your therapist! She truly has impacted my life for the better. Down the road if I ever need some advice or counselling, she will again, be the person I run to. Thank you so much Francesca, I don’t know where I would be today without you.
~ Kayla C.
Francesca Is the most amazing counsellor! She helped me understand myself and my relationship.”Thank You so much Francesca!!
~ E. W.
There are no words to describe how much counseling has helped me in my life. I was your typical guy, able to deal with all problems in life. Whenever a situation came up, I was able to do it all on my own without help. Asking for help was a weakness, and being a guy, you can’t appear weak. How wrong I was. The only thing I was doing was hanging on to everything and having my life spiral out of control. Instead of dealing with all the problems associated with everyday life, I was bottling my problems up, and letting them affect all aspects of my life. With the help of Francesca, I was finally able to see how much of the problems were actually caused by me, and how to deal with them properly, instead of having them contribute to everyday life. I am now able to be a positive influence in my own life, and the lives of my wife and children. We are all able to move forward in a positive way and support each other, instead of constant fights and unhappiness. Without Francesca’s help, I don’t know if I would even be here today. If I could give anyone one piece of advice in life, it would be to make that call and give it a chance. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Reaching out is not a weakness but a strength, and I am eternally grateful to Francesca for the tools she has taught me and the life she has given back to me. I have finally learned to like – and love – myself again, and am able to pass that on to others.
After losing many friends because of my anger and drinking problems, I had the good fortune to find Francesca Tomas and her counselling service. This gifted lady, with her gentle questioning, was able to get to the route of my problems. I am well on my way to recovery. I would highly recommend Ms.Tomas to anyone looking for professional counselling of this nature.
I have recently moved to BC and found Francesca through their website. I had met with her only a couple times, but felt as though I had had years of sessions with her. She helped me understand how to deal with my feelings and helped me realize I am who I am and there is nothing wrong with that!Francesca also shared her CD with me – which I use quite frequently. It really helps me relax and focus after a long hard day at the office!
I came to see Francesca as my drinking was bringing out the worst of me; in fact, thanks to Francesca’s amazing help, we discovered that I have been dealing with mental abuse and guilt from a 23 year marriage. I am still working on dealing with my guilt and hurt but without Francesca’s help, I’d be lost. Thank you Francesca, you are a real pro!
I was afraid for a long time to seek help with the problems I have had. Francesca helped me realize that I was not the only person with these problems and showed me a way to get past them and be happy again.I would recommend her help to anyone I know.
Francesca really and carefully listens to what it is I have to say. She is able to translate it and help me see how I can better myself with actions and thoughts I can relate to. As tough as it is to take the step of seeking help, it turned out that she was exactly what I needed, understanding and not overbearing.
Thank you so much Francesca!
Throughout my life, I have faced emotionally-debilitating issues like anxiety and low self-esteem. Through just a few sessions with Francesca, we solved a number of my problems, allowing me to enjoy life more. In a comfortable atomsphere, she takes a friendly, personable approach at teaching and reinforcing life-altering lessons. The only thing I wish I could do right now is to have seen her sooner. For anyone who is seriously considering counselling for themselves, look no further; Francesca is the best!
Thank you Francesca for your expertise in helping me to not only see what was going on around me but more importantly, to understand what was going on within me. You helped me with so many aspects of my life, by helping me to view my challenges in a different way. The benefit for me was feeling more in control of my life. You truly have a gift to share – that of understanding human nature and caring for others.
~ K. Scott
Francesca immediately gets to heart of the matter. She clearly showed how being shamed and bullied as a child fostered my lack of self-worth as an adult, leading to poor decisions and ultimately addiction. It scares me to death to think what my life would be like today had I not reached out for help.
Hi Francesca, Thanks for helping me work through some things in our few sessions together. I've definitely gotten value out of this time, and will continue to process some of what we've discussed for some time. I am emailing however to ask that we, for the time being, cancel our future appointments. I am in a better place and need to focus my energy elsewhere for the time being. Thanks again, and all the best,
I’d like to thank Francesca for her time and professionalism in listening to me and offering helpful insights. I greatly admire her dedication to her profession. Francesca offered me a space to talk/think and work out what I feel about people and events in my life. She made insightful observations which assisted me in making connections which have helped me greatly. I have come to understand myself a lot better, particularly in my relationship with my family. Because of her counseling sessions I feel better than I have for some time. I have made a good start in overcoming my depression and the related problems in a relatively short period of time. I highly recommend Francesca!