Welcome to my website! This is my story in a nutshell:
Francine is a CounselloR, Family
Facilitator, French Teacher and Translator.
Since 2011 she has trained with
both in Europe
sHE HAS BEEN WORKING IN SPAIN,
CANADA, GERMANY, AND AUSTRALIA, COLLABORATING oN SEVERAL MULTICULTRAL PROJECTS.
FRANCINE IS eSPECIALLY INTERESTED IN MIGRATION, GRIEF AND LOSS, systemic education, FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES.
Born in Catalonia (Spain) to French parents, I was attracted from a young age to other countries and other ways of life. The Pyrenees, the geographical border between Spain and France, have always been part of my emotional landscape. My ancestors haven been moving from one side to the other of those beautiful mountains following their own destinies. So languages and cultures were common topics at home, and the dictionary was never far from our dining table.
I received from my parents their love for the French language and the passion for teaching. Promoting a foreign culture and translating novels were for me a natural way of opening windows into other realities.
Meanwhile life was bringing wins and losses. After several losses of loved ones in a short period of time I came accross Family Constellations. I was deeply moved by this therapeutic work that helped me to find strength and life where I used to feel drained and hopeless. I learnt to open the windows of my own house that were kept closed before. A beam of light came in and some of my family system's hidden dynamics were suddenly revealed to me.
I decided to train myself in Family Constellations at the Institut Gestalt in Barcelona. Working as a highschool teacher, I also started to realise that students diagnosed with some kind of personality disorder were "busy" with their own family system dynamics and were not "available" to learn and thrive at school. I learnt that family loyalties and entanglements have always priority over academic learning. Family Constellations was a turning point in my approach to teaching, giving me the tools to address what really matters to my students and their families first, so they could engage in their learning later.
In 2013 I made the big move over to Australia, where I now live with my Australian husband, our three sons and the black labrador that adopted us. I run workshops and counselling sessions In Newcastle and Blacksmiths and I teach French at the Alliance Française.
I swapped my cherished Pyrenees for the sparkling Lake Macquarie where we continue juggling with languages at the dining table :)
"I belong to a tribe that has always been nomadic in a desert as wide as this world. Our countries are oases that we leave when the source dries out, our houses are tents dressed up in stone, our nationalities rely on a date or a boat. Beyond generations, beyond oceans, beyond the Babel of languages, we are only bound to each other by the whispering of a name. A family name in place of a homeland? Yes, indeed. Instead of a faith, an ancient loyalty", from the book Origines, by Amin Maalouf
"Je suis d’une tribu qui nomadise depuis toujours dans un désert aux dimensions du monde. Nos pays sont des oasis que nous quittons quand la source s’assèche, nos maisons sont des tentes en costume de pierre, nos nationalités sont affaire de dates, ou de bateaux. Seul nous relie les une aux autres, par-delà les générations, par-delà les mers, par-delà le Babel des langues, le bruissement d’un nom. Pour patrie, un patronyme? oui, c’est ainsi! Et pour foi, une antique fidélité!", dans Origines, d' Amin Maalouf
Degree in Translation and Interpreting, Autonomous university barcelona
Certificate in French Teaching, barcelona
Training in Family Constellations (500 hours), Gestalt Institute Barcelona
Certificate in Family Constellations in Individual Therapy, G.I. Barcelona
Diploma of Counselling, AIPC
Community Interpreting Certificate, hunter tafe
Training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Registered member of the ACA (Australian Counselling Association)