[From a professional in the Addiciton field]
“During her time here at our hospital in the UK, Frances has been diligent, punctual and reliable. She has demonstrated a high level of pro- active involvement in seeking learning opportunities…  As a result she has developed a broad understanding about the treatment of addictions using different approaches.

She is able to easily establish a rapport with clients and staff and works well as part of a team or individually. Her character is non-judgemental, empathic and genuine which assists clients in feeling safe and in meeting the needs of the clients”.
“I believe Frances a phenomenal therapist, I see her working very hard for her clients.

There is love strength and dedication in her eyes” (Fellow Counsellor)


Assessments are essential to guide both client and therapist into creating the best          treatment plan and include: 

  • confidential assessments for drug/alcohol and process addictions (codependency, eating disorders, gambling, sex/love addiction, adult children of alcoholics - ACOAs etc.) followed by a thorough treatment recommendation
  • confidential assessments for trauma diagnoses followed by a thorough treatment recommendation.


     Treatment: Outpatient therapy

       Individual therapy:
  • 12 step addiction therapy for those suffering from all varieties of addictions, which include process addictions (codependency, eating disorders, sex/love addiction and other self-defeating behaviours). Counselling can begin prior to admission to an inpatient centre (where necessary) or post admission as a maintenance treatment plan.
  • Codependency (relationship) therapy for family members, partners of addicts and adult children of alcoholics. This type of therapy would also suit anyone who has been affected by addiction or is seeking healthier relationships, stronger boundaries and a more intact sense of self.
  • Non 12 step therapy. This treatment combines cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, family systems, trauma therapy and Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC).
  • QEC is Quantum Energy Coaching. It is a simple and effective tool that alters limiting thoughts and beliefs at the subconscious level and releases stress/tension/trauma from the body. It is based in Neuroscience and uses the Gestalt principle of Holism. QEC believes that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves, but through our limiting beliefs we create blockages, mentally and physically which interfere with healing. If we remove these blockages the body heals itself.( For more information:
  • Trauma therapy: brief interventions post trauma (1- 6 sessions) AND  longer term therapy for full resolution of chronic trauma symptoms. A range of safe techniques using talk therapy and body oriented modalities such as TRE and QEC are both available.

      Couple therapy:

  • Similar therapies are offered to couples. Having a facilitator lead a discussion can be extremely beneficial and can lead to both individuals listening to one another, acknowledging each other and making healthier, more rational decisions together. 

       Family therapy:

  • There may be unhealthy dynamics in your family due to the presence of addiction, mental illness or trauma. Coming together to family therapy can help identify these patterns and roles and help all family members adjust to healthier ways of relating to each other. This is a way to prevent re-enactment of unhealthy behaviours and offers the chance to make generational changes.
       Outpatient programmes:  This involves all or some of the following therapies -
        a negotiated package will be developed to suit your individual needs.        

  • Individual therapy including family conjoints where necessary
  • Once a week group TRE 
  • Individual TRE therapy (trauma releasing exercises)- where necessary
  • Access to workshops
  • Recommendations of 12 step meetings
  • Recommendations of psychiatrists, doctors, dieticians etc. 
  • Supervision of professionals working in the addiction/trauma field. This is an extremely important part of working in a highly stressful field. It is essential that counsellors and recovery assistants have a safe, and confidential space to offload in order to prevent burnout. Increasing your knowledge of working in safe ways with clients is another aspect of supervision.


  • Onward referrals to other professionals (e.g psychiatrists, dieticians, psychologists and specialist counsellors).
  • Onward referrals to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation centres, where necessary.


     Group Therapy

  •   TRE "Tension Releasing Exercises" GROUP:  Once a week group TRE- Mondays 13:00- 14:30. Prospect Hill Recovery Practice, Wynberg. Open to newcomers  and individuals who have done TRE before, as a drop in group. Recommended 6 sessions min.
  • Please contact me for further info:
  • Currently postponed.



      TRE: Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises  (Somatic therapy)

  • A phenomenal breakthrough in the world of trauma therapy, TRE is a set of simple exercises that leads to the release of trapped tension and trauma symptoms. This body therapy can stand alone or can work well in conjunction with individual therapy.
  • TRE is a body-centered therapy that helps to relieve chronic stress, anxiety, injuries, recover from traumatic life experiences and reduce muscular tension. It allows you to explore and heal from past experiences without having to re-experience them on a cognitive level, which can often re-traumatise you.
  • TRE is a natural method of relaxation that works effectively for conditions that range from mild tension to severe trauma and is a self-empowering healing tool that you can learn to do by yourself. It can also be done in groups increasing the number of people that can be helped at once. (For more information: or

Frances Ward:
Registered Addiction /
Trauma Therapist
(B. Psych). (0013668)

082 099 1830  
or email

"The end may be in sight, but today's path is all I really have. Let me make the most if it."