Francine Sims PhD, LPC, CAADA, MAC
Francine Sims is one of A Better Today’s most tenured experts, with over twenty years of experience in Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Siena University in Michigan, a master’s in Agency Counseling also from Siena University, and a PHD in Counseling Psychology from the Capella University of Minnesota. Her dissertation was taken up as educational material by the University of Australia.
Dr. Sims is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Michigan, as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). She is an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IC&RC) and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Dr. Sims’ specialization training is vast and includes Substance Abuse Education and Prevention, Validation Therapy, Co-Occurring Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Supervision of Counseling, Clinical Supervision, The Science of Addiction, Pathological Gambling and Alcohol Use Disorder, Domestic Violence, Treatment of Persons with HIV, and more.
As Dr. Sims says, she never planned on working in the field of addiction treatment, but it chose her. While she began work in more general psychology, she realized that many of her patients struggled with substance abuse. She went back and took more classes so she would be better equipped to help her patients and eventually found herself working in addiction-specialized care.
She believes that helping patients to build self-esteem and self-concept is paramount in this work. She says it is special when past patients visit and she gets to see how much progress they have made in sobriety. Dr. Sims admits to being type A, enjoys going out to eat in her past time and insists that a linen napkin is a must. She advises to always accept people for who they are, not who you want them to be.