Dr. Doreen M. Francis RSW MA PhD -
Professor of Psychology and Logotherapy Psychotherapist
Founder and Director of the UK and Canadian Chapters of Logotherapy and the International Centre for MAPistheSOS (Meaning And Purpose is the Science Of Success)
Dr. Francis has worked in the field of Mental Health, for over thirty years, specializing in the psychotherapeutic treatment of mental illness and addictions. After completing a certificate in Human Services Counselling at George Brown College, Toronto, she achieved a Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology at Ryerson University, Toronto, and went on to complete a Master of Arts and PhD in Contemporary Psychoanalysis and psychological studies, at Brunel University, London, UK. Dr. Francis is a Registered Social Worker in the UK with the Health and Care Professionals Counsel soon to be Social Work England (HCPC/SWE) as well as with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario CRPO).
Dr. Francis went on to complete a Diplomate certification in Logotherapy through the Viktor Frankl Institute, Texas and Vienna and a Jack Canfield Leadership Certification. A published author her research continues. Her soon to be published academic works are: Meaning: An Instinct, A Primary Motivation, A Better Understanding of The Psychomatrix and its Applications in Practice, and the Olympic Series: Articles Inspired by the Real...
As a post-doctoral researcher Dr. Francis’ core topics are Modern Day Slavery and Post Traumatic Stress. She has also written a novel based on her research - "Shadow of Black within Grey" - which is set to be published in 2019.
Dr. Francis has dedicated her career to pursuing a deeper understanding of human behaviour, emotional and psychological pain, its impact, meaning and management - A Meaning And Purpose (MAP) centered philosophy. Her work is framed in her well evidenced (in Existential Psychology and Philosophy) theory that in creating a MAP one begins to see that the process of finding Meaning And Purpose (MAP) is the Science Of Success (SOS) - YOU CREATE YOUR OWN BODY OF ‘SCIENTIFIC’ EVIDENCE FROM YOUR OWN LIFE to go from where you are to where you wish to be...
Happiness is a by-product of meaning as pleasure is a by-product of pain, therefore to find meaning one must suffer one’s pain to know the other …
What is pain, what does it mean that you have a relationship with it and how does this affect your identity and existence? Dr. Francis’ definition of pain is derived from that proposed by scientists such as Melzack and Wall and Freud. Pain is a dynamic, multilayered, diverse collection of experiences, which impacts and influences us throughout life. Pain is a kind of conglomerate of past, traumatic, neuro-biological, psychological and emotional imprints – pain as in suffering or being in pain. The author’s aim here is to argue that it is not pain, as such, but our relationship with pain, which is most significant to the processes of our lives.
In examining the combination of Freud’s psycho-sexual theory of development and Melzack’s theory of the Neuromatrix, Francis endeavours to evidence her theory that there is the distinct possibility for the existence of what she has named a Psychomatrix – patterns of pain (loss – abandonment, grief, rejection, desire) imprinted from infancy within an innate matrix that are specifically translated by their own ‘psychological and emotional neural loops’ and therefore, congruent with the Neuromatrix concept. Her final conclusion: pain becomes an object that compels us to respond accordingly and consequently, thus defining our identity and existence.
‘Although pain is a universal human experience, which has been investigated by the widest range of scholars and researchers for thousands of years, it still remains poorly understood. In this groundbreaking study, Doreen M. Francis combines a psychoanalytic perspective with the revolutionary insights on the Neuromatrix of Melzack and Wall, in order to argue that pain is neither a mere sensory, nor a primarily emotional experience, but a relational phenomenon, which can only be properly appreciated if we take account of how a human being as subject relates to his or her pain qua object. Academic as it may be, this book is a pleasure to read, and should be studied by everyone who has a vested interest in gaining a better understanding of pain, pencil in hand!’ ––Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London, and Chair of the Freud Museum, London