As she begins her career as a guidance counsellor at Collège
Ahuntsic, Louise Fréchette is interested in her own professional
development especially since, in addition to consultations in
guidance counselling, she also co-leads various personal growth
activities for the students, along with her colleagues from the
Psychology and Guidance Counselling Service.
In order to develop her skills in psychotherapy, she gets trained in
psychosynthesis under the supervision of Martha Crampton,
psychologist and co-founder of the Canadian Institute for
Psychosynthesis. Her training at the Canadian Institute for
Psychosynthesis totals more than 500 hours, between 1972 and 1975.
Towards the end of her training, she also takes part in a summer
workshop given by the Institute, in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where
she acts as a therapist for participants who come from Canada as
well as the United States East Coast.
her training in psychosynthesis, she becomes interested in body
psychotherapy. Together with some of her colleagues, psychologists
and guidance counsellors from other colleges in Montreal, she
organizes a series of bioenergetic analysis workshops, lead by Denis
Royer, which eventually evolved into a complete training program
acknowledged by the International Institute for Bioenergetic
Analysis, directed by Dr. Alexander Lowen, founder of the approach.
The bioenergetic training program consists of at least 800 hours of
training spanning over six (6) years, during which Louise Fréchette
is trained mainly by Denis Royer and André Lafrance, both
psychologists. During her training, she also has the opportunity to
work with Dr Alexander Lowen as well as with several senior trainers
from the International Institute. She begins seeing clients in
bioenergetic analysis in 1980, under supervision and becomes a fully
certified bioenergetic therapist (CBT) in 1982.
Since 1982, not only has she been practicing as a bioenergetic
analyst, but she also teaches this approach on an international
order to complement the training she already has, Louise Fréchette
also undertakes a four year training program of over 200 hours in
classic and ericksonian hypnosis, an approach developed by Dr.
Milton Erickson, from 1989 to 1993, at the Institut
québécois de thérapie et d’hypnose éricksonniennes, founded by
Since the beginning of her career, Louise Fréchette has also taken
part in many professional development workshops of various kinds
(NLP, post traumatic intervention, rational-emotional approach,