My name is Christi DeFrancesco, and I have been practicing for over 11 years as a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia. My therapeutic background began 17 years ago working in an inpatient hospital serving those in crisis. Since then, I have served as a therapist in an inpatient setting serving both youth and adults with chronic mental illness, self harm, suicidal thoughts, and those who have experienced trauma.
I believe that everyone needs a safe space to come, let their guard down, and talk about their challenges and successes without judgment. Serving others is my calling and my practice affords me the opportunity to do that. My goal is not to fix your problems, my goal is to help you understand how and why you may be feeling things so intensely. Our work will be collaborative. I will ask challenging questions and you may sometimes be frustrated. Therapy is not a straight and narrow path, but it is rich and full of self discovery and reward. As we work through these intense emotions and processes, you will find that you are better able to manage stress, feelings of discomfort, and enjoy life pleasures more.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Dissociation, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TN LCSW 7704
VA LCSW 0904008655
I dreaded ever being in counseling again as I never had a good experience. Christi changed all that and made me see counseling in a different light. She helped me beyond what I could ever imagine. She challenged me in good ways and was kind and approachable. I looked forward to our weekly sessions they changed my thinking and my life.
Written on Apr 21, 2021 after therapy with Christi for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She is the best therapist I have ever had.
Written on Oct 03, 2020 after therapy with Christi for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Christi has helped me in a multitude of ways. She has an amazing background and knows how to relate to the situation and I think most importantly for me is very easy to work with while being a straight shooter and is always there to find the solution that works for you personally. I am grateful for Christi and look forward to carrying our conversations into the future that continues our path of growth and legacy.
Written on Sep 24, 2020 after therapy with Christi for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and coaching
My counselor is supportive and works with me about my concerns. She uplifts me and praises me when she sees improvement. She encourages me in the rough patches. She makes me think about certain aspects of my life and analyzes those situations and describes new information I never knew about
Written on Aug 02, 2020 after therapy with Christi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
It has been a great relief talking to Christi. I feel heard, understood, and validated when we have sessions. She is approachable and funny. I highly recommend Christi!
Written on Aug 01, 2020 after therapy with Christi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Christi has helped me realize that I am worth it and that I'm not has horrible as I think I am. She is a blessing! Thank you so much
Written on Jul 31, 2020 after therapy with Christi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management