Ellen Kaney-Francis

(LCSW)

About Me

Hello, I’m so glad you’ve decided to take this step of seeking support. It’s truly a brave and worthy choice to pursue an existence free from whatever heavy burdens you’re carrying. This is not a place to bury painful experiences and feelings but to gradually process them in a productive way and gain a greater sense of clarity and control as well as compassion for yourself. Yes, participating in counseling can be uncomfortable and hard at times, but that’s why it’s a team effort—I’m here to listen, encourage, educate, and guide.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) dedicated to empowering individuals healthfully and safely navigate the trials and transitions of life. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and then continued my studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Master’s degree in Social Work. I regularly attend conferences and trainings to maintain my licensure and stay informed of best practices. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which is touted for its effectiveness in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

I am goal-oriented and strengths-based. So often, as we’re working to achieve or overcome something, we fail to acknowledge progress or give ourselves credit for good choices and effort along the way! What are you already doing well for yourself? Highlighting victories—however big or small—builds confidence and fuels motivation. I value a cognitive-behavioral approach, which involves examining how our thoughts, feelings, and actions are related. By doing this, we can identify problem areas and create solutions for change. Whatever approach we take, it will be important to pay attention to body cues—what is your body telling you? Physical symptoms are very telling, even when you struggle for the words to express your emotions.

I have been fortunate to work with clients of various cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I am an LGBTQ ally. Numerous moves throughout the country and extensive travel have provided me with valuable perspective of the diverse faces and expressions of loss, grief, and suffering as well as courage, determination, and hope. I previously worked as a therapist and advocate for victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence—including intimate partner violence, dating violence, and child abuse—impacts individuals and families of all kinds and significantly disrupts one’s physical and emotional safety, which takes time to restore.

While my clinical experience spans all age groups, I’ve specialized in individual and group therapy with teens. With biological and social forces on overdrive, teens naturally struggle to maintain a confident sense of self while balancing expectations from peers and family. They can be impulsive, and their outcries for help are sometimes dismissed as “dramatic” or attention-seeking. It’s common for parents and caregivers to feel frustrated and worried during these tough years. I am available to help equip parents and caregivers with support and resources.

I believe that everyone deserves to feel heard. Some people find their voice in spoken word, while others prefer to communicate through journaling, creative arts, music, dance, or play. I support any form of healthy expression that aids one’s process of healing. Personally, I enjoy expressing myself through writing and poetry and have found these to be effective outlets for many clients as well.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Family, Grief, Parenting, Anger, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 6

Licensing

LCSW #55393 (Expires: 2019-01-31)


Reviews

Written by L.I. on Oct 06, 2017 after counseling with Ellen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and grief

She has been wonderful. Continually touching base with me when I'm not doing a good job of responding. I feel like she genuinely cares, that I can talk openly and honestly without feeling judged. In her messages, I almost can feel her holding my hand. She is basically keeping me going right now.

Written by S.A. on Sep 27, 2017 after counseling with Ellen for 2 months depression, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

Ellen is amazing, am so glad I have someone who I can confide in who doesn't judge and helps me rationalize worries.

Written by K.I. on Jul 31, 2017 after counseling with Ellen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, and anger

Excellent. Responsive and caring. Really listens and offers workable and realistic goals. Highly recommend.