About Me

The fast pace of our society and all that it demands can often leave us ignoring issues that impede our personal growth as well as our ability to feel truly happy. We put our problems aside often saying, “I will deal with that later.” Unfortunately, the stressors tend to accumulate and we begin functioning from place of physical and emotional exhaustion. If you are reading this I say “Congratulations!” You’ve taken the first step to becoming a more emotionally healthy version of yourself. This journey isn’t an easy one but it would be my honor to take this journey with you. My name is Fran and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego. I have a passion for empowering others and understand that we all come with a lifetime of experiences that shape our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. My goal is to create a safe, honest and supportive place to share your story with no judgement. I want to work with you in exploring strategies to alleviate stress, manage negative emotions, heal emotional distress and plan for a future filled with strength, optimism, happiness and a sense of peace.

I put a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as I believe this is a crucial component for making the most progress possible. Therefore, I prefer video sessions as I believe they allow for a quicker development of the therapeutic relationship. However, I understand that some may not be entirely comfortable with that format so I am also available to you via phone and text if that is a better fit. I am also flexible with scheduling and really try to accommodate your needs. I take pride in being highly responsive and will typically check my messages at least twice daily. I work with my clients on a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship difficulties, parenting, family building, identify formation, self-esteem, grief, and loss. I typically blend therapeutic approaches and customize an integrated approach for each client. My practice is influenced by various therapeutic models including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

Watching my clients make progress is so incredibly rewarding. It truly would be my privilege to work with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #69689 (Expires: 2020-12-31)


Reviews

Written by Z.O. on Oct 21, 2020 after counseling with Fran for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Fran is an amazing therapist. She listens to me and offers advice when needed. I feel appreciated and heard after a session with Fran.

Written by M.A. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Fran for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

Fran is an excellent counselor as she listens and does not tell you what to do but asks you how you feel. I am very happy with her and she is helping me naviagte this thing called life!

Written by S.A. on Jul 13, 2020 after counseling with Fran for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Fran is very kind and caring. She prioritizes your needs and does her best to help you discover your the root of your issues. She takes initiative in making sure video chats are consistent. She’s always grateful for any progress and effort I put forward.