Philosophy and Approach: I offer individuals, couples and groups the opportunity to gain insight into behaviors, find healthier ways to meet needs and goals, heal difficult communications and overwhelming emotions and resolve painful traumas. I have worked extensively in the field of addiction treatment, eating disorders, dual diagnosis and PTSD. Combining my interactive style with a range of modalities, I meet clients where they are and provide interventions and coaching that draws upon family systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Seeking Safety, narrative therapy, EMDR, DBT, sand tray, art therapy and mindfulness practices. Sessions will be conducted via telecare/online/Zoom.
Formal Education and Training: I hold a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco, graduating in 2009. Major course work included human lifespan development, cultural competency, addiction studies, trauma-informed interventions, complex trauma and attachment disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, thought disorders, group dynamics and family systems. I have been trained to use Sand Tray and Art therapy interventions, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt, mindfulness practices, EMDR, DBT and Seeking Safety interventions. I am currently pursuing certification in EMDR.
As a Licensee of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, I abide by its Code of Ethics. To maintain my license, I am required to participate in continuing education and taking classes in topics relevant to this profession.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, First Responder Issues, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Jealousy, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
CA LMFT 109192
Francia is the most amazing therapist a girl could have. She’s intelligent, funny, and truly listens. She saved my life - I love her immensely.
Written on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with Francia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Francia is very kind and listens carefully to everything. She takes notes and always circles back to make sure we find a solution to everything.
Written on Mar 19, 2022 after therapy with Francia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem
She helps me to to cope up with my stress anxiety and fear
Written on Jan 29, 2022 after therapy with Francia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and eating disorders