PsychotherapistFrancy holds a Doctoral Degree in Social Work (DSW), which she obtained through the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology in 2007; both degrees were completed at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). She obtained her clinical license in Nevada in 2015 and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Nevada and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Minnesota. Francy joined the Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas, Nevada as a School Social Worker, in January 2011. She remained with CCSD until 2019 when she completed her Doctoral Degree and decided to move back "home" to the Iron Range to be near family and enjoy hobby-farm living.
Since returning to Minnesota, Francy has switched her focus slightly to concentrate on providing psychotherapy. Francy views psychotherapy as a tool to help individuals change unwanted and unhelpful behaviors, beliefs, and feelings. She individualizes therapy to meet individuals' needs and support their goals. She aims to provide clients with knowledge and tools to foster growth. Francy focuses on empowering clients to improve their relationships, compassion (including self-compassion), self-awareness, and encourages a sense of connection and a sense of purpose. She describes therapy as the process of holding space for another to enable self-exploration in a safe, positive, non-judgmental, and authentic environment. She holds her social work values in the highest regard and emphasizes principles recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of all people, clients' rights to self-determination, and approaches her practice through the Person-in-Environment framework.
Francy incorporates practices from different types of therapy in her practice to support the needs of each client. However, she primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques and is particularly interested in Positive Psychology and Holistic Practices; Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, Animals, and the power of Animal and Human Connection. Her approach is person-centered and humanistic always.
In previous roles, Francy did direct work with students and families, including individual, group, and family counseling in the school setting. She participated in multidisciplinary school teams to recognize and address the mental health needs of all youth, and she worked to improve school climate and culture. She worked with a wide variety of issues including, trauma, depression, suicidality, anxiety, family conflict, peer conflict, LGBTQ issues, violence and abuse, grief, truancy, disciplinary challenges, school engagement, academic success, and general social and emotional needs. Francy's ideal client population remains adolescents, ages 14 and older. However, she is open to seeing individuals from the adult and geriatric populations as well. She currently provides individual therapy sessions.
Francy's areas of clinical focus and interest include:
Addiction Anger Management Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Issues Career/Work Issues Coping Skills
Depression Gender/Sexuality Issues Grief Life Transitions Mood Disorders Peer Relationships School Issues
Self-Esteem Self-Harming Spirituality Stress Suicidal Ideation Trauma
When we resume providing in-office sessions, Francy will see clients at the Virginia office on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays.