I am experienced in working with addictions, veterans, LGBTQ, couples, and adolescents in diverse populations. I specialize in life changes, relationship issues, women's issues, self esteem issues, and substance abuse. I also specialize in working with individuals and their families struggling with addiction, as this is a family disease. Recently I worked with clients with anxiety, mental health challenges, addictions, depression, trauma, and veterans with addictions and PTSD.
I served for 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and specialize in working with active and reserve members, veterans, and their families of the armed forces. If you are a veteran or active duty member having trouble reintegrating with your family, or struggling with substance abuse look no further! Help is here! I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and then went on to pursue my masters degree in Social Work at Barry University.
I work extremely hard to provide a safe environment for all of my clients where they can feel comfortable expressing themselves without worrying about being judged. I am direct and honest and hold my clients accountable for their choices and I give feedback that assists with a clients growth.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Career difficulties , Depression , Blended Family Issues , Communication Problems , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family Problems , First Responder Issues , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Life Purpose , Military and Veterans Issues , Narcissism , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Self-Love , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #SW15270 (Expires: 2021-03-01)
Franca is one of the best things that has happened for my mental health. She is easy to talk to and is quick to understand me and empathise. She is also the first counselor to offer me specific exercises to try that helped immediately. Within a few sessions I really felt a difference to how I cope with problems and I gained a deeper understanding of why I react and feel how I do. Franca has literally helped me turn my life around.
I hope to be able to add to this later as we have only had one session that was also subject to a power outage which took a small chunk of our time, but in that limited time I could feel Franca heard me, honed in on my struggles, challenged me, and put us on a path for a plan and goals to tackle what I struggle with. This is more than I could have imagined from all my past experiences in counseling. I cannot wait for our next session!
This is my first experience of talking therapy. I have had two sessions with Franca so far, and they have been very helpful for me to talk through certain things that have been floating around in my heart/mind for a long time. Especially to a person with less bias. I appreciate her questions, her inputs, and what she has to share. I have finished each session with a lot of things to self reflect on/process/work through. I do not yet know fully her past work experience, but I am interested to know. So far, so good.
I have appreciated Franca's support for the last few months and value her clear communication and recommendations to improve my sense of well-being. I truly appreciated her sensitivity in knowing when to a. nudge me to take action on my own behavioral changes...and to ease back and let me be for a time to process things on my own.
Franca is good.
I’ve already referred this service to our doctor, who now who shares it with her teen patients. And I’ll be signing up my son to work with Fanca too. She’s been a big help to my family and I appreciate her so much!
Very helpful! I always come away from the sessions with much more clarity and feel good. Franca gets right to the point to help me navigate the things in my life that I feel I need help with.
Franca is wonderful. She listens to me and addresses my concerns in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’m being silly, which is something I struggle with (feeling silly for having the feelings I do). I’ve just started with Franca and I’m looking forward to working with her more.
I have only had one session but look forward to more.
I wish I would have found this sooner! I have never liked going to counseling and having to be in an office - it just gave me even more anxiety to the point where it wasn’t effective. I was lucky to match with Franca when I signed up, and she was able to help me though text, and never pushed video chats or anything, which is great for me! I had no idea where to start or what to say, and she was able to ask questions to get me started and going in the right direction. I loved being able to go back and read our conversations, and worksheets to help the information really sink in. This has saved my life.
She is a strong advocate for me even when I don't feel confident in myself. She helps me seek out opportunities even when everything feels impossible.
She’s a great counselor and is so helpful to me. She offers many different solutions to any of my problems and keeps me on track to becoming a better person. Very much thankful for her and how she has been handling my situation!
Franca has been a tremendous asset to me, she is super responsive to my messages and I couldn't be more happy with her services. I would reccomend her to anyone. She is also friendly understanding and supportive. Keep up the good work thank you.