We are meant to heal.
The relationship of therapist and client takes place within a safe haven created by respect, acceptance, attuned connection and trust. The process of healing unfolds through making sense of one’s story ~ understanding how distortions and survival modes may have developed in response to real life experiences, and responding with compassion and without self-blame. Within this alliance, painful feelings and thoughts can be explored and expressed, as well as new ways of coping and new ways of relating. I have worked with individuals, couples and families as they experience the challenges of relationships, and the loss and transitions of life passages.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, I became involved in trauma and play therapy while at UCLA's Department of Pediatrics. Transitioning to private practice in 2003, I continue to work with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as an EMDR Certified Therapist, I serve adults, children and adolescents with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, and ADD/ADHD, as well as individuals and families with grief and loss, stage of life/adjustment, behavioral, attachment, domestic violence and other abuse issues.
Seeking out help takes courage. There is a level of vulnerability that is required when meeting someone new and sharing material that has possibly never been shared before. In fact, this can feel daunting. Perhaps you aren't where you'd like to be in life. There's a chance you aren't satisfied in your relationship(s). Or maybe you just need some help because what is being done simply is not working anymore. I believe the goal is to grow into our healthiest and most authentic selves.
Have you ever wondered, "Is this all there is in this life?" Are you depressed and/or anxious? Do you find it difficult to know what you need and want? Or to make decisions? Come discover new awareness about yourself through the following therapeutic techniques; DBT, EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, My job is to assist you in learning about yourself based on your past, present and future, with compassion. Together, we will learn more about who you are, your ideal future Looking forward to helping you begin your journey. Life is short, don’t wait, let’s begin you’re healing process today! Call
Are you tired of the struggle to create and maintain fulfilling relationships within your own self and with others? Confused and lost in the pandemic? Through anxiety & energy management, inter-personal psychotherapy and inter-generational life coaching & parenting, focused on a highly personalized approach of integrating mind and heart, body and soul, you will get to the root of your problems and become confident in your ability to change and heal. You can acquire peace, even in the midst of turmoil. You start to fulfill the innate desire for love in all your relationships, with your self and others, with the world and its Creator.
Licensed and specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationships, and more. I have a private office for in person therapy and also utilize modern technology in order to provide you with Skype, FaceTime or phone sessions, or text therapy. I have personal experience recovering from an eating disorder as well as internship practice with cancer patients, victims of crime, and children.
It is my intention to meet you where you are, with my full presence and experience, honoring your inherent wisdom and all that has brought you to this place. Taking steps to create a more fulfilling life may be one of the most profound actions one can undertake.
Some Adults, Teens and Children in our community face issues of stress, fear of underachieving, depression, body-image concerns, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia or over-eating), relationship traumas (affairs, divorce, abuse, child custody battles), addictions. Other adults face unsettling retirement, empty nest syndrome, elder care concerns, serious illnesses, definite anxiety and feelings of meaninglessness. Couples become estranged: lacking in communication, connection and emotional or sexual intimacy. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist and Counselor for over 30 years, Dr. Carol Francis uses multiple researched tools helping individuals, couples, and families create satisfaction and well-being.
I specialize in EMDR, I offer state of the art, technology to aid in the delivery of EMDR Therapy. If you suffer for any form of trauma or have trouble falling or staying asleep, guilt, shame and regret, anxiety or depression. If you suffer from low self-esteem, relationship issues, or repeating old patterns, then EMDR could work for you. Clients that have been in therapy for years using other modalities are often surprised at how quickly they can drop their emotional baggage and create the life they want. I also offer CBT, Narrative, Mindfulness, and Anger Management Therapy.
The decision to start seeing a therapist often comes after months, or even years, of emotional struggle. You may feel like you should be able to handle this on your own or you may be losing hope that things can get better at all. It takes courage, hope, and determination to reach out for help. This is why, as a therapist, I work hard from day one to make you feel comfortable, accepted, and heard. I want you to know that you are not alone and that I can help you get through this. My goal at the end of therapy is always for my clients to feel whole and healthy and deeply connected to the people around them.
I am a Board Certified psychotherapist. Many clients simply need help in handling a family or personal crisis, or guidance through a transitional period in their lives. I encourage goal setting, specific objectives, strategies and time frames. I also have extensive experience responding to the needs of women, men and couples who are having difficulty juggling family, finances, work stress and intimate relationships.
Do you want more out of your life and relationships, yet unsure of how to make that happen? Are you able to imagine the life you want but feelings of self-doubt, unworthiness and fear seem to always get in your way? You're not alone. Sometimes all we need is someone to listen and a safe place to talk. Therapy can be effective by helping you begin to uncover your unique strengths in order to live the life and have the relationships you want.
My passion is providing therapy to individuals and families to help them have greater joy in their life and relationships and to overcome painful feelings and life experiences. Have you ever felt a negative emotion for long periods of time? Anger, sadness, worry, fear, guilt, or shame? Have these feelings been combined with negative thoughts that play over and over in your mind, no matter how hard you try not to think about them? Did these thoughts and feelings begin after a life event or experience. Or, did they seem to come out of nowhere? Either way, if you are looking for support and relief I am here to help.
I have the tools you are looking for to support your family's mental and emotional health. You are here because you need support in identifying ways to decrease your child's undesired behaviors. You are looking for an evidence-based, easy to implement interventions that will work. Or, you are here because you are a new parent and you're feeling more than just the baby blues. I bring a unique specialization in working with children and families. I support you and your family by building upon your strengths and proving the tools you need to thrive.
You are already enough. No holes to be filled. No cracks to be plastered. I get it. Choosing self love can be hard. Everyone needs guidance. You might feel empty and desperate. I know it hurts to live in disconnect between what you are currently going through and what resides outside of you without effort. I know that life feels debilitating sometimes and you forget to breathe. I know there are parts you don't love. You want to be gentle when doubt visits, when fear obstructs, when control drains, and when loneliness blinds you to your own guiding light. When you are down you deserve support towards more self love.
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC, PPS
Looking at your schedule for the day or the next month causes you a great deal of anxiety because, for you, free time means availability. You tend to schedule every last bit of your calendar to provide your time to everyone in your life except yourself. You feel guilty leaving an open slot of time to rest because it feels unproductive. Even taking a vacation stresses you out because you dread the amount of work waiting for you. Self-care might even just look like scheduling time to take a shower or head to the grocery store.
Accepting immediate clients as of May, 2022. Everyone deserves love and compassion, even when we've done things we are not proud of. I work primarily with people who have committed or have an inclination towards sex offense that want to BE different; with the LGBT population navigating the difficult world of dating in a sex-driven world; with codependency and the unhealthy relationships they establish; with people who have acted out in domestic violence and need to find change; and with the parole/probation/CPS population who are not only seeking to meet the legal requirements, but seeking to develop a more harmonious lifestyle.
As a therapist, I know that sometimes, you may just need someone to listen and walk through a difficult season in life with you. You may find yourself in need of a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings about dating, a significant relationship or a life transition. You may be coping with pain in ways that are self-destructive, or feeling "stuck", sad, and/or overwhelmed by worry. I offer understanding and caring, compassionate feedback. My goal is to help you tap into your own inner wisdom, so that you can heal, grow, and thrive- ultimately living a more fulfilling life.
You may want to work on relationship issues, boost self-esteem, find freedom from being "stuck", or simply want someone to join the process of understanding yourself better. Whatever might bring you into therapy, the clinical approaches I use are strength-based (focusing on your strengths) and are proven to be effective for both short and long-term therapy. I believe starting with a clear understanding of a client's past experiences, current issues, and therapist and client working together in a safe environment are key ingredients for therapeutic progress.
Throughout my many years as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been committed to providing the highest level of professional and compassionate care when serving individuals during their most difficult life challenges. I tailor my approach to therapy based on the unique needs of each person I get the privilege to help. My mission is to help you gain healthy balance so you may enjoy positive relationships, fulfill your life’s purpose and achieve your highest potential. I work with clients from a strength based focus while providing a safe, non-judgmental environment to learn and grow.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Rancho Palos Verdes are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Rancho Palos Verdes then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Rancho Palos Verdes, or Child Psychologists in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Rancho Palos Verdes psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Rancho Palos Verdes specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.