Does your mind feel like a broken record lately? Do you have unwanted, intrusive thoughts stuck on a loop in your head, and do you struggle with letting seemingly simple things go? Living with anxiety and OCD is exhausting, and keeps us focused on all the bad things that could happen as opposed to allowing us to enjoy the present moment. Perhaps you’re stuck in memories from a past event, like a painful relationship or beating yourself up over past choices. This can show up like anxiety, depression, jumpiness, irritability, and rob you of the enjoyment available to you today.
My ideal client is anyone who is brave enough to share a little of their story with me. It is very brave to be vulnerable with a stranger who has not rightfully earned your trust yet. I enjoy working with individuals who survive depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, family issues, interpersonal relationship issues, womens issues, LGBTQ specific issues, marital problems, self-esteem/insecurities, life transitions and most other variations distress or adversity.
Do you have hope that it can get better? It can! While creating a safe place, therapy can help you learn to practice taking care of yourself. You are important and you deserve to be happy, healthy, and have hope in life. Through empowerment, encouragement, and education we can help to ease some of your burden.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with clients in their early 20s to late 50s. Clients often come to our first session feeling stuck and uncertain about how to attain the life they want to live. Relationships and career stressors contribute to self-doubt and anxiety, leaving them confused about how to move forward. In therapy, I work with clients to begin valuing themselves, tuning into their desires and dreams, and moving in that direction. The first step toward change is often learning to treat ourselves with the same love and care we would show to a valued friend.
Hey there! It sure has been a rough day, week, month, year - you name it. When was the last time you just breathed? Stopped and breathed? Feeling like you are overwhelmed? Having a hard time putting your thoughts and feelings into words? What's stopping you from living your best life? In my practice I focus on creating a space for clients to just BE... just be here, just be present, just be yourself. Our time together will focus on learning ways to improve mood, reduce stress, make realistic goals, and create healthy boundaries/relationships. We all need a place to find solace, rest, and our inner strength.
NOW taking Blue Cross/Blue Shield! Looking for a professional who is passionate about working with women's issues and couples? I specialize in helping young women who want to find relief from anxiety discover ways to feel more relaxed and confident. I also assist struggling couples who want to improve their relationship, learn ways to communicate better, and become stronger friends and partners. If you have either of these concerns, I can help you quickly and effectively. Call my office or click the "Email Me" button today! I look forward to helping you!
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW-CP, ICSW
Carissa Francis provides in-person psychotherapy sessions in Purcellville, Virginia and virtual therapy to those residing in West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, & Washington, DC. She enjoys working with adolescents, teens, & adults. Carissa uses light humor and warmth to connect with clients and create a safe place for their healing and self-discovery. She is trained in many evidenced-based treatments to empower clients to identify obstacles and build skills to achieve their goals.
Congratulations on taking this step to work on improving your life/situation. That is a huge step and one that will be honored if you choose to work with me. I see therapy as helping people to change, not changing people. I am a client-centered therapist with over 25 years working in mental health. I have seen such a wide brush-stroke of peoples' experiences, nothing is any longer unbelievable, nor open to my judgment. These experiences include: inpatient care, high school and university educational counseling, and community-based care. My clients experiences define the concept of diversity.
If you are suffering and are ready to improve your emotional stability, tolerance for stress, and/or relationships by understanding yourself better, learning coping skills, and modifying unhelpful thinking, beliefs, and behaviors, then call and friendly staff will make your first appointment. I provide customized psychotherapy to treat depression, anxieties, bipolar disorders; adjustment and relationship problems; relapse prevention; attention deficit disorder; problems of aging; existential crises; LGBTQI adjustment and relationship problems; chronic pain; and sleep problems>> for patients age 19 to 99.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-ALP, LCMHC, NCC, ADC
Even resilient and strong people need support for the challenges that life can send their way! During times of challenge and growth, I am here to support you as you rediscover what allows you to have a fulfilling life. My clients describe me as compassionate, authentic and kind. They also say that I gently challenge them to meet their goals and celebrate with them when they do! You don't have to live with depression, anxiety or self doubt. You can thrive and grow, even through the most challenging times in life; you don't have to go through things alone. You are taking the first step to reach the peace and happiness you deserve.