Frances Jones, MS, MFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT 116103 (510) 424-2548
I want to help you regain your sense of balance. I want you to feel understood in session and in our therapy relationship, and I would love to help you discover healthy, satisfying relationships in the "real world." Taking care of other people and other people's feelings may come naturally to you, but you also deserve to feel better, more of the time. Therapy can be a chance to learn how to do both: to meet your life responsibilities and maintain important relationships, while also respecting and caring for yourself.
We will generally meet once a week for 50-minute sessions. Early in our work, I will ask you what brings you to therapy, and I will try to get a sense of what is going on for you now as well as aspects of your history or experiences that may have relevance today. My focus is not on finding something "wrong with you" or on defining you now based on your past: I simply want to hear and understand what you are dealing with, and what you have gone through. Then we can collaborate to convert insight into change that you want.
Some of the issues I work with include:
-Grief and unexpected loss -Breakups and relationship loss -Anxiety and depression -Trauma -Biracial and bicultural issues -Dysfunctional family experiences -Sibling relationships -Loneliness and isolation -Unsatisfying interpersonal relationships -Pregnancy
*** A word about grief and loss: Grieving a death, or the loss of a relationship, or something else held dear is not just painful but isolating: you may feel like you're "supposed" to be "getting over it," when in fact you are more in pain than ever. I don't have a timeline for your grief. I understand that healing takes time and can feel unfathomable, and I will meet you where you are while also holding on to hope.
Frances Jones offers psychotherapy and counseling for individuals, couples, and adult siblings in Oakland. Specializations include grief and sudden loss, dysfunctional family of origin, pregnancy, biracial and bicultural issues, dating and relationship blocks, premarital issues, and and stuck couple dynamics. Frances welcomes clients from LGBTQ+ communities. Her approach is relational, collaborative, and humorous. Her office is close to public transportation, and she invites clients from Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Alameda, Albany, Walnut Creek, San Leandro, and elsewhere in the East Bay.