Frances Jones, MS, MFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT 116103 (510) 424-2548
Therapy is not only a commitment of time, energy, and resources but also a real relationship. Although the process of therapy looks different for everyone, I want to give you a sense of what to expect when working with me before we get started. What I've written on my website may be a helpful starting point, and I also offer a free initial phone consultation to get a sense if we might work well together.
Therapy for Individuals 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.
Some of the issues I work with include anxiety, depression, trauma, racial or cultural identity/ies, difficult family experiences, loneliness and isolation, and unsatisfying interpersonal relationships. I draw on a number of different therapeutic approaches, because I don't believe that one size fits all when it comes to therapy. I do, however, have a bias toward the importance of developing and maintaining self-awareness and balance. Learn more here.
Therapy for Couples We will generally meet once a week for 60-minute sessions, with the possibility of 50-minute sessions if this feels like enough time to do the work we want. Many couples come to therapy to address communication challenges, though in my experience things are rarely as simple as just figuring out the "right way" to talk to each other. Perhaps your interactions have become tense, or you find yourself having the same or similar arguments over and over. Or maybe things have gotten so strained between you that you barely feel safe or comfortable talking at all. Couples therapy can be both painful and joyful; it is an opportunity to heal wounds, reconnect, and rediscover intimacy. Learn more here.
Therapy for Adult Siblings We will generally meet once a week for 60-minute sessions, with the possibility of 50-minute sessions if this feels like enough time to do the work we want. Sibling relationships are complicated and diverse; your shared history also can mean shared wounds and entrenched conflict. Therapy can help. Learn more here.
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.