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About ​


My  therapeutic philosophy is grounded in  family resilience, spirituality, and positive psychology.


I believe that as we journey through life it is normal for us to face challenges and sometimes experience moments when we need support and expert help.

I have the expertise to help you can overcome, find strength, be healed, be reconciled, and thrive. 


Child - School Concerns:

My many years as a school counselor and extensive years as a psychotherapist,  gives me over 25 years of successful understanding of how schools work.  I know the essential strategies to improve your child's grades. I will partner with you to strengthen your child's ability to deal with bullying, anxiety, worry, improve behavior and to gain life skills. I understand the gifted child and am certified to work with gifted children.


Dual Expertise in Counseling

I have training and extensive experiences as a Counseling Psychologist, both in the Caribbean and in the United States . My dual role as both therapist and school counselor makes me an expert with an extensive and unique perspective.

So apart from knowing what children need to thrive in the school setting and I know techniques and strategies to help parents, families and individuals become their best selves.  


I use  a variety of modalities including Positive Psychology interventions, narrative therapy, family systems strategies in particular the family tree or  genograms,  cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and EFT (Tapping ).


I treat patients suffering from anxiety, abandonment, attachment issues, loss, grief, depression, lack of purpose and meaning, spiritual disconnect, and trauma, including generational trauma rooted in family histories. 





 Memberships and Specialized Training


Member American Psychological Association

Member International Positive Psychology Association

Licensed Professional Counselor (GA #LPC007826)

Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (GA #772)

Certified Counselor for Gifted students

Certificate in Positive Psychology

Trained in Trauma Focused Behavior Therapy

Trained in Intergenerational Trauma

Certificate in Psychological First Aid - National Center for Child Traumatic Stress



Photo Gallery of Activities

Marietta City Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera, along with MCS Board of Education members honor Dr. Francis as Counselor of the Year.

Dr. Francis proudly hold her recognition as MCS Counselor of the Year.

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