Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

Frances Jones, MS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #116103

Therapy is an opportunity to feel genuinely seen and understood by another person, maybe for the first time. I believe that it is from this place–of knowing yourself with compassion and being known without judgment–that meaningful change is possible. I work with individuals who grew up with a parent with addiction/mental illness, those grieving a loss, and those who are tired of the same stuck dating and relationship patterns. Some of my couples work has addressed preparing for parenthood, navigating racial and cultural differences, communication challenges and entrenched arguments, and physical and emotional intimacy issues.

Some of the issues I work with in individual therapy 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

Some of the couples issues I work with include:

  • Entrenched and repetitive arguments that go nowhere
  • Emotional distance and disconnection
  • Biracial and bicultural issues
  • Dealing with homophobia
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Pregnancy and new parenthood
  • Dysfunctional families of origin
  • Planning for the future and building shared goals

Even if you value independence and self-sufficiency, I don’t want you to have to “go it alone.” Together, with creativity, curiosity, and humor, we can help you build the life and relationships you want.


I enjoy having a diverse practice, and I welcome clients from various cultural backgrounds and from LGBTQ+ communities.

I love the creative, collaborative work of therapy, which I approach with a sense of
fierce integrity. I believe that our past experiences and relationships influence our
thoughts, emotions, and actions today, and I see the therapeutic relationship as a place
to discover and try out new ways of being and feeling in the world.

I draw on a number of different approaches to make therapy meaningful and productive for each of my clients, and I like to pay attention to important past experiences as well as what comes up right there in session. I believe in the healing and insight-building power of the therapeutic relationship itself.


I have worked with individuals, married and unmarried couples, families, children/adolescents, and groups at various locations throughout the East Bay. I hold a Master of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from San Francisco State University (2016). I am Gottman Method Level 1 certified, as well as a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

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3101 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705
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Clinical director
Roni Gillenson, MA, LMFT# 40438