Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

Frances Jones, MS

Registered Associate MFT #94088
Supervised by Lucy Collier, LMFT#37260

I see therapy as an opportunity to help you regain your sense of balance, and to feel deeply and truly understood. Taking care of other people and their feelings may come naturally to you . . . but wouldn’t it be nice 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. As part of our therapeutic relationship, I would also love to help you discover healthy, satisfying relationships in the “real world.” I specialize in grief and sudden loss, pregnancy, biracial and bicultural issues, and stuck dating and relationship patterns.

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.

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

I also offer a pregnancy group, designed to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for pregnant folks to find community and support (learn more here).

MY APPROACH

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.

MY BACKGROUND

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  prelicensed member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

For more information please visit: www.francesjonestherapy.com

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