Hello. I'd like to take some time to introduce myself. My name is Mary Ann Santiago-Francis. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Central CT State University in 2007. I went on to continue my post-grad education at CCSU and obtained a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012.
Previous to becoming a LMFT, I worked directly with adults who were diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as with children who experienced behavioral issues. These experiences added to my training at CCSU, where then I began to work with adults, children and couples. I work with a broad spectrum of clients who experience relational issues; difficulty with managing their stress, anxiety, depression, suffer from PTSD, and bipolar. After working at community agencies for several years, I have been able to acquire experience working with children and adults who are on the Autism Spectrum. I have been versed on creating behavioral plans as well as providing psychoeducation to parents on how to help their children.
With some training in mindfulness, I assist my clients in learning how to find peace of mind, and being able to move forward in life. I am a therapist who uses a variety of techniques and approaches, as I do believe that there is no "one size fits all" method. I provide my clients psychoeducation so that they can gain an understanding of their current situation. Compassion, understanding, and collaborative effort is an important part of this therapy process, and I am committed to helping each person reach their personal goals.
Masters of Science Marriage and Family Therapy CCSU 2012
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