Francesca Sills (she, her, hers)
Francesca seeks to build genuine connection with everyone she works with. It is her goal to develop therapeutic relationships that are inclusive, rooted in trust, are experience affirming, provide space to explore challenges, and establish goals towards clients' overall wellbeing. Francesca works with clients to explore their identities, passions, dreams, fears, and relationships while establishing a meaningful framework towards change. She brings a sense of curiosity into the exploration of the tension between where clients are and where they want to be. She believes that it is important to look at the messages we have received throughout our lives and how we have internalized them. Francesca views mental health services as a tool to both prevent and treat challenges that come up in our lives. She knows that we all have the tools within us to heal and is honored to be a part of each client’s journey.
Francesca's counseling framework is based in existential and cognitive behavioral therapy. Through this framework, clients explore themes of freedom, loss, power, purpose, responsibility, and meaning making. She supportively guides clients toward recognizing behavior patterns, triggering environments, and faulty thinking patterns. Francesca supports clients through realistic goal setting and defining measurable ways they will notice change occurring within their lives.
Francesca received her BA in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz where she focused on the intersectionality of class, race, gender, and sexuality. She is a clinician in training under the supervision of Kristy LaRocca, LMHC and is working towards completing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SUNY New Paltz, as well as an advanced certificate in Trauma and Disaster Mental Health. She has additional training in chemical dependency counseling. Francesca is a strong mental health advocate and has worked with survivors of violence, individuals with different ability statuses, families within the foster system, crisis intervention, and those navigating substance use disorders. Francesca works to uplift and center the voices of individuals within the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities while providing accessible, quality mental health services to everyone on their journey towards wellness.