700 Front Street San Diego, CA 92101 P: (949) 633-1951 F: (619) 255-3906
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About Therapist Francesca Kelly

TherapistFrancesca Kelly is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #40206, with a license that is current and good-standing.

Francesca Kelly has 30-years experience in the helping profession, both working domestically and abroad. Her extensive experience provides a diverse and nuanced understanding of the issues facing her clients. Her clinical practice specialized in treating individuals and couples using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) modality. CBT is a state of the art modality of choice for anxiety and depressive disorders, amongst others, founded by Aaron Beck, of the Beck Institute. It is an evidence-based treatment modality and recognized as efficacious and solution-focused. Although Francesca Kelly’s client-load is unable to accommodate new on-going clinical patients, she recognizes the number of people currently suffering from significant emotional distress and mental illness. She provides full-service diagnostic assessment and certification letters prescribing an ESA or Service Animal to those who should have the comfort and succor provided by their pets, without financial penalty, or additional hardship which exacerbate negative symptomology. It is said that “If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any”. Francesca Kelly will help those impacted by mental distress or illness access their legal rights.

View Francesca Kelly’s profile at the Psychology Today’s website.

Francesca Kelly memberships, of which just a few are listed below, help insure those interested in counseling receive the highest quality of care:

  • CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) Membership in CAMFT is one of the hallmarks of professionalism for a therapist. It is not only a valuable resource on current best therapeutic practices, legal mandates and ethical issues facing practitioners, but most importantly serves as to inform, instruct, guide those who are considering or receiving counseling.

  • BBSE (California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners). The Board is the public watchdog and safeguard to insure those in counseling receive the highest ethical and legal standards. Clinicians who fail to comply with best practices are investigated and fined or stripped of their membership and license to practice. It is the public’s guardian, so to speak. As such, Francesca Kelly, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #40206 continues to enjoy a pristine reputation.

  • The California Cognitive Behavioral Institute (CCBI) membership provides up to the date information on cognitive behavioral therapy as well as domestic violence and batterer’s facilitation techniques and anger management interventions.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of the millions of individuals diagnosed or struggling with a mental illness.

In addition to membership in the above organizations, Francesca Kelly utilizes the resources of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the Society of Southern California of Clinical Hypnosis (SCSCH) to augment her therapeutic repertoire. The Beck Institute and North Valley Anger Management (NVAM) are additional invaluable resources that are used to further support client needs, to mention just a few.