Dr. Patricia Francis, O.P.Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Meet Dr. Francis. . .
As a licensed clinical psychologist, somatic experiencing practitioner, and trained spiritual director/companion, my desire is to be fully present to those who come to address issues affecting their well-being, attuning with compassion and applicable clinical skills. That stance provides a safe space for people to explore and process the issues that bring them to therapy and ultimately to achieve healing and personal growth, maintain wellness, and promote healthy relationships. As a person of faith, I am always open to the opportunity for people, if they so desire, to use their spirituality and their own Faith Tradition as resources that support their healing.
I work with people who present with a variety of issues. I am particularly interested in working with people who have been traumatized and often suffer from PTSD, as well as those who have mood disorders such as depression, bi-polar disorder, grief, anxiety and adjustment disorders. In addition, I serve those striving to improve self-esteem, navigate life transitions or diversity issues, improve interpersonal relationships, address chronic pain, and manage stress, anger, ADD/ADHD and various addictions or co-dependency. Being a Medicare provider has launched me into studies in the area of gerontology so I pay attention to particular issues this population brings to therapy.
To achieve healing and a sense of well-being, I draw from the literature on brain science and a variety of evidence-based as well as other therapeutic techniques in which I have been trained including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) as well as sand tray work, guided imagery, art, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Psychology. Aware of the benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, good nutrition and sleep, massage and body work, exercise, physical therapy, and sometimes medication or homeopathy, as well as other adjunct therapies. I refer to professionals trained in these areas to provide additional care when indicated.
“Fluent in American Sign Language and better in Signed English, I have worked with the Deaf Community for more than 40 years.”
In addition to working with individuals, couples and families, I sometimes facilitate groups or provide presentations on various topics related to holistic living, such as the mind, body and spirit connection, interpersonal relationships, marriage, communication skills, spirituality, and mental health issues. Doing this depends upon need and available time.
American Sign Language
Insurance I Accept
- PHCS MultiPlan Network
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, PPO plans and Blue Choice
I also accept most insurance plans out of network
~ Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Chicago)
~ M.A., Sangamon State University, HD Counseling with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
~ M.A., Creighton University in Christian Spirituality with practicums in spiritual direction and retreat work
~ B.A., Quincy University in Elementary Education (Certified K-12, minor in English)
Dr. Francis is a vowed member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois
Membership in Professional Organizations
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Clinical Member) and IAMFT
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors (Fellow) and Heartland Region
- American Psychological Association and IPA
- American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and Chicago Chapter
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association
- International Imago Relationship Therapists and Chicago Imago Relationship Therapists
- International Catholic Deaf Association
- International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Chicago Center for EFT
- National Catholic Office for the Deaf and Great Lakes Region
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
- Spiritual Directors International and Chicago Area Spiritual Directors
“This is what I ask, only this,
to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.”
Serving also, as the Director of Counseling Services. . .
As director, I oversee the clinical training at the Center, provide for the supervision of our practicum students, doctoral interns and post docs and serve as the liaison with the training departments of the professional schools and universities. In this role, I strive to assure that our therapists provide quality care and that we adhere to the professional code of ethics and the rules and laws of government. To achieve this, we conduct weekly peer supervision with all of our therapists and support or offer programs that further our continued education. I hope you find the information you need on our website to guide you in selecting a therapists to match your needs. Should you have any questions or need help in selecting a therapist, feel welcome to contact me.
As director of counseling services, I am the one who assigns clients who have no preference for a particular therapist to the therapist who is available, could meet the needs mentioned and are on your insurance panel or could reduce or supplement your rate of payment if needed. All of these factors contribute to a good fit for therapy.