Clinical

Dr. Franklin is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private clinical practice in the San Francisco Bay Area community of El Cerrito. Dr. Franklin conducts therapy with individuals, couples, and families. Therapy can be either brief (typically, 10 to 20 sessions) or longer-term, depending upon the client’s situation. She has worked with a diverse array of clients presenting with a broad range of problems.

Her practice is non-managed care, and she does not routinely provide information to insurance companies or seek treatment authorization from them. However, she will complete insurance documentation if a client so requests, and she will assist patients in obtaining reimbursement for covered treatment.

Her office is convenient to freeways and is only two blocks from BART.

Philosophical approach

Dr. Franklin combines warmth, empathy and humor with empirically grounded clinical techniques. She uses a combination of cognitive, solution-oriented and family systems philosophies to guide her clinical work. Her approach is supportive and collaborative. She presents straightforward information, and involves clients in decision-making and goal-setting.

Dr. Franklin’s underlying philosophy is that clients have within them the resources and strengths to improve their lives in the desired direction. She sees her role as helping clients get unstuck and speeding up their desired change process. She focuses primarily on the client’s present functioning and goals for the future. The past is only explored as it relates to current patterns that may be problematic. Dr. Franklin also addresses environmental factors — such as discrimination or poverty — that may be contributing to a client’s situation.

Resources for therapy clients

  • California Board of Psychology consumer brochure “For Your Peace of Mind” (booklet also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, and Tagalog)
  • How To Choose A Therapist,” online checklist by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.