Frances Berberena, LCSW
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Frances Berberena

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Not Taking New Clients
Frances Berberena is a bilingual psychotherapist, fluent in both English and Spanish. She works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life stressors, grief, self-esteem, and transition. She helps clients gain insight, dismantle false stagnating beliefs, and reduce shame and self-doubt. Her forte is unlocking a client’s inner strengths, talents, and resilience.
Specialties
General Mental Health
LGBTQ
Personal Growth
Locations
Finances
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
Out-of-pocket
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“I have always had a love for all things social and found the study of people fascinating, which is what drove me to complete my master’s in social work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a love for all things social and found the study of people fascinating, which is what drove me to complete my master’s in social work. Growing up in a low-income household, I was the first person to go to college in my family and I received lots of help and support from social workers throughout my academic career. I’ve always felt, and still feel, a drive to pay it forward.
What should someone know about working with you?
I listen attentively to concerns, encourage exploration by asking guiding questions, provide feedback, offer psychoeducation, and teach skills that may help a client cope with their challenges. I even throw in a bit of humor when appropriate. Yes, it’s true: therapy can be fun!
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How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I’m currently part of an informal peer supervision group, which is very helpful in keeping me refreshed and mindful as well as informed in my work with clients. My colleagues challenge me to think outside the box and shed light on areas I may have missed, enhancing my work with my clients in the process.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited that we’re taking mental health and wellness more seriously and reducing the stigma. There is still a ways to go but I am certain that, with these challenging times we are facing today, we’ll further recognize how mental health treatment is of the most importance. Telehealth serves as an amazing avenue that has come to the rescue for so many clients as well as therapists at critical moments. How lucky we are to live during this era where such great technology exists!
What does your work around adoption look like?
I have worked with parents of adopted children around disclosure to the child or other family members, with potential parents wanting to adopt, and with adoptees themselves. Being adopted myself, I can develop an empathetic and genuine rapport with clients around such a sensitive subject matter. In the modern times of ancestry.com and 23 and Me, there are many clients meeting new relatives, which can result in joyous reunions or disruptive ones. I help, guide, and support clients through these delicate transitions.
“I have worked with parents of adopted children around disclosure to the child or other family members, with potential parents wanting to adopt, and with adoptees themselves.”