Frances Pena- Lopez, LCSW
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Frances Pena- Lopez

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Frances Pena is a Latina licensed clinical social worker who was born to immigrant parents. She grew up in a multicultural neighborhood and learned about many different cultures and how to communicate with them. She has worked with individuals and families for over 32 yrs and uses compassion and a holistic approach to address needs. All services are provided via telehealth.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Locations
Finances
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$80-140
Sliding Scale
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Cigna
Oscar
Out-of-pocket
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“I believe that everyone deserves to be happy and sometimes things happen in life that take us away from balance and health.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I obtained my social work degree in my early 20s from Columbia University. I have always been good at listening to people and helping them identify when coping skills are not allowing them to reach their potential or desired happiness. I work with teenagers, adults, and the elderly population. I have done direct care and been a program director. I have worked on inpatient psychiatric units, on medical units, and in outpatient care. I have worked with clients who experience anxiety, depression, chronic or acute illness, and trauma. I love working as a therapist and will work with you on your individual plan.
What should someone know about working with you?
Once you take the hardest step, decide to pursue therapy, and contact me, we will set up an appointment. In our first sessions, I will ask you many questions and allow you to tell me your story. Together, we will develop the goals and coping skills that you want to work on. We will have weekly sessions via telehealth and talk about you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take CEU classes and read to maintain my competency.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that everyone deserves to be happy and sometimes things happen in life that take us away from balance and health. I am committed to working with individuals to bring hope back and to help you work on your journey in life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about telehealth. Telehealth allows you to find the right therapist without having to worry about how you are going to get there. It allows people who are homebound to get access to the care they need.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I was involved in a research study about domestic violence in a trauma hospital. I realized that many problems are caused by past abuse, whether verbal or physical. I was able to educate people about the cycle of violence and help them recognize language and behaviors that are not acceptable in healthy relationships.
“I am committed to working with individuals to bring hope back and to help you work on your journey in life.”
Interested in speaking with Frances?