Irene Weiss, MFT
On the path to finding love, fulfilling work and meaning, there will be challenges that make us feel anxious, depressed, angry or just uncertain. Life never stays the same. While change often brings joy, it can also cause stress and place great strains on our closest relationships. During these times, exploring our feelings and personal goals in a safe, nurturing environment can help us adjust to these inevitable changes.
I come from an artistic background with a BA in theater/dance, and am a visual artist and a singer/songwriter as well. I value family and good friends and am revived by journeys out into nature. My therapeutic style emphasizes warmth, creativity and communication and encourages you to experience your emotions and talk about your challenges.
I will use a variety of techniques to help change thoughts and behaviors that may not be working for you. I also find that humor helps to facilitate connection and communication.
While grief, loss, anxiety and depression are universal experiences, everyone deals with these issues differently. This is why one of my goals is to adapt therapy to your individual needs and wants . My experience includes working with adults, teens and children of all ages, facilitating groups and counseling couples. I am currently working with adults on an individual basis to help with any mental health issues, relationship challenges and life transitions. During my 17 years of providing therapy in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings, I have also worked with those who have substance abuse issues as well as with victims of trauma, abuse and neglect.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist and artist, I believe in the importance of the process or journey toward healing and self-fulfillment. I have found that focusing on your strengths and getting in touch with the body, mind and spirit can help promote health and well-being. I believe techniques are secondary to the relationship we will establish in therapy and my personal involvement in your journey of self-discovery and growth. I can offer you empathy, respect and listening without judgment, because to be truly heard is what makes us grow, adjust, and live to our fullest capacity.
Rodrigo Ney Franco
I have nine years working as a therapist. I first started practicing on the East coast in 2011 and have been practicing in the San Diego area since 2014. I feel fortunate to have had the experience of serving people in the communities in which I live in. My motivation has been to see the clients that I have worked with move forward with a better sense of purpose in their lives.
I believe a distinctive quality in my practice has been developing a therapeutic relationship based on acceptance. This is the basis for trust, crucial component needed to address issues, which many times are not easy to work out. This allows for an easier flow and resolution of psychological/emotional issues at hand.
Usually during the initial visit, an assessment is completed which allows us to have a baseline, as well as a therapeutic goal based each individual’s needs. I believe it is important to set goals and readjust them accordingly to new circumstance (for example, current isolation some of us might be experiencing). I enjoy different therapeutic approaches, among others Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-focused therapy. I have extensive knowledge and experience addressing issues such as substance use, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and geriatric therapy.
MA, Life Coach
Janice provides compassionate, non-judgmental care. She brings a holistic approach to her work and Strength-based therapy. Her goal and passion are to empower individuals to grow in their personal and relational aspects of their lives and/or heal from traumas or other difficult life situations. Janice is committed to help individuals with the healing process and to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships.
Over the last 8 years, Janice has worked with clients from a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds, and with various mental health needs. Her work includes but not limited to, mild to severe psychiatric illnesses and dual diagnosis in both inpatient hospital and outpatient settings. She received training in domestic violence and worked with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Training in areas of autism and behavior problems. Janice also has expertise in adjustment challenges (college, divorce, aging), relationship issues, addiction, anxiety and depression.
In addition to her becoming a life coach, she holds a current position as a registered Psychological Assistant with the California Board of Psychology. Outside of the office, Janice enjoys reading, being in nature, cycle class, kickboxing, and spending time with her family.