Francine Filzen

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Francine Filzen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in CA More info Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, LMFTs, are mental health professionals trained in family systems who can diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepting patients

Licensed in CA

Accepts insurance

Hi there, I'm Francine!

Hello! My name is Franni Filzen and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and credentialed art therapist. I work with youth, individuals, and families from a strength-based relational approach. I believe that every person is unique, and I employ an eclectic approach choosing from my years of experience and modality that I feel will work best with each individual.

My approach

I use family systems, attachment theory, trauma-informed care, neuro-sequential model of therapeutics, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, collaborative problem solving, and other modalities as well as incorporating art therapy when appropriate. Most important is meeting the person(s) where they are at.

My focus

I have worked with many different clients from all walks, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses. I have worked with the military and their families, in residential treatment, hospice, correctional facilities, schools, private practice, and community mental health. I love engaging with clients that truly desire change and are motivated to do so. I am comfortable working with many conditions, and am happy to refer out if I meet someone that is struggling with something that I feel is out of my scope of practice.

My communication style

I believe that the relationship is the most important factor when working with clients. I like to meet people where they are at, create a safe and trusting space, and get to work on the why of what brings someone to counseling. Most clients connect pretty quickly and find it easy to talk to me as I am pretty down to earth.

My journey to mental healthcare

I have had several careers-fine artist, graphic designer, landscape architect, and librarian. What I discovered is that I really enjoy the people aspect of those fields. Art therapy was the perfect blend of those, and in order to practice I needed an additional credential. I was drawn to marriage and family therapy because it utilizes a systemic approach. Every person is unique, and their development is influenced by the systems around them-family, friends, neighborhood, school, work, community, and more. I sought out my own therapists in my 20s and realized that I could do a much better job than some of the therapists I met. That is what spurred me on to attain my education and enter the field. There is nothing more satisfying than reaching the termination point in therapy where the client no longer needs your service because you helped them figure out how to navigate their world!

My goals for you

I am a big believer in setting SMART goals when appropriate-specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. However, often clients might not be sure why they are coming and need to explore more deeply to figure out what they want. I approach the client where they are at in the moment.

My first session with you

My goal in the first session is to get to know someone, explore what they are wanting, share something about myself, and answer any questions. I want my clients to feel comfortable opening up about their concerns and that takes a bit of time.

About Francine

Specialities

  • Adolescents/Teens
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Job Stress
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Methods

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Child/Parent Psychotherapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Eclectic
  • Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Grief Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-Based
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution Focused
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused

Practice

License

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) More info Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, LMFTs, are mental health professionals trained in family systems who can diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepted insurance providers

  • Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Blue Shield of CA, Carelon, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Southern Ca), MHN, Optum, and Tricare West

Languages spoken

  • English

Education

  • MA , Loyola Marymount University

Session Information

  • Video session
  • 60 minutes

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  • Video session
  • 55 minutes
  • Covered by Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Blue Shield of CA, Carelon, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Southern Ca), MHN, Optum, and Tricare West Session cost depends on your insurance, most people pay $5-40 per session after meeting their deductible. There aren't any fees for using Rula.

Next Appointment Wednesday, June 19

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